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    7-Layer Salad

    This is a very popular potluck recipe in some areas of the United States. Now you have a lighter version to bring, and no one will be the wiser.

    Ingredients

    • 8 cups Romaine or green leaf lettuce, shredded
    • 1 green pepper, chopped
    • 2 cups sliced mushrooms or carrots
    • 1 1/2 cups kidney or garbanzo beans, canned, rinsed and drained
    • 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, run cold water over them in a strainer to partially thaw
    • 6 tablespoons light mayo
    • 6 tablespoons light or nonfat sour cream
    • 6 tablespoons low-fat milk or fat-free half-and-half
    • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons crumbled oregano leaves
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
    • 1 cup reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, packed
    • 1/4 cup less-fat bacon bits, optional

    Instructions

    Step 1
    Assemble the first five layers in a 9x13-inch glass dish.
    Step 2
    In a separate bowl, beat dressing ingredients together with wire whisk. Spread over the top layer in the glass dish with a spatula.
    Step 3
    Sprinkle cheese and bacon bits (if desired) evenly over the top of salad. Cover with plastic wrap and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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