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17 Best Layered Salads (+ Easy Recipes)

Need a salad to bring to a gathering? These layered salads will be a hit!

Each one is fully loaded with layers upon layers of yummy flavors and textures. 

And they feed a crowd. So they’re great for potlucks, barbecues, birthdays, and more.

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From chicken taco to Jell-O to steak in a jar, these layered salads are anything but boring. 

They’re super easy to customize and a great way to use up what you have on hand.

Plus, all those separate layers make for a beautiful presentation!

So go on and take your pick. There’s a recipe here or two just waiting to impress your guests. 

1. Seven-Layer Salad

I’m sure you’ve had a seven-layered bean dip a time or two. But have you tried its salad version?

It’s an eight-ingredient dish that’s fresh, meaty, creamy, and cheesy. So basically, it has all the best flavors!

Plus, you can mix and match the seven salad layers to your liking. Want beans instead of bacon? You got it. 

Prefer sour cream to mayo? No problem. Make it however you like. 

2. Keto Layered Salad

You don’t have to be on the keto diet to appreciate this low-carb salad. 

It’s an enticing blend of all sorts of yummy ingredients that leave you well-fed. 

On the bottom, you have fresh fixings like lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers.

Piled on top are sour cream, cheddar cheese, hard-boiled eggs, and bacon.

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With all that goodness on top, you’ll want hearty lettuce like romaine to hold it all up.

3. Layered Taco Salad

Tacos have all the ideal fixings for a layered salad. 

You have the standard fillings of lettuce, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.

For the protein, what better combo than black beans and ground taco meat?!

Of course, you don’t want to forget the shell, so sprinkle some chips on top. 

It’s highly customizable so you can make it vegan, vegetarian, or load up on meat.

4. Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

Tired of leafy green salads that leave you hungry? Say no more to an unsatisfied belly thanks to this hefty salad. 

Fresh and satiating, this meaty salad is packed with protein.

It has layers of roasted chicken, hard-boiled eggs, cheddar cheese, and an entire pound of bacon. 

Like the meat, it’s not light on the dressing either. There are three layers of ranch dressing and more served on the side. 

Don’t worry, some veggies are hiding in there, too.

5. Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Turn your chicken tacos into a layered salad all your guests can enjoy. 

You start by layering lettuce and spinach. Then pile fresh tomatoes, Mexicorn, and cooked chicken on top. 

Sandwich that with more lettuce, then pile on the handfuls of cheddar cheese and tortilla strips. 

For the dressing, salsa and creamy French dressing are nice choices. 

You could also play around with it and try a zesty cilantro-lime dressing or a jalapeno lime vinaigrette. 

6. Layered Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

This summer salad will be your go-to for all your outdoor gatherings. 

The layers of juicy fruit are super refreshing. Not to mention, all the different kinds of fruit make the colors pop! 

You’ll love the contrast of tangy pineapple, sweet cantaloupe, juicy blueberries, fresh strawberries, and ripe honeydew. 

You’ll also love the decadent limey whipped cream dressing that goes with it.

Dessert or appetizer? It’s so hard to decide!

7. Layered Cold Pasta Salad

Who doesn’t love a scrumptious pasta salad? Make it a layered one and it’s great for any occasion.

This pasta salad is a very filling mix of tender macaroni, cubed ham, chopped salami, hard-boiled eggs, green peas, and cheddar cheese. 

Then there’s the dressing which is an indulgent blend of sour cream and mayo.

For a lighter version, go with a vinaigrette like Italian or French. 

8. Vegan 7-Layer Salad

Layered salads don’t have to be meaty. They can be vegan too! 

And this seven-layer salad will easily convince anyone to eat a more plant-based diet. 

The garden-fresh blend includes veggies like green peas, carrots, tomatoes, and celery.

What will have everyone raving about it, though, is the coconut bacon!

Throw all that into a casserole dish and cover it with a creamy three-ingredient dressing.

Then, plop it in the fridge so it can chill for a bit. 

9. Mimosa Salad (Layered Tuna Salad)

A name like that just screams Sunday brunch! So call up your pals and whip this up for the spread. 

This nine-ingredient salad goes above and beyond.

