Sunday, September 27, 2009

Warm Seven-Layer Salad

I saw this recipe in Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine. Every month there is a feature in that magazine, I think it is called Kid Zone, and it showcases a recipe that is easy enough for kids to make with a little bit of help.
I thought this Warm Seven-Layer Salad looked really good and loved how there were different veggies/ingredients than the usual ones that you would see in a salad like this. I also liked the fact that it was served warm, so it would make a great dinner.

Now, this recipe starts out with cooking bacon and then cooking the green beans and summer squash in the bacon fat. Sorry- ya'll, I just couldn't do it. I don't like cooking real bacon and I certainly am not going to cook vegetables in bacon fat. I don't have anything against people or recipes that use this method, I just wasn't excited about that at all. I don't like bacon.
I decided to buy the precooked bacon that you just warm in the microwave and crumbled that for the top.
I just sauteed my green beans and summer squash with a little water, cooking spray, salt and pepper. It worked out fine. I also warmed my beans with these veggies.

You layer the cooked green beans, summer squash, tomatoes, white beans, romaine lettuce, and sprinke some shredded cheese (I used a combination of cheddar and mozzarella) on top of those layers. Then you top that with a dollop of plain yogurt and sprinkle some crumbled bacon pieces on the very top, to finish the whole thing off.

I made mine into minis, so that everyone had their own serving and we all really liked this combination of veggies turned salad.

The fact that the green beans, summer squash, and white beans were warm added a nice contrast to the crisp, coolness of the romaine lettuce and tomatoes, which was again contrasted by the yogurt and bacon. Lots of flavors that really complimented each other. This was good!
And the kids enjoyed layering their own servings into the mini trifle dishes.
I will make this again. It would be great for a potluck or get-together.

Recipe for Warm Seven-Layer Salad

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Megan said...

Cooking vegetables in bacon fat seems so..... wrong. I wouldn't have done it either!

I love the idea of a layered salad, though - and I remember seeing that recipe!

Melanie said...

What a great salad idea...but what I really love are those mini trifle dishes. How cute are those!!

Melanie said...

P.S. I don't blame you at all for not cooking the veggies in the bacon fat. Seems a little backwards.

Delicious Dishings said...

So cute! I love your mini salads. The addition of yogurt seems really interesting.

Anshika said...

I really like yogurt in salads. If kids love this, then that will be great for them. After all it so rich in nutrition for growing kids. Love it !!

Alexis said...

Wow, very pretty! I always like looking at your blog for fun ideas to make. I'm making popovers and a chocolate cake this week- wish me luck!

Joyce said...

Oh the mini's look so cute.

Marie Rayner said...

That looks so tasty and healthy Mary Ann!!! Very pretty too! Love your little salad dishes!

My name is Michelle. said...

Mary Ann! You NEVER tell people you don't like bacon! You hide that secret in your closet of shame and hope nobody ever discovers you! I'm not saying that you have to cook veggies in bacon fat here, but don't tell people you don't like bacon, you could be arrested for that in some sates.
Oh, love the recipe ;)