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Seven Layer Salad for One 
We have been really blessed with the weather this June and it looks as if June is going to be slipping off the calendar with quite the heat wave!  No surprise there.  I can remember all of my children’s graduations being sweltering!
There is nothing like being stuck in a really hot school gymnasium with a couple hundred other people on a hot and humid June evening to whet your appetite for hot weather food!
Seven Layered Salad has been a part  of my summers for as long as I can remember.  Its filled with plenty of color, crunch and flavor!
Seven Layer Salad for One 
It is a beautiful salad composed of seven different layers of tasty salad ingredients, topped with a creamy sour cream and mayonnaise dressing.  Kind of like the icing on the cake, and on top of that cheese and bacon.
BACON!  Yep, bacon does make everything taste infinitely better! I’m a bacon lover!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
You may think that because you are only one person the idea of an overnight layered salad is off your menu unless you are having company.  It does make rather a lot for one person to handle.
For that reason today I decided to downsize, small batch, my regular recipe which feeds about 10 people  to serve only one.  You can find that tasty recipe here if you are looking to feed more than one person.

Seven Layer Salad for One 
The full-sized recipe is a very popular salad to take to pot-lucks and family get-togethers.  God willing we are able to start having some of those soon!!  I have been back in Canada for seven months now and am quite eager to see the rest of my family.  Its been over 8 years since! 
In the meantime, I don’t like to deprive me of my favorite summer flavors and so I created a single sized serving of this salad just for me.  It really wasn’t hard to do and you probably don’t even need a recipe to do it, but I thought I would write it up for you just in case. 
Seven Layer Salad for One 
Make sure you use the freshest, tastiest ingredients that you can!  Also now is when you will be really happy that you took my advice and froze some of your cooked bacon ahead.  (A tutorial on how to cook bacon in the oven.)
A quick refresh in the microwave for 30 seconds or so and you will have plenty to top your salad with! Yum yum!!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
I always, always use frozen peas for this. They taste fabulous thawed out.  There is no need to cook them whatsoever! 
I like to use red onion, both for the contrast of color and for the flavor. You can use spring onion if you would rather, or a combination of both.

Seven Layer Salad for One 
In the summer months I will boil myself several eggs ahead of time. They come in so handy for salads such as there, for egg salad, for sandwiches, etc.  I usually do about 4 at a time and they always get used.
They are also great for Deviled Eggs. Just use 1 tsp of grainy mustard and 1 tsp of mayonnaise per egg yolk and you will have beautifully flavored Deviled Eggs. Another yum! And so easy to do!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
The dressing for this salad is such an easy make. I used only one tablespoon each of sour cream and mayonnaise, plus a tiny pinch of sugar.
It was just enough to coat the top of my salad. This seals the salad in, keeps it fresh in the refrigerator overnight and serves as a beautiful dressing. No need for anything else.

Seven Layer Salad for One 
A final topping of grated cheddar and crisp bacon completes the picture for the win! Today I indulged myself and add some alfalfa sprouts for extra color and as a garnish.
I had them in the refrigerator and thought to myself why not!  You eat with your eyes just as much as you eat with your stomach!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
I just thought it looked really, really pretty. You could also use mustard cress if you had it, or micro salad greens.  All would be very pretty. 
I think the food we eat should be really pretty. Even if we are only cooking for one or two. It doesn’t take a lot of effort just to dress things up a tiny bit.

Seven Layer Salad for One 
You don’t have to serve this in a mason jar if you don’t want to. A bowl serves perfectly well, but again  . . .  why bother with layers if you aren’t going to see them? 
Plus if you use a mason jar it serves a dual purpose as you can close the lid when you put it in the refrigerator to chill.  Easy peasy!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
This looks so pretty and really whets the appetite. It would make a great starter for a larger meal, or a light lunch, served with some crisp bread sticks or a crisp roll. 
You can make it for one, or two, or three or four!  What a fun starter this would be for a ladies luncheon served out on the patio! 

Seven Layer Salad for One 
Its also easily adaptable to whatever flavors and tastes you enjoy.  So long as they are colourful, I say go for it.
A layer of chopped peppers would be lovely.  Crisp salad onions (French’s Crispy Fried Onions) adds a lovely touch to the topping as well and a bit of additional crunch!  As would some chopped and toasted nuts!

Seven Layer Salad for One 
Just make sure you choose a jar with a wide mouth to make and serve it in. That way you can dig down to the bottom of the jar easily to haul up more fillings.
Setting it on a plate to serve also helps to minimize any mess that might be created.  My ex boss at the manor would never serve a salad or a soup without a plate underneath the cup/bowl/jar. It just wasn’t done!

Seven Layer Salad for One

She would have considered that pretty crass and common.  I suppose she had a point.  
In any case, I hope you will be inspired to make yourself your very own layered salad this summer and that you will enjoy every mouthful just as much as I have!  Bon Appetit and Happy Summer!

Seven Layer Salad for One

Seven Layer Salad for One

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Author: Marie Rayner
Why miss out on one of summer’s best flavors because you are a singleton. My favorite salad, downsized for just one. Such an easy make and so delicious!
  • 1/2 cup chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 TBS chopped red onion
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 TBS frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small hardboiled egg, chopped
  • 2 TBS thinly sliced celery
  • 1 TBS sour cream
  • 1 TBS good mayonnaise
  • pinch sugar
  • 2 TBS grated cheddar
  • 1 TBS crisp bacon bits
  1. You will need a wide mouth jar, about large enough to hold about 1 cup of salad altogether.
  2. Layer in the jar as follows, lettuce, onion, tomatoes, peas, egg, and finally celery.
  3. Whisk together the mayonnaise and sour cream, adding a pinch of sugar.  Spread this over the top of the celery.  
  4. Sprinkle the top with the cheese and finally the bacon bits.  You can eat this right away, or you can cover it and leave it in the refrigerator overnight.
  5. This actually tastes even better if you leave it overnight before eating. Delicious!
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