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12-Hour Salad Recipe

12-Hour Salad Recipe

This recipe was Mom's scrumptious scheme to get her kids to eat vegetables. She never had any trouble when she served this colorful crunchy salad. Mom thought this salad was a real bonus for the cook since it must be made the night before. —Dorothy Bowen, Thomasville, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 8 cups torn mixed salad greens
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped celery
  • 2 medium green peppers, chopped
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2-1/2 cups frozen peas (about 10 ounces), thawed
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 pound bacon strips, cooked and crumbled


  • 1. Place greens in a 3-qt. bowl or 13x9-in. dish. Layer with celery, peppers, onion and peas.
  • 2. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream and sugar; spread over top. Sprinkle with cheese and bacon. Refrigerate, covered, 12 hours or overnight. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 280 calories, 23g fat (7g saturated fat), 22mg cholesterol, 347mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.

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susaneagan User ID: 7752294 244590
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2016

"My Mom made this for years. Her recipe is almost identical, except hers has a layer of 5 chopped up hard boiled eggs. I think the eggs really add to it. Love this recipe!"

SwtTooth16 User ID: 7182649 216591
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"I wasn't sure how I would feel about this recipe because I'm not crazy about mayonnaise or sour cream but boy was I surprised! This salad was a huge hit at Christmas dinner and I really enjoyed it myself. I couldn't believe that the veggies stayed crunchy despite sitting in the fridge overnight. I did use more bacon and cheese than what the recipe called for but thats just because it was a holiday and who doesn't like that stuff?! This will be a staple in our house from now on!"

mazzyjen User ID: 7206947 41787
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2013

"Amazing flavours, everyone loved this salad, it was the 1st to get eaten at our barbeque/party! It doesn't go soggy, stays fresh, and the flavour of the bacon goes right through overnight. I will make this again for sure."

mazzyjen User ID: 7206947 17311
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

"Deliscious! Made this for a barbeque and it went even before the potato salad, everyone loved it! Thelettuce keptfresh andthebaconflavourwentrightthrough. I couldeat this often!"

421serenity User ID: 3793371 40611
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2012

"My family just loved this salad. I will be making this again, I will make it one day,then stir everything and keep in refrig for more taste. I can hardly wait to hear the reviews."

Summy User ID: 1386846 18279
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2011

"This recipe is so delicious. And, the funny thing is, even the wilted leftovers taste delicious. I also use a chopped hard boiled egg. Very yummy."

justsimp User ID: 1977770 12631
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2011

"The key is letting it sit overnight. I love the way the flavors meld together. The mayo - sour cream seals it off in the fridge. I got this recipe from a friend over 20 years ago. I still love it!"

KathyH360 User ID: 5629025 37912
Reviewed Jun. 16, 2011

"I don't use green peppers or sugar or sour cream. I use Best Foods mayo only and I use sweet onions. I put shredded cheddar cheese on the top. This dish travels well if you use frozen peas and make it right before you leave. Also, it's great for a BBQ as the peas keep it cold for a while.

It would be great if all of the recipes would show the calories, carbs, etc. WITHOUT the mayo, etc. in case you were on a diet and wanted to use a diet dressing of your own choice."

sweetpea1958 User ID: 4869495 17901
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2011

"It's been awhile since I've had this salad, but it's just as good as I remember it!"

jlove55806 User ID: 4927151 17310
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2010

"Great salad. I took it to a party and the whole thing was eaten up very quickly. I have made it several times since."

cwbuff User ID: 441425 40608
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2009

"I love layered salads because you can make them ahead, and this is a good one. My husband and 2 sons gave it thumbs up, too. The bacon is a nice contrast in taste. Cut the ingredients in half for a family dinner. If you make sure to spread the dressing to the edge of the bowl and don't leave any holes for the air to get in, it seals the freshness of the veggies in. Since the lettuce is on the bottom, it doesn't get soggy."

coppertop97 User ID: 312232 72194
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2009

"The lettuce does not get all soggy?"

LKAM User ID: 1308936 17896
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2008

"I've made this salad for many ladies luncheons. I added drained pineapple tidbits.


lisadeanna User ID: 1051944 14281
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2008

"I made this wonderful salad for a Progressive dinner and received wonderful reviews so I am making it again for a Baby Shower Brunch.

Thanks Again!"

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