30 June 2011

JUNE Lighten Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the June edition of Lighten Up! Today three marvelous bloggers will be tempting you with cold salads for your (more than likely, except my Aussie friends) hot July. Independence day is this coming Monday and for Americans that usually translates to get togethers, picnics and barbecues. All of today's recipes are perfect for taking on these outings. My recipe may not be new to many of you. I made it a ton many years ago but just started making it again. It seems most people haven't had it in years so it seems like a fresh recipe.

 Look familiar? Here's my offering for today's menu...

Summer Seven Layer Salad

4 cups torn spinach or romaine lettuce
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, setting 1/2 cup aside for topping 
 1 small red onion, diced
grape or cherry tomatoes quartered
1 (10 ounce) packages frozen green peas, thawed, drained
1 cup  mayonnaise
 1/2 cup sour cream
1 pkg ranch dry mix
8 oz bacon, cooked and chopped

Layer spinach, tomatoes, onions, cheese, onions, peas and bacon in 3-qt.glass serving bowl or trifle bowl. Mix mayo, sour cream and ranch mix. Spread over salad, completely covering top of salad (gently spread the mayonnaise mixture over the entire salad, sealing to the edges to lock in the taste). Sprinkle  1/2 cup of cheese on top.  Cover. Refrigerate at least 5 hours. The longer it sits the better it is (2 -3 days) Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and the bacon just before serving.

Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving : Calories 180    Sodium 262 mg     

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 JUNE Menu
Dump It Bean Salad (Melissa)
Cucumber Ribbon Salad (Rachel)

Summer Layered Salad (Beverly)

Are you interested in winning the June blog hop prize? After you have visited all 3 of us email me at neusebrats{at}aol{dot}com with the answer to this month's question.
The question for this month's prize is... How many total ingredients are listed in the three recipes? Do not count duplicate ingredients but one time ie: if all three list onions only count it as one ingredient.


  1. This looks delicious Beverly!! It is Canada Day on Thursday, this year I am heading out of town, but we like to celebrate with having friends over. This looks like a wonderful recipe for any outdoor gathering!

  2. Yummmmmmmm...this salad looks delicious, Beverly! I love when you do the lighten up blog hops and one of these days I'm going to jump on board. With all that I have going on right now (moving) I just wasn't able to commit. Someday... xo

  3. It's been a long time since I've made a Seven Layer Salad - need to put one together soon! Looks yummy!

  4. This is an interesting way to make a salad..I haven't tried this before!
    Alison xx

  5. I've never seen this or had it before - looks really yummy! I may just try it for our 4th of July party!!


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