Layer Salad

24 hour salad

Growing up my mother made her 24-hour salad that I always loved. Now I make this salad and my daughter just loves it as well.

But this is the salad that everyone always asks me to make when I am attending a Potluck or Barbecue. Since we were attending my son’s Cub Scout Rank Ceremony’s barbecue, I decided to make this salad as my contribution to the barbecue.

It has layers of lettuce, mayo, parmesan cheese, sugar, water chestnuts, peas, bacon, onions…. Mmmm, I think I need to make another batch for my own enjoyment. It is one of my favorite salads!

Layer Salad


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 36 ounces iceberg lettuce salad mix
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (16 oz) bag of frozen peas, keep frozen and do not thaw
  • 2 (8 oz) cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 3 oz bacon, crumbled bits

Directions: 24 hour salad

  1. In a large bowl layer salad mix topped with a layer of each: mayo, sugar and cheese. Next a layer of water chestnuts, onions, bacon and peas.
  2. Cover and store in refrigerator for at least 8 hours, or overnight.
  3. When ready to serve, uncover and toss salad to mix all ingredients together.

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