Hearty Eight-Layer Salad Recipe
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Hearty Eight-Layer Salad Recipe

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I'm a 77-year-old great-grandmother and have been making this satisfying salad for years. It's my most requested recipe for family gatherings. It's simple to make ahead of time and looks lovely with all of its tasty layers. Dijon mustard gives a nice kick to the dressing. -Noreen Meyer, Madison, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked small pasta shells
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 cups shredded lettuce
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup julienned fully cooked ham
  • 1 cup julienned hard salami
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Colby or Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 417 calories, 32g fat (8g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 791mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 14g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Drizzle with oil; toss to coat.
  2. Place the lettuce in a 2-1/2-qt. glass serving bowl; top with pasta and eggs. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer with ham, salami and peas. Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, green onions and mustard. Spread over the top. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  3. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese and parsley. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Hearty Eight-Layer Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2000, p31

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Janadele User ID: 7087902 254535
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2016

"Great presentation."

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Danielleklatt User ID: 5636624 30908
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2012

"ive made this recipe several times, its always a big hit!!! Even my picky eaters not only love it but also request it!!!"

tfahey User ID: 3769848 30907
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"This salad always gets compliments from the many people I have made it for... Many are surprised how well the pasta and lettuce go together. I make it in a 9 x 13 glass pan -- it's easier to dish out and your sure to get a taste of all ingredients. This is a favorite for sure!"

trexy User ID: 3720648 80092
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2012

"This is a big hit whenever I make it. I usually omit the peas and it's still delicious"

MAZZI1989 User ID: 2889583 39985
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"I love making layered salads. I liked the added ingredient of pasta. I made this for a brunch and my girlfriends loved it and all asked for the recipe."

zdb2010* User ID: 5656030 70436
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2011

"Just found a new fave salad!! This is sooo good - did exactly as the recipe said except I omitted the eggs because my Hubby can't stand them! Went down really well and the leftovers are great the next day too."

swtlissdrmwvr User ID: 4026485 86367
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2010

"I get compliments on this every time i bring it to a family gathering. It is good!"

DRUST User ID: 1546420 70429
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"Looks very pretty on a buffet, and is delicious! Have made it several times and have had requests for this recipe."

missi.nelson User ID: 1480791 42375
Reviewed Aug. 6, 2009

"This is AMAZING! I substituted red onion for the green onions, and turkey for the salami - fabulous!"

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