Recipe: 12 hour Salad

05/12/2010 2:50 pm · 7 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

IMG_2068I had a big family BBQ to celebrate the birth of our son Maveric.  I had lots of food to make. I try to plan ahead so the food is ready before the guest arrive so I can visit and not stress out.  This salad is one of my favorites (Matt’s Mom makes it often) but here is the best part, you  make it ahead of time and it stays nice and crisp.

You are suppose to make this in a 9×13 glass pan, but we have always made it in a trifle  bowl.

12 hour salad

  • 8 cups torn Salad greens
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion chopped
  • 1 package(10oz) frozen peas

Layer the first 5 ingredient in bowl

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 TBS sugar

In bowl mix Mayo, Sour cream and sugar and spread over vegetables, top with cheese and bacon

  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked and crumbled

Cover and refrigerate overnight.  But I like it best about 3 hours after I make it…..Either way works!

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My mother-in-law makes something similar, but calls it a 7-layer salad. She tops it with tomatoes, which look nice and taste very yummy! :) I like it in the trifle bowl- it looks very pretty!


thanks for your help. I will try this recipe. Your salad bowl looks very yummy. One more question, do I have to cook the frozen peas? Will I have to let the peas thaw before I mix with other stuff?


sorry for my questions. I am not American so there are a lot of American food that I don't know. What is torn Salad greens ? Do you have to cook the frozen peas? Where do I find the sour cream?

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A Thrifty Mom

Salad greens are any type of lettuce that you like. We like Iceburg Lettuce And the Frozen peas are put in frozen. They will thaw. The sour cream is in the dairy section of your grocery store, near the cheese and milk. Hope that helps


My mom used to make this when I was younger and I love it. I forgot about it until I saw this post. Can't wait to make some now :)


How funny! My hubby and I were just talking about this kind of salad last night. He said, "You know what I have not had in a long time..." Too funny to see it on your post today.

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