7 ~ layer salad

7layer salad

Seven layer salad is one of my favorite salads ever! It’s so old school and was served and nearly every family function as a child. It holds lots of memories for me. Like when I was little I only ate the hard boiled eggs and the bacon! It is a very simple dish, just chop everything and put together. There is one key element to this salad, YOU MUST MAKE AHEAD!! I always make the night before and it really needs the time to set and all the flavors to meld. I promise this is a crucial step!
7~layer salad
1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
3-5 green onions, chopped (whites & greens)
3 stalks celery, sliced thin
1 small bag frozen peas (throw in boiling water for 2 mins, drain and set to side)
4-6 hard boiled eggs, sliced
4-6 slices bacon, cooked & crumbled
1-2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 1/2 cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1 T lemon juice
3 T sugar *
Mix all the dressing ingredients together and set to side, it should be kind of thin at this point like salad dressing, not watery! * If you use a sweet mayo like miracle whip you do not need to add the sugar! I like to add a tablespoon at a time and taste! You can always add more!
To layer salad, I love to do in a big giant bowl and I do 2 layers! Start with lettuce, pepper, onion, celery, peas, eggs, repeat. Then top with dressing, cheese, bacon crumbles and chives. Cover and refrigerate over night.
xoxo. Mama Bird

Yummy Fruit Salad, yummy, yummy!

fruit salad


This salad is so simple it seems almost silly to share, but it was so dang good I would be remiss not to!

Cut up all the fresh fruit you enjoy and pour this deliciousness over top, it will bring out all the juices from the fruit and make them look all shiny and beautiful! I used cantaloupe, strawberries & blueberries.

fruit dressing

Honey Lemon Dressing

2 heaping tablespoons Honey

juice from 1 large lemon

4 large mint leaves, chopped


Whip it up, pour it over your fruit and something magical happens!

ENJOY!  Mama Bird

Famous Broccoli Salad


My FAMOUS (even if only in my own mind) Broccoli Salad. This is one of my favorite salads! I love the freshness and it is perfect for a Southern family dinner.  The trick to MY salad is that you blanch the broccoli  to bring out the bright green color and to lightly cook. It is still crisp just more tender. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Broccoli Salad

2 heads broccoli

6 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled

1/2 c golden raisins

1/2 c toasted almonds

1 small red onion, chopped fine

1 c mayo

1/4 c honey

2 Tb vinegar

Blanch broccoli for 2-3 mins, remove, and submerge in cold water. Once cool add red onion and raisins to broccoli. Mix dressing and pour 1/4 to 1/2 onto broccoli mix and chill. Just before serving add almonds & crumbled bacon and additional dressing (if needed). Makes a great addition to any spring or summer meal. Enjoy!

Mama Bird

Blue Cheese Cole Slaw



I have been on a quest since eating at The Boat House in Charleston, SC to find a recipe for this yummy slaw. I have tried a few and non were quit right.UNTIL I found Katie who ironically lives in Charleston but, loves CAROLINA TARHEELS! I have been making this slaw for years now and thought it deserved its on  post!

You can find her exact recipe HERE

Blue Cheese Slaw
1 bag of Coleslaw  Mix
4 oz Blue Cheese 
4 slices cooked & crumbled bacon (all that would fit on my pan!)
2 tablespoons of honey 
1/2 cup of mayo 
2 tablespoons of Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Whisk mayo, honey & vinegar until even consistency. Add blue cheese, & salt/pepper. Toss the coleslaw mix with the sauce. Chill for at least 2 hours. Top with crispy bacon. ENJOY!


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