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Layered Basil Salad Recipe
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Layered Basil Salad Recipe

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The basil in the dressing makes this salad stand out from the usual layered ones. The colorful ingredients look beautiful and taste wonderful together. It's especially impressive on a potluck buffet. -Marcy Cella, L'Anse, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:12-14 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 12-14 servings


  • 4 cups torn assorted salad greens
  • 4 medium carrots, julienned
  • 1-1/2 cups cooked macaroni shells
  • 2 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 3/4 pound fully cooked ham, cubed
  • 1/3 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 hard-cooked eggs, cut into wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 224 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 501 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.


  1. In a 3-1/2-qt. glass bowl, layer greens, carrots, macaroni, peas, onion, ham and cheeses. In a small bowl, combine the first six dressing ingredients; spread over salad. Garnish with eggs if desired. Cover and chill for several hours. Yield: 12-14 servings.
Originally published as Layered Basil Salad in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p37

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 224 calories, 17 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 501 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"I have been making this since I saw it in the magazine many years ago. Like another reviewer, I also use bacon instead of ham. It's beautiful as well as delicious."

Reviewed May. 31, 2012

"I found the dressing to be way to mayonnaisey. Also, the thing about layered salads is how to get some of the bottom veggies when you are the first person to scoop from the bowl. That person gets all the dressing."

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I have made this salad many times and everyone has loved it!"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2009

"I also have been making this salad for years. I use cooked bacon instead of ham and it's great."

Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"This is one of the best ways to use leftover ham I have found. Layered salads are great as they are made ahead and save you so much time the next day. Also, they look spectacular. Whenever you have leftover ham and pasta, make this. I used sweet onion instead of red, and I cut the mustard in half since I like just a hint of it. Using fresh basil really makes this recipe. Terrific for a summertime main dish."

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