Whether you are looking for a salad to take along to the carry in dinner at church, or the potluck next door, or you are just wanting to make a healthy treat for your family, this is a delicious recipe to try. It is simple to make and is sure to be a hit no matter who you serve it to. It is nice to be able to make a lettuce salad the night before and not have it be all wilted by morning. This recipe has been a family favorite for years.
First off, here is a list of the ingredients you will need for your overnight salad.
1 head of crisp lettuce
½ cup of finely chopped celery
½ cup of chopped, sweet, green or red bell peppers
1 small package of frozen peas ( you can also use fresh if you have them available)
¼ cup of finely chopped, sweet onion
1 pint of real mayonnaise
¼ cup of white sugar
8 ounces of grated cheddar cheese
8 strips of bacon ( you can substitute ham for a healthier version of this salad)
You should begin by chopping and measuring out your onion, celery, and bell peppers. Set them aside with the rest of your ingredients. Now fry your bacon over high heat. You will want to get it nice and crispy.
Next, shred your lettuce by hand and layer it on the bottom of a nine by thirteen inch cake pan. Follow this with a layer of each of the celery, bell peppers, peas, onions, mayonnaise. Use all of your ingredients, do not set any aside.
Then sprinkle your cheese over the top of the salad, followed by your sugar and then finally crumble your bacon strips over the very top. Cover, your salad and refrigerate overnight Serve it chilled.
You can customize this salad to your taste. You can add any vegetables you like, such as carrots or tomatoes. You can also make it healthier by using ham instead of the fried bacon and by using light or fat free salad dressing instead of the real mayonnaise. If you are making it just for yourself you should cut the recipe at least in half because this is enough for quite a few people.
Enjoy your healthy salad and also all the compliments you are sure to receive when taking it anywhere or serving it to your guests!!
Sammi makes her salads even healthier by growing most of her own vegetables. She gets most of her plants and supplies online from Garden Harvest Supply. They have everything from celery plantto all natural diatomaceous earthavailable for sale.