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7-Layer Salad

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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.


  • 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


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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