Ranch 7 Layer Salad

7 Layer Salad is delicious easy salad recipe loaded up with fresh veggies and lettuce topped with an delicious creamy dressing. 

In this easy seven layer salad, we often add in leftover chicken or turkey to make it a complete meal and use a flavorful ranch style dressing!

 7 Layer Salad with fresh veggies and a homemade ranch dressing

The Perfect ‘Make-Ahead’ Salad

It’s a definite crowd pleaser, everyone seems to love a good seven layered salad which is the perfect dish for every potluck!  They’re easy and taste great, everyone seems to love them.  The best part is that you can make them way ahead of time (overnight is best)!

I’ve made a traditional salad in a trifle dish but learned it was so much easier to serve when placed in a 9×13 pan!  You get bits and bites of every little ingredient with less digging and more digging in every bite!  

Single Serving of Seven Layer Salad on Red Plate

7 Layer Salad Made With Buttermilk Ranch

A lot of layered salads call for a simple dressing made of mayonnaise and sugar but I prefer to add in fresh herbs to give it more flavor.  My favorite dressing is this homemade Buttermilk Ranch (I could actually drink it, it’s that good) so I created a version of the ranch dressing to add to this salad. You can make this with any kind of creamy dressing like Blue Cheese Dressing.

If you’d prefer, you can substitute a traditional layered salad dressing as well!

Traditional 7 Layer Salad Dressing

A traditional 7 layer salad dressing isn’t much more than mayonnaise and sugar. We add a little bit of sour cream for some tang and salt but both of those are optional.

If you’d like, add in fresh herbs (dill, parsley or basil are all great choices).

  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt (or to taste)

Serving 7 Layer Salad out of a 9x13 pan - a simple and quick potluck dish!

Let’s Use Those Leftovers!

This recipe is great with leftover proteins added to it, anything from turkey to leftover Roast Chicken or even ham are delicious in this recipe!

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Ranch 7 Layer Salad

This Ranch 7 Layer Salad is loaded up with fresh veggies and a creamy ranch style dressing! It’s a definite crowd pleaser!

  • 8 cups iceberg lettuce (or romaine)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas (defrosted)
  • 1 bell pepper (red or yellow diced)
  • 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 3 green onions (sliced)

Dressing

  • 1 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • salt & pepper to taste

Toppings

  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  1. Place the lettuce in 9×13 dish. Layer remaining vegetables.
  2. Combine dressing ingredients and spread over lettuce. Top with cheese and bacon.
  3. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or at least 4 hours) before serving.

To make this a meal, add in 2 cups of leftover ham, turkey or chicken.

Ranch 7 Layer Salad is loaded up with fresh veggies, leftover turkey and a homemade ranch style dressing! It's a definite crowd pleaser!