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A close up of a plate of chicken and noodles and vegetables in Seven-layer salad

Southern Hostess Seven-Layer Salad

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 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 35 minutes
Course: Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 7 layer, barbecue side dish, chicken, pot luck, salad, seven layer, turkey
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 408kcal

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Equipment

  • Glass Trifle Bowl or Wide Glass Salad Bowl
  • Salad Tongs or Salad Spoons

Ingredients

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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

    Instructions

    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.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1servings | Calories: 408kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 680mg | Potassium: 479mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5721IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg

    Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.