Thursday, October 02, 2014

Eight Layer Salad Recipe with Artistry

Presenting for my readers enjoyment, it is my Eight Layer Salad : A Delicious Side Dish Recipe with Artistry! Over the years, this has been a much requested, hearty specialty salad of mine. Have you tried an Eight Layer Salad yet?

Eight Layer Salad by jaguarjulie
I've been refining my personal recipe for Eight Layer Salad for a few years and have finally hit on a winning recipe that I am now sharing. It is my best-ever recipe that is oh so delicious! My Eight Layer Salad recipe has an extra layer to the traditional seven layer salads that you can find on the internet.

I've got a couple of 'secret' ingredients that give my layered salad more zip and a zestier taste. Depending upon the occasion, I might increase one of two of the seasoning ingredients. In this lens, you'll learn how to make this salad that's bound to be a hit with your family and friends! I sure do love the artistic appearance and delicious taste of this side dish.

So, what are you waiting for? Why not create your own work of art and make a mark with a hearty and artistic layered salad? An Eight Layer Salad which proves that food can be art, ah salad art! Presentation is important too for showcasing the various artsy levels of your layered salad -- experiment with different "see-through" salad serving bowls.

I've presented several fabulous serving bowl suggestions from which to choose. To me, there is nothing prettier than a beautiful work of art of a layered salad. All those pretty colors and layers ... why, people will all be clammering to dig into your delicious and tasty dish! Ah, I'll have some of that artistic comfort food please.

Folks, this is the perfect salad recipe for holidays and get-togethers. I always make mine for Thanksgiving and Christmas and for football parties too like Super Bowl Sunday. It's a great artistic side dish to bring to a potluck dinner. Get my delicious recipe here!

Photo Credit: Delicious Eight Layer Salad Copyright by JaguarJulie. 

eight layer salad in acrylic bowl

The Layered Salad Poll
Please answer this poll. Don't you just love layered salads? Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven! Which of these fits your tastes?
  1. I love layered salads!
  2. I've never had such a dish.
  3. I'll be making this side dish after reading this page.
eight layer salad in acrylic bowl

My Confession : I Love Eight Layer Salad!

You probably guessed that by now.

jaguarjulie glamour shot in red dress
"OMG! My Hearty Eight Layer Salad Recipe has surely changed my creative and artsy life forever. I find having a normal salad, these days, that I feel I am seriously missing out on all the creative layers. How about you?"

What I find interesting, is the power of the internet. When I originally created this page in September 2008, you just couldn't find another recipe or picture for any kind of eight layer salad. Today I am seeing more experimenting chefs celebrating their own hearty recipes for this artistic salad. It is amazing just how many others are now preparing eight layer salads of their own. The power of word of mouth ... great taste! Yumm!

What is particularly amazing, a lot of those other recipes are really more like dinner food than a side dish. I personally prefer a salad every once in a while.

I have found it quite amazing the power of the internet. Today, I can find quite a few other people writing about this type of artistic side dish. Just a few years ago, it seemed that it was only my recipe with those keywords. Today, a lot of people are celebrating this side dish in beautiful pictures.

Have some of this delicious comfort food for yourself. And? Make it pretty please. --The Brand Ambassador JaguarJulie! P.S. I was the Official Squidoo Comfort Foods Contributor! Did you know that? Well, you probably guessed it.

Beautiful Top View of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad
You can almost smell and taste this delicious side dish!

Top View of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad

The Layer Ingredients List for My Eight Layer Salad 

3 romaine hearts
16 oz. frozen baby green peas
2 bunches of green onions / scallions
12 oz. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
16 oz bacon
6 hard-boiled eggs
garlic salt
cayenne pepper

Eight Layer Salad Green Ingredients
Thinking Green and Healthy - Adding color and crispness to this side dish! 

Eight Layer Salad Green Ingredients

Eight Layer Salad Colorful Ingredients
Adding a Little Color With Ingredients - We have chopped bacon, chopped hard-boiled eggs and shredded cheddar cheese!

Eight Layer Salad Colorful Ingredients

The Magical Topping of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad
Once you mix it up, you will want to have a taste of this topping! Yumm, I say.

Magical Topping of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad

Topping Ingredients
Blend the following ingredients in a bowl and set aside.

1-1/4 cup Kraft Miracle Whip
1/4 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp. creamy horseradish sauce
3 sweetener packages
Dash of garlic salt
1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper

My Secret Ingredients
Cayenne Pepper -- Spice it up!
Creamy Horseradish Sauce -- Zest it up!
Sour Cream -- Add a little zing!

