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Watch Us Make: Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad

Our quick video shows you how to layer up this potluck-perfect salad.

By Rachel Seis, Associate Editor

Watch Us Make: Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer SaladHeaded to a get-together? We've got a creamy, hearty dish to pass that's destined to become a new crowd favorite.


Asking yourself what to bring to a potluck? This Make-Ahead Hearty Six-Layer Salad is the answer. It's the essential sharing dish for 3 reasons:

  1. It's super easy to put together
  2. It's chock-full of ingredients that everyone loves
  3. It actually tastes best when you let it chill in the fridge the night before the party

Just ask Noreen Meyer of Madison, Wisconsin. She created the recipe and it's now an all-time favorite. "I reach for the recipe whenever I need a dish to pass," she says. We love it as a side with something sizzling from the grill, but it's so hearty—hello, it's right in the name!—it makes a great summertime dinner, too! Loaded up with chicken, pasta, hard-cooked eggs, peas, cheese and a creamy Dijon dressing, this salad more than passes for a meal. But beware: if you're planning on bringing back the rest after the party's over, you may want to make extra. When it comes to this irresistible salad, there's practically no such thing as leftovers.

For more potluck-perfect sides, check out our favorite make-ahead salads.