12-Hour Salad Recipe
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12-Hour Salad Recipe

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"THIS RECIPE was Mom's scrumptious scheme to get her kids to eat vegetables. She never had any trouble when she served this colorful crunchy salad. Mom thought this salad was a real bonus for the cook since it must be made the night before."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 8 cups torn salad greens
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 320 calories, 24g fat (8g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 826mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 12g protein


  1. Place salad greens in a 3-qt. bowl or 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Top with layers of celery, green peppers, onion and peas; do not toss.
  2. In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream and sugar; spread over vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as 12-Hour Salad in Reminisce Extra June 1994, p47

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Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"My Mom made this for years. Her recipe is almost identical, except hers has a layer of 5 chopped up hard boiled eggs. I think the eggs really add to it. Love this recipe!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"I wasn't sure how I would feel about this recipe because I'm not crazy about mayonnaise or sour cream but boy was I surprised! This salad was a huge hit at Christmas dinner and I really enjoyed it myself. I couldn't believe that the veggies stayed crunchy despite sitting in the fridge overnight. I did use more bacon and cheese than what the recipe called for but thats just because it was a holiday and who doesn't like that stuff?! This will be a staple in our house from now on!"

Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Amazing flavours, everyone loved this salad, it was the 1st to get eaten at our barbeque/party! It doesn't go soggy, stays fresh, and the flavour of the bacon goes right through overnight. I will make this again for sure."

Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Deliscious! Made this for a barbeque and it went even before the potato salad, everyone loved it! Thelettuce keptfresh andthebaconflavourwentrightthrough. I couldeat this often!"

Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"My family just loved this salad. I will be making this again, I will make it one day,then stir everything and keep in refrig for more taste. I can hardly wait to hear the reviews."

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