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Southern Hostess Seven-Layer Salad

Jenny from Not Entirely Average
Behold this kitchen masterpiece that is the Southern Seven-Layer salad. A potluck classic of sorts, and every Southern hostess has her winning ingredient combination!
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Chilling Time 1 d
Total Time 1 d 35 mins
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 408 kcal


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    Ingredients for Southern Hostess Seven-Layer Salad

    • 1 1/2 cups uncooked small shell pasta
    • 1 tablespoon quality olive oil I am using Thea Greek olive oil
    • 3 cups shredded lettuce
    • 4 large hard-boiled eggs, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
    • 3 cups cooked diced turkey or chicken, chilled
    • 2 cups frozen baby green peas
    • 1/2 cup finely chopped mixed red and sweet onion
    • 1 1/2 cups prepared salad dressing of your choice
    • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


    The Method

    • Cook pasta according to package directions until tender. Drain and drizzle with olive oil to keep from sticking. Set Aside to cool.
    • Place lettuce in clear glass serving bowl or trifle dish; top with cooled pasta.
    • Spread chopped eggs over pasta and season with salt and pepper.
    • Layer on the diced turkey (or chicken), the peas, and the red and sweet chopped onion.

    ** if making ahead to transport, you may end at this step, cover the salad with plastic and refrigerate until ready to use. Just before serving (see below steps for completion)

    • Using a rubber spatula if necessary, spread dressing on top and sprinkle cheese all over.
    • Serve well chilled with warm buttermilk biscuits with butter and honey.


    Serving: 1servingsCalories: 408kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 20gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 127mgSodium: 680mgPotassium: 479mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 5721IUVitamin C: 27mgCalcium: 143mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword 7 layer, barbecue side dish, chicken, pot luck, salad, seven layer, turkey