Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad Recipe
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Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad Recipe

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This layered salad is a family favorite from a church cookbook I've had for 40 years. The bacon adds a fabulous crunch. —Mary Brehm, Cape Coral, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 medium head iceberg lettuce, torn
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 12 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 206 calories, 16g fat (4g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. In a 4-qt. or 13x9-in. glass dish, layer the first five ingredients. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and sugar; spoon over salad, spreading to cover.
  2. Sprinkle top with cheese, bacon and cranberries. Refrigerate, covered, overnight. Yield: 16 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Overnight Layered Lettuce Salad in Taste of Home December 2014, p43

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ebohuch User ID: 8820941 255199
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2016

"You can't go wrong with bacon and cheese! I like to add a pressed clove of garlic, a tsp each of seasoned salt, ground black pepper and dried dill weed, and a dash of red wine vinegar to the dressing for some zip. Great recipe."

ms11145 User ID: 1604521 254634
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2016

"I subbed romaine for the iceberg lettuce. Family likes it better. I've been making this salad for years. I usually put broccoli or cauliflower in it, but I didn't this time. I thought the cranberries was a nice touch."

usazrvenki User ID: 8897026 250684
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"Good one"

WonkyGirl User ID: 8252934 249695
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2016

"This is the best layered salad (IMHO). Do add the cranberries, they make it special. This is good as a family supper, just add some cooked diced chicken and crusty bread on the side."

murrworm88 User ID: 1697209 249323
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2016

"Oh yum! This was awesome. Thanks for hard-boiled egg suggestion. This will definitely be a summer staple!"

TastesLikeMawMaws User ID: 8865753 248817
Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"I first tasted this at a community potluck, it is delicious, and simple.......5 Stars!"

FollyDolly User ID: 8807576 248484
Reviewed May. 22, 2016

"I've been making this salad for years, it's great when you are feeding a crowd since you can make it the day before. I've stopped using iceberg lettuce and use romaine and sometimes even a bit of spinach; the darker lettuce seems to have a bit more flavour. You can definitely play around with the veggies you use except of course for the frozen peas. I also use three hard boiled eggs, grated just before serving for a bit of additional garnish. I put in a tin of sliced water chestnuts because I like the crunch but if you are not a water chestnut fan, leave them out,"

RLearn User ID: 8724149 247976
Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"Was a huge success..the bacon mixed with the dried cranberries gave it a very good taste"

darima User ID: 1662234 247975
Reviewed May. 8, 2016

"Love this! was a big hit at work, I made it with half mayo and half greek yogurt"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 247237
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2016 Edited Apr. 20, 2016

"My Aunt gave me this recipe 30 years ago. I like that it's an "overnighter" easy to grab & go to a picnic. I don't add the cranberries, still delicious."

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