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Layered Summertime Salad

Luscious layers of pasta and veggies make up this super summer salad that can be prepared ahead of time for warm-weather picnics and deck parties. It easily feeds a crowd. —Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    16 servings


  • 2 cups uncooked gemelli or spiral pasta
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions
  • 4 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled, divided
  • 4 cups torn romaine
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas, trimmed and halved
  • 1 cup fresh cauliflowerets
  • 1 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese


  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder; set aside. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water; toss with onions and half of the bacon.
  • In a large salad bowl, layer half the romaine, pasta mixture, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, red pepper, mayonnaise mixture and cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with remaining bacon. Cover and refrigerate until serving.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 186 calories, 13g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 115mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • katlaydee3
    Aug 31, 2014

    I made this for a family dinner and everyone liked it. Also, as someone else commented it holds up well and does not get soggy.

  • deannms
    Jul 8, 2010

    Have made this several times in just the past few weeks. Rave reviews by everyone - even in-laws! =) Quick to make, simple steps (I don't layer it, I just toss it all), perfect blend of mild flavors. And the best part - this salad keeps! It stays nice for several days with no soggy lettuce! Wow - what a salad! =)

  • chefchristabug
    Jun 14, 2008

    By the way, I used mini bow tie pasta and it was very good. It layered nicely!

  • chefchristabug
    Jun 14, 2008

    I just made this and yes I did use regular frozen peas (thawed of course) Very yummy and delicious and I will be making it again tomorrow for a family reunion.

  • whateverfood
    May 22, 2008

    OMG! Looks yummy! I have a ? tho; I can't afford snow peas- would regular peas (never canned) work?