Simple Summer Salad Recipe

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Although my family is not big on salads, they love this version resembling seven-layer salad. We especially enjoy it on summer days when it's too hot to eat a really big meal. - Carol Stone, Rankin, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:12 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups torn lettuce
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 225 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 113 mg cholesterol, 211 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. In a skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Cool for 5 minutes. In a large bowl, toss the lettuce, cheese, tomato, onion, eggs and beef. Add mayonnaise, salt and pepper; toss to coat. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.
It will be easier to chop the hard-cooked eggs for Simple Summer Salad if their cold.
Originally published as Simple Summer Salad in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p83

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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