Preparation of the Ingredients

The bacon and eggs are 'cooking' with the frozen green peas in a dish to thaw while I am chopping the romaine hearts.

Bacon: My tip for preparing the bacon is to cut the slices into strips before frying slowly to be crispy and easy to crumble. Drain the bacon and when it has cooled, crumble into tiny pieces.

Eggs: Boil them to be hard-boiled - I probably over-boil, but I like really hard eggs. Chop into small pieces.

Romaine Hearts: Peel off the outer leaves, wash, and dry with paper towels. Chop into small pieces and set aside in a bowl.

Green Onions/Scallions: Wash, dry with paper towels, cut off roots and upper tips. Cut into tiny slices.

Beautiful Side View of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad
Look at the beautiful and colorful ingredients making up those layers!

Beautiful Side View of my Artistic Eight Layer Salad

Layering the Ingredients for Eight Layer Salad

The key part to your salad is the layering -- It's all in the layering! I like to use a large acrylic bowl to display the layers of the salad.
  1. Use about 1/2 of your chopped romaine spread evenly on the bottom of your bowl; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  2. Spread the chopped egg; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  3. Spread the green peas; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  4. Spread the remaining 1/2 of the chopped romaine; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  5. Spread the crumbled bacon - do not add salt and pepper as the bacon has enough salt.
  6. Spread 1/2 of the chopped green onions; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  7. Spread the shredded cheddar cheese; lightly season with salt and pepper.
  8. Add the topping and carefully spread evenly as though you are icing a cake! Add the remainder of the green onions. Sprinkle a dash of paprika.

Refrigerate, Toss, and Serve
Refrigerate your salad for 12-24 hours before serving.

This salad makes a pretty presentation on your table. When you are ready to serve, mix your salad so that the topping and layers are distributed evenly. It tastes even better the next day; if there are any leftovers.

Print Recipe for Eight Layer Salad

print edition of eight layer salad recipe by jaguarjulie ann brady

Eight Layer Salad is All Mixed Up
The Side Dish is Ready to Serve - Take a closer look at all those beautiful and tasty ingredients! Yumm.

Eight Layer Salad is All Mixed Up

Seven Layer Salads
Seven Layer Salads
Recipe for a Traditional Seven Layer Salad

Recipe for a Traditional Seven Layer Salad
Recipe for a Traditional Seven Layer Salad
P.S. I have presented this recipe in a pretty text jpg for you to download and print!

Cauliflower and Parmesan Cheese Seven Layer Salad Recipe
Cauliflower and Parmesan Cheese Seven Layer Salad Recipe
Cauliflower and Parmesan Cheese Seven Layer Salad Recipe
P.S. I have presented this recipe in a pretty text jpg for you to download and print!
Remember the bacon.

My friend Victoria's Personal Recipe
A hint of red color ... Victoria prepares her 7-layer salad a little differently. She uses iceberg lettuce which she tears by hand into mouth-size pieces. Two other ingredients that she uses are chopped celery and a hint of sliced red cabbage for color. She also sprinkled the bacon and cheese on top of the topping.

You will need a clear bowl!

Might I suggest the Prodyne PF-70 Large Salad Bowl for you. It is quite the affordable salad serving bowl!

You'll appreciate this stylish clear bowl which puts the spotlight on your artistic dish! I love clear bowls for presenting your artistic food creations!

These are also great for snacks. Use you creativity and imagination. There are no limits. 10 x 4.5 inch Salad Bowl. Made of durable, unbreakable polycarbonate. Dishwasher safe.

Thanks for visiting!
I love to hear from my readers. Please take a moment to leave a comment. Did you like my recipe? Or perhaps you have a personal recipe with a different ingredient that you'd like to tell me about?

History: Eight Layer Salad : A Delicious Side Dish Recipe was originally created on Squidoo by JaguarJulie on September 29, 2008. On August 25, 2009 this lens earned the Purple Star Award for quality content.


Cheryl said...

Julie this is great! Love your salad and post about it! Your pics are great. You'll have to give a few pointers on how you made them like that.

Julie Ann Brady said...

Cheryl, thanks for the visit and the compliments. I use Photoshop - I manually clicked around my image and reversed the area to identify the background, that I then deleted. With the isolated image on a layer with a transparent background, I added a layer behind it and then added my gradient or color on that layer; flattened layers/image and then saved as JPG.

Monica Mullholand said...

This looks so wonderful but I cannot figure out how to print it off for use in my kitchen. Have to have a piece of paper I can get messed up. What's the secret?

Julie Ann Brady said...

Monica, I've put together a printable JPG of my Eight Layer Salad recipe that you can print out. Thanks for your comment.

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