Mother-In-Law 7 Layer SaladMy mother-in-law makes this salad for certain events all the time. Hubby grew up with it and he loves it, a lot. We had our July birthday party here at my house yesterday and it was super hot outside so I wanted cool things to serve at dinner. I thought MIL 7-layer Salad would be perfect. Even picky people who normally don’t eat salads like this like this particular salad.

Mother-In-Lay 7 Layer Salad

Serves 16
Meal type Salad
Misc Serve Cold
Website Robyns.World


  • 1 Medium cauliflower
  • 1 Small white onion
  • 1 packet Hormel real Crumbled Bacon Pieces (you can use other brands, just make sure they are not the hard fake pieces - it needs to be real bacon which is softer)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (use the regular shred, NOT fine or fancy shred)
  • Kraft Parmesan cheese (Yes, this time use the kind in the green can, not fresh)
  • 1 Large Hidden Valley Ranch Original dressing
  • 2 Small Iceberg lettuce heads


Start with an extra large bowl. This salad will take up a lot of room while preparing it, but it will compress quite a bit later. I use a giant 32-cup Tupperware bowl when I make this salad. After it sits I put it into a smaller bowl for serving.

Wash and tear lettuce into small bit size pieces. Use half as the first layer. Next wash and cut/tear your cauliflower into small pieces – I like to use mostly the tips and not very much of the little stems personally. Use half of this as your next layer. Chop the onion finely and use half for layer three. Next sprinkle half the bacon crumbles. Now one cup of the shredded cheddar. I never measure the Parmesan cheese, just sprinkle over the top to lightly cover it all. Then half of the Hidden Valley Ranch is next. Now just repeat all the layers. Put this in the fridge and let it set for at least 5 hours.

When you are ready to serve toss the entire salad well – you can transfer to a smaller bowl if you like at this point as well as it will have compressed quite a bit.

This makes a large amount of salad, easily can feed 16 portions with this!

7 Layer Salad

Mother-in-Law 7 Layer Salad

7 Layer Salad

Have you made this salad? I’m not sure where my MIL got the original recipe, but she has made it forever. Do you have a favorite layered salad recipe?