Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Day at the Beach with 7, make that 9, Layers

The kids and I met my Baby Brother and headed out to Lake Michigan for a picnic, some reading, and some fun in the sun. I brought ground meat patties (I could call them burgers but that would not be quite right) to grill once we got there, watermelon, homemade ciabatta (I will be posting this soon) and layered salad.

This salad is great because it is so pretty, tastes great, and I use frozen peas to keep the salad cold (Lake Michigan is a 2 1/2 hour drive from home after all). I did all the prep work the night before so all I had to do in the morning was layer up the salad.

1 cup Mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons sugar

Salad in order from button to top:

3 cups baby spinach
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 bag frozen peas (I think it was a 12 or 16 oz bag)
the dressing carefully spread over the peas
1/2 cup sliced radishes
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
6 or 7 strips turkey bacon fried crisp and "crumbled" cut with scissors

this was a large salad and I will make it again but I am sure that I will not use the same exact ingredients in the same order. As long as one is careful with the layering and has a nice color contrast...go for it.


Anonymous said...

Oooh, that looks awesome! I can't wait for ciabatta info :)

Shayne said...

trust me it is so easy to make this ciabatta.

White On Rice Couple said...

That's a beautiful salad! and I love the trifle bowl that you used it in!
Happy 4th to you!

katiez said...

Very pretty, indeed!
It's been years since I've had 7-Layer salad... I always loved it.
I never had such a pretty bowl for it though. Hope your picnic was great!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

Great tip about using the frozen peas -- I will have to remember that one!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Shayne, What a gorgeous presentation! I love this salad and everything in it! Hope you're having a nice summer with your family.