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Bacon-Swiss Tossed Salad

THIS RECIPE came from a cookbook compiled by the women of our church in my hometown of Chico, California. It's pretty and tasty. Best of all, it can be put together a couple of hours before serving. When it's time, a simple toss and it's ready. -Cathee Bethel, Philomath, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
  • 8 ounces sliced Swiss cheese, julienned
  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled


  • In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, sugar, salt and pepper. In a large salad bowl, layer a third of the greens and a third of the mayonnaise mixture, onion, peas and cheese. Repeat the layers twice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Just before serving, add the bacon and toss.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 364 calories, 29g fat (11g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 16g protein.

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  • tawny77
    Jan 9, 2014

    I have been searching for this recipe for the last few years. Originally it was made here by a recipe from a Church cookbook from Illinois back in the 1970's. It is fantastic! It should be made the night before so all the flavors can marinate together. I used thinly sliced red onion in limited amounts, the poster was right, cut the bacon by 1/2. However, I also toss petite frozen peas into a bit of water and cook for a short time to give them the fresh taste rather than a raw taste. I do drain and dry them before adding. To the 1/2 cup of mayo mentioned, PLEASE use Miracle Whip & add 3 Tablespoons whole milk to it, stir, & drizzle over the recipe. When covered and refrigerated overnight all the veggies give off enough liquid. I add the final layer of chopped, cooked bacon just before serving. Using iceberg lettuce is a must as other greens will collapse overnight. This is our favorite "go to anytime" salad...only the recipe was misplaced. Yes, as mentioned Swiss cheese is the right one for this salad. Please try it, you'll love it.

  • cwbuff
    Feb 26, 2011

    Very tasty layered salad. However, to get the amount of dressing shown in the picture, you would have to double or triple the amount given in the recipe, whereas I think it is just right. Also the Swiss cheese, a variety I don't usually like, makes a good balance of flavor with the other ingredients and isn't too "cheesy". The peas don't really need to be thawed, as the chilling time will allow them to thaw before serving. Or you could use petite peas to ensure they defrost in time. Also, I used only 1/2 lb of bacon - you would have to be a bacon-a-holic to want a whole pound!