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Recipe: Seven-layer salad

seven-layer salad

If you're looking for a healthy potluck dish or a way to lighten up your holiday table, try out this Seven-Layer Salad. This recipe can be modified with many types of vegetables - even red and green if you're in the Christmas spirit!

Seven-Layer Salad

(Serves 10)

Salad ingredients:
8 cups shredded lettuce (romaine, mixed greens or spinach work)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1 medium yellow bell pepper, diced
1 cup halved grape tomatoes, or other fresh diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced celery
1/2 cup sliced scallions
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup thinly sliced basil
3 strips of cooked bacon, crumbled or chopped

3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
3/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
2 tsp cider vinegar (or more if you like a thinner dressing)
1-2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper



  1. Place lettuce in a large bowl or a trifle dish if you want to see the layers. Layer peas, bell pepper, tomatoes, celery and scallions on top.
  2. Whisk dressing ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Spread the dresssing evenly over the top of the salad. Sprinkle with cheese, basil and bacon. Serve room temperature or chilled.
    Tip: To make ahead, layer salad in bowl, cover and store in refrigerator. Top with dressing when ready to serve.

Nutrition facts: Serving: 1 cup
(121 calories, 7g fat (2g sat fat), 2g fiber, 11g carb, 5g protein, 77mcg folate, 13mg cholesterol, 5g sugar, 2g added sugar, 324mg sodium, 289mg potassium)

About Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan, Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg and Wamego Health Center. She is a proud wife and mom and loves cooking, camping and spending time outdoors, her dogs and reading.