Sunday, August 19, 2012

Aunt Salad isn't just for Ants!

Here is an easy, summer meal to make for your family. We love summer salad recipes. If you have one, share below.
What a corny name for a Salad! When I was a new bride (almost 19 years ago) I made this salad for my hubby! It was a salad my Aunt Shirley would make and one of the many recipes she gave me for our wedding. When my hubby saw the salad he said something like "oh wow! This is the salad my Aunt Candy makes!" Hence the name-AUNT SALAD- my merger of two Aunt's recipe and my twist of Seven Layer Salad.

AUNT SALAD AKA SEVEN LAYER SALAD

1 head of iceberg lettuce, torn
5-6 green onions, chopped including tops (1/2 c red onion works great too and I love the color)
1/2-3/4 bag frozen peas (thawed and uncooked)
1 lb fresh bacon bits (this was my twist ... yummy fresh bacon)
1/4 c. Bac~Os
6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
2 cups mayonnaise
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Layer in bowl and let sit over night.


First thing is to fry the bacon. I like to make it into bits before cooking. I use to cut the bacon using my trusty Wusthof serrated bread knife. These German knives are wonderful and I own many of them. Over the past few years I have found a quicker way to cut my bacon bits. I now use CUTCO Cutlery Super Shears. They cut the bacon quickly!!

*On to the fun part of the salad! Start layering!!! Layer chopped lettuce, onions, peas, fresh bacon bits, Bac~Os (or I use fresh cooked bacon) and boiled eggs!
 
*Finally spread on the mayonnaise and shredded cheddar cheese. For best taste make the night before serving. I typically will make it in the morning and serve that night for dinner. If you have leftovers they are great for the next day! This is one salad that you do not toss! Just serve it like you would lasagna!!!

I'm sure you know this tip but if not here you go! When I'm using a head of iceberg lettuce I wack the brown core on the counter top. By doing this you then pull out the core! Quick and easy!

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