Cake Pan Layered Salad has layers of chopped lettuce, peas, onion, cauliflower, bacon, hard-cooked eggs–topped with a sweet summer dressing.

cake pan layered salad

Spring is in the air, and we’re so happy to share with you this anytime favorite potluck salad: Cake Pan Layered Salad. This salad has yummy layers of fresh veggies and cheese, spread out in a 9 x 13-inch clear baking dish, which allows you to see the pretty layers.

Cake Pan Layered Salad

It’s super easy to make and enjoy at home or take to a potluck. The lettuce, peas, onion, bacon, hard-boiled eggs, cauliflower, tomatoes, and nuts– topped with a sweet amazing dressing? You can’t go wrong with this party-hit salad.

serving of cake pan salad

When spring pops up, I get giddy over the colors of nature, a fresh look at entertaining, and beautiful salads. The produce is so colorful, and I love the look (and taste) of this amazing Cake Pan Layered Salad. You may have already tried my sister’s Layered Bacon Pea Salad recipe – oh, my!

tossed layered salad

What we love about this layered salad

Here’s what we dig about this salad:

  • Easy make ahead salad.
  • Perfect for a potluck.
  • Delicious for any holiday.
  • Take to an after-church picnic.
  • You can halve the recipe for a smaller serving.
  • Use a glass 9×13 pan so you can see the layers.
  • First salad at a party to be devoured quickly!

ingredients for layered salad

Load up the salad with these ingredients:

  • Bacon: Thick cut bacon is the best
  • Iceberg lettuce + spring greens: Delicous to use a mix of greens
  • Red onion: Optional to use sweet white onion, but the “purple” onion is prettier
  • Green peas: Start with frozen
  • Cheddar cheese: Use other favorite flavors of cheese like Mozzrella, Jack, or Swiss
  • Cauliflower: Optional to use chopped mushrooms
  • Hard-cooked eggs: Want a jammier egg? Try my Perfect Soft Boiled Egg Recipe
  • Toasted pecans: Try walnuts, or toasted almonds
  • Cherry tomatoes: You can use Roma or a sturdy tomato, cut into large chunks
  • Fresh basil

dressing for layered salad

Best “7-layer salad” classic dressing ingredients:

You may love the dressing in Layered Pea Salad, and this one is similar.

  • Mayonnaise
  • Sour cream
  • White vinegar
  • White sugar
  • Shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper

how to layer a cake pan salad

How to layer the cake pan salad

I’m giving you the guideline for how to layer the salad, and make it amazing. But you can also try these options:

  1. Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and separate, leaving 1/2 cup for garnish.
  2. In a large (9×13) glass cake pan, place the chopped lettuce and spring greens, and top with layers of onion, peas, shredded cheese, cauliflower, and bacon.
  3. Mix together the dressing by whisking in a medium bowl the mayonnaise, sour cream, white vinegar, sugar, shredded Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Spread over the salad.
  4. Garnish the top of the salad with the chopped eggs, remaining crumbled bacon, chopped pecans, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkle of chopped basil.

Cover with and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with salad tongs.

tossed layered cake pan salad

How do you serve a 7 layer salad?

Bring it as is and add some salad tongs.

You can even toss it together in an epic salad bowl.

Pairs well with any barbecue food, hamburgers, hot dogs, etc. It’s also perfect for any holiday meal.

mixed layered salad

How to host a salad party

When life is busy, it’s so good to remember positive things.

And this season is full of so many!

We love bringing people together, and a great idea for spring is to host a Salad Party! Everyone brings a salad. No excuses on not being a good cook, all you have to do is set out the plates, napkins, and forks. And of course some good wine :)

Enjoy!

7 layer salad with peas

More layered salad recipes to try:

Shrimp Cocktail Layered Salad

Easy Chicken Rice Layered Salad

Shrimp Cobb Salad Recipe

Mediterranean Layered Salad

white plate of layered salad

serving of cake pan salad
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
3.63 from 8 votes
Leave a Review »

Cake Pan Layered Salad

Use a glass 9x13 cake pan to show off the beautiful colors! Optional to toss in a large bowl, too.

Ingredients

Salad:

  • 1 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 head Iceberg lettuce, chopped
  • 1 small package of spring greens
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 10 oz pkg frozen green peas, thawed
  • 10 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cauliflower, finely chopped (optional to use chopped mushrooms)
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, chopped
  • ½ cup of toasted pecans, chopped
  • cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • fresh basil, chopped (garnish)

Dressing:

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp white sugar
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper

Instructions

  • Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Crumble and separate, leaving 1/2 cup for garnish.
  • In a large (9x13) glass cake pan, place the chopped lettuce and spring greens, and top with layers of onion, peas, shredded cheese, cauliflower, and bacon.
  • Mix together the dressing by whisking in a medium bowl the mayonnaise, sour cream, white vinegar, sugar, shredded Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Spread over the salad.
  • Garnish the top of the salad with the chopped eggs, remaining crumbled bacon, chopped pecans, cherry tomatoes, and a sprinkle of chopped basil.
  • Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve with salad tongs.
Did you make this recipe?Tag @reluctantentertainer on Instagram and hashtag it #reluctantentertainer!

 Cake Pan Layered Salad with hard cooked eggs

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com.