Vegan 7 Layer Salad is an updated version of a traditional Midwest layered salad. It is even better the next day!
Growing up, my Mom would make her overnight salad at Christmas. I will be honest and admit that I didn’t like this salad at all. I’m not sure what it was, but I couldn’t get on board with her overnight salad. Maybe it was the peas?
The other week I was thinking about her salad. I wanted to recreate the salad and make a vegan version. I did a little research to see if others enjoyed eating this type of salad. I learned that my Mom’s overnight salad was also called 7 layer salad. Basically the same salad, just a different name.
I debated on what to call this salad—Vegan Overnight Salad or Vegan 7 Layer Salad. I ultimately went with Vegan 7 Layer Salad. I figure it would be easier to search for this salad this way.
She always made this salad the night before serving it. Maybe that is where the name came from.
This 7 layer salad was very easy to veganize. The base of the salad is iceberg lettuce. You really want to use iceberg lettuce in this salad because it will hold the dressing well.
The next layers are celery and green onions. My mom liked to use green onion instead of red onions because they aren’t as harsh.
Thawed frozen peas are the next layer. I actually really love the peas in this salad now! It is amazing how are taste buds change over the years.
Traditionally cheddar cheese goes next. I didn’t want to use a vegan cheese in the salad, so I opted for shredded carrots. I really love the carrots in this salad. If you love vegan cheese, go ahead and use that instead!
Now, for the dressing. This might seem odd but mayonnaise is used for the dressing. A touch of sugar and lemon juice are added to the mayonnaise. I used Follow Your Heart’s Vegenaise in this recipe. It is my favorite store-bought vegan mayo.
Vegan coconut bacon tops the salad as the final layer. If you are making this salad ahead of time, I recommend adding the coconut bacon right before serving. This will prevent it from getting too soggy.
For a fun presentation, I like to use a trifle dish. You get to see all the layers this way. You can also just use a regular 9 by 13 pan.
I love this updated version of a classic Midwest dish from my childhood. Did you grow up eating a 7 layer or overnight salad?
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