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These Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar are an updated Meal Prep version of a popular retro salad. The classic 7-layer salad is made in a large glass bowl to showcase each and every layer, but these mini versions are perfectly proportioned for one serving!

Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar - Meal Prep salad for lunch or dinner!

Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar

I loved original version of the 7-layer salad that debuted sometime in the 1950’s if I were to hazard a guess. The salad’s history has been traced back to the south where it was referred to as a 7-layer pea salad because of the requisite layer of vibrant green peas.

The hubby is always excited when this delicious combination is on the menu; I’m pretty sure the bacon seals the deal. This “salad” is nowhere near health food, but worth a splurge every now and then.

Preferably served in a glass bowl to showcase each separate layer, this salad was de rigeur in the 1970’s when I was growing up. I’ve brought a modern, meal prep version to the table today by making a couple  individual servings in mason jars to have ready for lunches or a dinner side.

Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar

Adapt Your Layers

I started with lettuce, then salad dressing, tomatoes, peas, red onion, cheese and finally bacon. Optional ingredients include hard boiled eggs, cucumbers, mushrooms and I’ve even added diced artichoke hearts. Whatever your heart desires.

I add the lettuce before the dressing, so you don’t lose one drop of the creamy topping. To serve, just flip out the contents of the jar onto your plate and dig in!

Meal Prep Dinners

The Sunday Supper crew is sharing their Meal Prep ideas to help you streamline your menu planning. My salad along with easy entrees and even a dessert will help lighten the load at the end of a busy day!

For another fun, mini salad, check out these Mediterranean Endive Boats!

 

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Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar - Meal Prep salad for lunch or dinner!

7-Layer Salads in a Jar

The retro 7-layer salad made in single serving mason jars!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2
  • Cuisine: Salad

Ingredients

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt (I used Morton’s Nature’s Seasoning)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

Salad:

  • 1-2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in half
  • 3/4 cup frozen green peas, defrosted
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion (I soak in ice water while prepping ingredients to remove some of the bite)
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2-3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions

Whisk together dressing ingredients. Taste and add more sugar or [easyazon_link identifier="B00EGEYJ0S" locale="US" tag="thskchcaba-20"]seasoning salt[/easyazon_link] if needed.

Divide ingredients between 2 [easyazon_link identifier="B01MEEOY67" locale="US" tag="thskchcaba-20"]mason jars[/easyazon_link] (about 2 cup capacity), starting with lettuce, then 2-3 tablespoons salad dressing, tomatoes, peas, onion, cheese and finally the bacon.

Feel free to add other favorite ingredients or add more or less of each to your tastes.

Notes

Save leftover dressing for a wedge salad or a simple green salad.

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12 comments on “Make Ahead 7-Layer Salads in a Jar #SundaySupper”

  1. Delicious and good for you! I am drooling over those crispy bacon bites 🙂

  2. Your salad dressing sounds like a winner Liz! The jars look pretty too:@)

  3. What a great idea! I just made a big 7 layer like salad and had to eat the whole thing for a few days because my husband and son do not like salads like I do. Anyway, next time I’m doing this. I have thing about eating out of cups and jars. I just love to do it so this is perfect!

  4. Salad season is just around the corner. I love that you made the dressing too for these lovely layers!

  5. That does it! I will have to try jar salads now. These look fabulous!

  6. Somehow I’ve never heard of a 7-layer salad! And I think I’ve been completely deprived because it sounds delicious–and I love the idea of prepping it in jars! Food in jars tastes better than food in a bowl 🙂

  7. Mason jar salads are the best! I need to try your combination of flavors!

  8. I love salads in a jar, but this one, with bacon…so yummy!

  9. Sounds like a great way to take salad for lunch!

  10. Such a smart lunch idea, love the layers!

  11. Love the dressing recipe and I can see these jars lined up on a buffet.

  12. Pingback: Ham and Broccoli Meal Prep Bowls #SundaySupper

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