Layered Summertime Salad

Come and get it! Luscious layers of meat and veggies that can be made ahead and will feed a crowd.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 2 hr 30 min
  • Servings 10

Ingredients

2
cups uncooked gemelli (twist) pasta (8 ounces)
8
medium green onions, sliced (1/2 cup)
4
slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
1
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/2
cup shredded Swiss cheese (2 ounces)
2
tablespoons lemon juice
1
teaspoon sugar
1/2
teaspoon garlic powder
4
cups bite-size pieces salad greens
1
cup snow (Chinese) pea pods, cut in half
1
cup sliced cauliflower florets
1
cup broccoli florets
1
large red bell pepper, finely chopped (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 Cook pasta as directed on package; drain. Rinse with cold water; drain.
  • 2 In medium bowl, mix pasta, onions and half of the bacon. In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, cheese, lemon juice, sugar and garlic powder.
  • 3 In 3 1/2-quart salad bowl, layer salad greens, pasta mixture, pea pods, cauliflower, broccoli and bell pepper. Pour mayonnaise mixture evenly over top.
  • 4 Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with remaining bacon just before serving.

Expert Tips

Make this salad a few hours early or the night before.

Use the deli or supermarket salad bar to make quick work of the vegetables. You can pick up all of them in one stop.

For a leaner summer salad, use reduced-fat or fat-free mayonnaise and turkey bacon.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
340
(
Calories from Fat
190),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
21g
21%
(Saturated Fat
4g,
4%
),
Cholesterol
20mg
20%;
Sodium
190mg
190%;
Total Carbohydrate
32g
32%
(Dietary Fiber
3g
3%
),
Protein
9g
9%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
34%;
Vitamin C
92%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
12%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 1/2 High-Fat Meat; 3 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
 
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.