Last month I attended BYBC here in salt lake and one of the nights, we had a food blogger dinner at The Lion House in downtown. Built in 1856, it sits right on the edge of Temple Square and it was once Brigham Young’s personal residence, so this place is steeped in history. Their claim to fame is their food is good old style home cooking from recipes passed down from generation to generation. They are known for their delicious Lion House Rolls which are heavenly! I could just eat a whole basket of those. The dinner we had was salad, chicken with veggies and a blueberry dessert. But I was crushing on that salad. It had lettuce, peas, Swiss cheese and a yummy dressing. I had to replicate it. On the walk back to the hotel, one of the ladies said it was called Seven Layer Salad and it was a traditional Utah/Mormon salad. When I got home, I googled it and found the recipe online. Yay! I did make a change to it, but it certainly was spot on.
The whole meal at the Lion House was delicious but that salad really stood out and I have made this twice since the conference. The first time, I used cheddar cheese since I didn’t have Swiss. I also added hard boiled eggs. When I first told hubby, he was not as excited as I was. You see, he hates peas. Hates them!! Said he hated hem since he was a kid. I told him I’d make his without but he said he could pick them out. Ok, his loss. But surprise surprise…. He ate them. And has asked me to make this again. The second time, I used the traditional Swiss and it’s so much better then cheddar.
Seven Layer Salad
- 4 cups fresh spring mix salad greens
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 1/2 cup frozen peas (thawed)
- 2 Large hard boiled eggs
- 1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar or swiss cheese
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup Miracle Whip (or other similar dressing)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup chopped red or green onion
- 2-3 Strips bacon (cooked and chopped)
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This is an amazing Seven Layer Salad. My addition was using spring mix instead of iceberg lettuce, adding the eggs and adding a teaspoon of sugar to the dressing mix. If you counted while reading the recipe, it really is eight layers since I added eggs, but I don’t want to rename it. The presentation is pretty and it’s down right tasty! If you are making it for a larger crowd then just you and another, double the recipe and use a trifle dish. It’s just perfect for seeing all the layers. I might just call it a miracle salad since Hubby is now on board with peas.
For more recipes like a Seven Layer Salad, follow my Pinterest salad board.