Layered Summertime Salad Recipe
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Layered Summertime Salad Recipe

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Luscious layers of pasta and veggies make up this super summer salad that can be made ahead for warm-weather picnics and deck parties. It makes enough to feed a crowd.—Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 Jones Dairy Farm Dry-Aged Bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese

Nutritional Facts

3/4 cup: 186 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder; set aside. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; toss with onions and half of the bacon.
  2. In a large salad bowl, layer half of the romaine, pasta mixture, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, mayonnaise mixture and cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as Layered Summertime Salad in Taste of Home June/July 2007, p31

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katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 166616
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2014

"I made this for a family dinner and everyone liked it. Also, as someone else commented it holds up well and does not get soggy."

deannms User ID: 1070250 96407
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2010

"Have made this several times in just the past few weeks. Rave reviews by everyone - even in-laws! =) quick to make, simple steps (I don't layer it, I just toss it all), perfect blend of mild flavors. And the best part - this salad keeps! It stays nice for several days with no soggy lettuce! Wow - what a salad! =)"

chefchristabug User ID: 3171130 106064
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2008

"By the way, I used mini bow tie pasta and it was very good. It layered nicely!"

chefchristabug User ID: 3171130 168316
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2008

"I just made this and yes I did use regular frozen peas (thawed of course) Very yummy and delicious and I will be making it again tomorrow for a family reunion."

whateverfood User ID: 1336157 166614
Reviewed May. 22, 2008

"OMG! Looks yummy! I have a ? tho; I can't afford snow peas- would regular peas (never canned) work?"

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