There aren’t too many ingredients that go into this salad, which adds to the overall ease of the recipe. To make it, you’ll need a head of iceberg lettuce (just give it a shred or chop), diced red onion, chopped celery, peas, mayonnaise, sour cream, sugar, bacon, and some shredded cheddar cheese.
While McGlinn’s ingredient choices stem from how her family used to make the salad, she notes that there is plenty of room for interpretation. “A lot of seven layer salads use hard boiled eggs as a layer, often in place of the celery or peas,” she explains. She also notes that you could add a layer of green bell peppers for extra crunch, use a different kind of onion, swap out bacon for ham, or opt for a cheese other than cheddar. There is one thing that McGlinn does insist on keeping, no matter what other variations you may make: “As weird as it sounds, I recommend keeping that sugared sour cream layer.”