Beach Cottage Too Easy Recipe ~ Christmas Layered Salad

Mon 19th, Dec, 2011

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G’day lovely Beach Cottage special ladies!

Hope you are well…I have been partying, more on that soon…but first, let me show you a little Christmas trick I have up my sleeve, that I pull out every year to tick that domestic goddess box.



So this is my Christmas Layered Salad, I have been making it every Christmas that we have been in Australia, and a couple of times before that..so that’s a few now…

It’s just a simple layered salad…but the beauty of it is that you can prepare it the night before.

What?   You are kidding me right?  So you are telling me that I can make this salad up on Christmas Eve or the night before any big event and it will happily sit in the fridge in all it’s layered glory and I won’t have to do anything else?  I won’t have to lift another Christmas finger?  And people will be amazed, tell me I am brilliant and think I am a goddess?

Yes, yes and yes.

This, my friends, will do all that and more….



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You see, the funny thing about this is not only does it look fandabbydozy, not only is it easy, not only can you make it ahead leaving time to get your glam on, not only does it contain all sorts of wonderful healthy things.

It tastes absolutely amazing too.

You will love me if you make this layered salad, you will come here and tell me how great I am and I will reply and tell you, see I told you so.

The first few times I did this I used an internet recipe from that forum I used to be on…in those days I had never even heard of a layered salad, and I was totally skeptical that this would not end up as a complete and utter mess sitting in the bottom of the fridge, with me looking on, waving my broomstick at it.

Here’s what I wrote in my review for this layered salad:


As I made this I was very unsure, I thought both that it would go mushy in the fridge overnight, that the mayo would be horrible and that it would end up a soggy mess….I was wrong! I followed exactly but without the sugar.  We had this salad as a picnic accompaniment to cold meats and it was perfect but it would be just great on its own as a main with some bread…it was so easy to prepare the night before and then just take it from the fridge, the kind of recipe I like. I wouldn’t hesitate to bring this along to a party or potluck and it would be great for informal summer entertaining or alongside your regular Christmas leftovers, my children loved this and kept saying how yummy it was, there was fighting over seconds! thanks so much for posting

So the original recipe called for sugar and a few different things to how I do it nowadays…that follows below


Beach Cottage Too Easy Christmas Layered Salad

1/2 head Iceberg lettuce shredded

2 cups celery chopped

5 hardboiled eggs sliced

1 small pack frozen peas

1 red pepper (capsicum) diced

4 sliced spring onions shredded

8 slices bacon, chopped & fried

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

2 tsp French mustard

juice of half a lemon

big handful parsley

1 cup cheddar cheese

1/3 cup grated Parmesan





Beach Cottage Notes ** I have seen layered salad this done with other salad leaves & tried them & not liked the result as much, in this recipe Iceberg sings  *if making for a main course with leftover roast meat I put in number of eggs per person (in my family that would be 5) plus an extra one…as just a salad for the table, you could probs go 4  *if you haven’t got sour cream just use all mayo   * any mustard will do here depending on your taste – I love hot mustard here too, my kiddos do not ;-)  *you may want to add more lemon juice plus season the mayo with salt & pepper (I love lots of pepper)

** the peas – these go onto this dish FROZEN, do not defrost them…however if they have frostbite (which mine seem to often have) when you get them out of the freezer, just put them in a pan and run COLD water over them to lose the ice (you don’t want this in your salad)…then dry them by throwing them in a tea towel, gathering the top and swinging them around your head for a bit

** the mayo…you can use less mayo here, but ensure there is enough to ‘seal’ the salad..this is what keeps everything crunchy and fresh & allows it to sit happily overnight

** the chilling…this will sit more than happily overnight, in fact I have left this 24 hours before and it has been perfect….if you have any leftovers once it has been unsealed just pop them back in the fridge…it will get a bit more soggy but nothing major and it tastes even better as leftovers for lunch

1. Shred the onion & lettuce


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2. dice the pepper (capsicum)



 3. dice the celery




 4. layer into a dish in the order given above

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 5. mix the mayonnaise, sour cream, french mustard & lemon juice



6. Splodge dollops of the creamy mayo mixture on top of the peas





 7. pop in the fridge and leave to chill




If you are looking for something to add to your Christmas repertoire this, I promise you, this little baby will help you out…take it to a gathering, a Christmas party, a potluck, or indeed, it suits and Australian bbq beautifully…




If you try my Christmas Layered Salad, I’d love it if you come back here and let me know how it went..





OK Beach Cottage cherry pies, I am outta here, doing a few last minute Christmas things

See you soon

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need an easy Christmas dessert with your layered salad, my Panetonne cake will help you out



edited to add, apologies if you can’t comment, I am trying to fix it, if you need want to ask anything Tweet or Facebook me cheers



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