Rather than piling everything into a dish, it grates some of the ingredients for a finer texture and gorgeous presentation. 

Dive in and you’ll get layers of potato, carrots, hard-boiled eggs, onion, and tuna. 

It does take some time to prepare. So be sure you time it right.

10. Nicoise Mason Jar Salad

Everyone in the office will be eyeing this Mason jar. But who can blame them?

Healthy and tasty, this Nicoise salad turns canned tuna into a delectable meal. 

It has all the classics including hard-boiled eggs, boiled potatoes, tomatoes, olives, and green beans.

The fresh twist is the baby arugula and lemon vinaigrette. 

Pack it all into a jar with the dressing on the bottom. Come lunch, shake it up!

11. Steak Salad in a Jar

Give your body and your tastebuds what they want, steak salad in a jar! 

Between the veggies and red meat, this jar salad is jam-packed with so many nutrients and protein. 

Like all Mason jar salads, it’s great for meal prepping. 

Just be sure to layer the balsamic vinaigrette on the bottom. Then, add the veggies, blue cheese, and steak. 

Lastly, add the greens. That way, they won’t wilt before it’s time to eat.

12. Layered Jell-O Salad

Here’s a fun one for potlucks, kid birthday parties, Easter, and more. 

It has four different kinds of Jell-O mixed with cream cheese, crushed pineapples, and frozen whipped topping. 

Creamy, fruity, and fun, this Jell-O salad will brighten up everybody’s day. 

13. Mediterranean-Style 7-Layer Salad

Trying to stick to a healthy eating regime? This Mediterranean salad will quickly become a staple in your lunch routine.

It’s a nutritious blend of fresh veggies, feta, and mouthwatering chicken shawarma. 

My favorite part is the addition of creamy tzatziki dressing and pita chips on top. 

When a salad is this good, there won’t be a single bite left!

14. Layered Greek Salad

Greek salads are always a winner. But if you want to dress it up for a party, turn it into a layered salad instead.

You build it just like you would any other salad. Except you want to use a glass jar to make it quite the show!

You also want to let it chill for a bit. The longer the dressing melds, the better.

15. Layered Cornbread Salad

Want a taste of the South? Try this cozy dish. 

It has plenty of cornbread, bacon, and beans to go around.

There’s also a thick layer of corn kernels, fresh tomatoes, and mayo sour cream ranch dressing. 

The only thing you need now is the shredded cheddar cheese!

16. 7-Layer Mexican Street Corn Salad

This Mexican street corn salad is brilliant!

The fresh and savory layers take the best part of Mexican street corn and turn them into a full meal with chicken. 

You’ll love the combination of crumbly feta, sweet corn, limey cumin black beans, and juicy chicken.

Use a rotisserie chicken to cut down on the work. It’s also a great way to use up leftover chicken.

17. BLT Layered Pasta Salad

Why not take your favorite sandwich fixings and load them up into a giant bowl?

This one is bursting with cherry tomatoes, crisp lettuce, and thick bacon. So it has all the best BLT flavors to the max! 

And don’t worry, it doesn’t skimp on the mayo. Rather it turns it into a creamy and tangy dressing. 

Now all you need is the bread component. So pack in the layers of penne pasta and garlic croutons. 

17 Best Layered Salads (+ Easy Recipes)

These layered salads are just as pretty as they are delicious! From taco to seven-layer to pasta, you’ll want to try them all!


  • Seven -Layer Salad

  • Keto Layered Salad

  • Layered Taco Salad

  • Chicken Bacon Ranch Layer Salad

  • Layered Chicken Taco Salad

  • Layered Summer Fruit Salad with Creamy Lime Dressing

  • Layered Cold Pasta Salad

  • Vegan 7-Layer Salad

  • Mimosa Salad (Layered Tuna Salad)

  • Nicoise Mason Jar Salad

  • Steak Salad in a Jar

  • Layered Jell-O Salad

  • Mediterranean-Style 7-Layer Salad

  • Layered Greek Salad

  • Layered Cornbread Salad

  • 7 -Layer Mexican Street Corn Salad

  • BLT Layered Pasta Salad


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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