What Is a Layered Salad?
A layered salad consists of lettuce and extra ingredients that get piled on top and in various layers to prepare a filling, delicious salad that you can eat for lunch, dinner, or even between meals as a delicious snack. The Large Family Berry Blue Layered Salad combines savory and sweet with red onions, toasted pecans, strawberries, and other fresh ingredients.
Ingredients Needed to Prepare the Berry Blue Layered Salad
Before you prepare the Berry Blue Layered Salad for lunch, make sure you have these important ingredients:
- Romaine Lettuce. Rinse your lettuce off before using it. Be sure to chop it into small pieces for this salad.
- Strawberries. Wash your strawberries to remove and dirt from them before slicing them down into pieces. IF you have extra strawberries, try making Strawberry Trifle or Strawberry Shortcake.
- Blueberries. You will need an 18 oz. container of blueberries for your salad. Be sure to run them under water to rinse them off. Make Blueberry pancakes with extra blueberries.
- Toasted Pecans. The toasted pecans add the perfect crunch to this salad.
- Red Onion. Slice the onion into small slivers before tossing it into your lettuce mixture.
- Blue Cheese. Use crumbled blue cheese pieces as a finishing touch.
Besides these essential ingredients for the salad itself, you will need specific ingredients to make the flavorful dressing that you will add on top. The ingredients for the dressing include buttermilk, mayo, white vinegar, sweetener, sour cream, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
If you do not have buttermilk, you can create the perfect substitute by adding lemon juice to whole milk. It is an easy way to make the buttermilk at home with ingredients that you already have. This salad is so easy and refreshing, be sure to add it to your weekly menu plan.
Which Low Carb Sweetener is Best to Use?
You can choose from a variety of low-carb sweeteners to use in your homemade dressing. Granulated allulose, monk fruit sweetener, and stevia are three options. If you are not worried about carbs, you can always use traditional granulated white sugar in the salad dressing.
How to Save and Store Your Salad and Dressing
Store your salad leftovers in the refrigerator. It is best to keep the dressing stored in a separate plastic or glass container with a lid. When kept in the refrigerator, the salad dressing will stay good for about three weeks. You can use as much of it as you would like whenever you prepare your favorite salads.
When storing the salad itself, put it in an airtight food storage container. Leave your salad in the refrigerator to keep it fresh for up to three days. You may need to eat it within the three-day period because the lettuce can start to go bad after that.
What to Serve with the Salad
While this salad is delicious and filling on its own, you may want to expand it into a big family dinner or have more options for kids who want something other than salad.
You can expand the salad into dinner by adding soup. Try Instant Pot Spiced Chicken Noodle Soup, Slow Cooker Ham Bone Soup, Stovetop Cabbage Soup, or Large Family Minestrone Soup. There are lots of other soup options, but those are just a few to get you started.
You might want to add a side of bread. I have Potato Bread recipes, Honey Wheat Bread, White Bread, Cinnamon Swirl Bread, or Corn Bread. If you want something a little sweeter, then try Banana Bread, Chocolate Chip Banana Bread, or Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins.
Here are More Easy Salads and Lunch Ideas!
- Ultimate Layered Spring Salad
- Cranberry Apple Salad
- Grilled Chicken Berry Blue Salad
- Marinated Cucumber Salad
- Loaded Greek Hummus Bowl
I have lots more easy and kid-friendly lunch ideas so be sure to check them out!
Large Family Berry Blue Layered SaladPrint
When you want a light and refreshing salad as a side dish, lunch, or dinner, try this Large Family Berry Blue Layered Salad. It is flavorful and full of ingredients that are good for you.
- 3 stalks romaine lettuce, washed and torn into pieces
- 1 to 2 pounds strawberries, washed and sliced
- 18 ounces blueberries
- 1 to 1 ½ cups toasted pecans
- ½ cup sliced red onion
- 5 ounces crumbled blue cheese
For the dressing:
- 3 tablespoons buttermilk
- ¾ to 1 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 2 teaspoons white vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon low carb sweetener or sugar
- ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
In a trifle bowl, layer half of the salad in the order of the ingredients listed, pressing down to fit all of the ingredients in the bowl. Repeat to create a second layer.
In a mixing bowl or mason jar, stir together the salad dressing.
Pour the dressing over the salad before tossing or serve on the side.
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