Salad Recipes for a Crowd like 7 Layer and More

No party or gathering is complete without salad recipes for a crowd. Crisp and fresh green salads can be the perfect start, finish or accent to any meal. When shopping, our choices of salad greens are greater in our supermarkets than ever before and yet many people never include anything beyond a basic lettuce when looking for cooking for a crowd recipes.

Salad recipes for a crowd can range from the basic appetizer tossed salad, the classic Caesar with romaine lettuce to a very contemporary Radicchio with butter lettuce providing a green salad for every taste. Then we have the salads with added vegetables making a colorful combination for guests appeal. Many of these strikingly beautiful salads are so easy to assemble. Small salads might be served as a side, maybe with sandwiches for a crowd or in large bowls, perhaps on a buffet table.

We also have delicious salad recipes for a crowd made with all fruits or with fruit added to greens and vegetables. Blending the flavors of fruits with the vegetables offers your guests and unusual and distinct taste. Meats and cheeses are added to many salads; often providing a full meal. Whatever you decide, these dishes are open to your imagination. By adding a variety of colors to your salads the eye appeal magnifies.

The first recipe below, 7 layer salad recipe, is one of my favorites; I make it quite often when cooking for a crowd. I almost always add it to all my buffet dinners because it is also one of my family’s favorites. I love the dill flavor in the salad. Not only is this recipe delicious but it makes a beautiful presentation when arranged in a large clear glass bowl. (A clear glass punch bowl works well).

The second recipe I am giving you is a citrus salad recipe which is also delicious; this combination is simply wonderful. First the mixture of lettuce, onion and avocado with strawberries and oranges is tasty in itself. Just look at what is in this heavenly dressing; think about pouring it over that great mixture of fruit and vegetables. Then it is topped with sweet pecans. Guests are astounded over this salad recipes for a crowd.

Both the pasta and crab salad recipe and the blueberry salad recipe are always popular. It seems everyone loves crab and they love blueberries so I can’t say much more than they are both fantastic.

When making salad recipes for a crowd decide if you want salad recipes to go with the main meal or something to serve as a light dessert like the blueberry salad recipe. Guests often appreciate a light dessert after eating a heavy meal so this type is nice to offer. Although light, the blueberry salad recipes for a crowd has a lot of flavor and texture.

When you need a salad dressing recipe, remember that a perfectly blended dressing lends the final touch to a salad. It should pull all the ingredients together in perfect harmony. Traditionally the basics start with a good oil and vinegar; this could be one of many nut oils and some flavored with herbs.

7 LAYER SALAD RECIPE FOR A CROWD (Serves about 20)


  • 2 to 3 Bunches shredded Romaine lettuce
  • 1 Cup chopped green bell peppers
  • 1 Cup chopped celery
  • 1 Cup chopped red onions
  • 2 Packages (10 ounces each) frozen petite peas, thawed
  • 4 Cups mayonnaise
  • 4 Tablespoons fresh chopped dill (or 2 tablespoons dried)
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Cups grated Swiss cheese
  • 16 Slices bacon, cooked crisp, drained and crumbled


First put shredded lettuce in large bowl.

Add layers of green peppers, then celery, then onion.

Add green peas evenly in layer.

Spread mayonnaise over the green peas.

Sprinkle sugar over the mayonnaise; then sprinkle chopped dill after the sugar.

Top with Swiss cheese and then top with crumbled bacon.

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.

Set it on buffet layered like it is; it makes a pretty presentation.

As guests begin to serve themselves, right before serving, toss it all together to blend.


CITRUS SALAD RECIPE FOR A CROWD (Serves 12)


Sugared pecans

  • ½ Cup sugar
  • 1 1/3 Cups pecans halves


Mix sugar with pecans in a small skillet; cook over low heat until sugar melts, stirring to coat pecans.

Spread on foil to coat and cool; break pecans apart.


Citrus dressing

  • 1 1/3 Cups vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ Cups lime juice
  • 4 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons grated lime zest
  • 2 Teaspoons grated orange zest

Combine oil, lime juice, orange juice, sugar, lime zest and orange zest in a jar with lid and shake well; chill until ready to serve.


Salad Mix

  • 16 Cups small pieces leaf lettuce
  • 16 Cups shredded Romaine lettuce
  • 2 Red onions thinly sliced
  • 2 Large oranges peeled and sliced thin and cut in half.
  • 1 Quart fresh strawberries cleaned and cut in half.
  • 4 Avocados peeled and thinly sliced (NOTE: Peel avocado right before putting in salad-they will turn dark)


Combine lettuces, onions, orange slices and strawberries in a large salad bowl and toss gently; chill until ready to serve.

Add avocados to salad right before serving; drizzle with citrus dressing and toss gently.

Top salad with sugared pecans.


PASTA AND CRAB SALAD RECIPE FOR A CROWD (Serves 18)

When making salad recipes for a crowd I think this recipe is best served in individual salads; it makes 18 to 20. If this is not possible for your cooking for a crowd, then arrange the pasta in a large flat shallow dish. Then pour the sauce mixture over the pasta and arrange the crab meat on top. Sprinkle the chopped basil over top for garnish.


  • 12 Red bell peppers
  • 6 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 Pounds pasta (fresh basil pasta if available)
  • 1 Pound crabmeat
  • Chopped fresh basil (for garnish)


To make sauce for salad roast bell peppers under broiler until blackened; peel skin off under cold running water.

Remove seeds from peppers and place in blender or food processor; add vinegar, sugar, cayenne and olive oil.

Blend mixture until completely pureed.

Cook pasta in boiling water until tender; drain and rinse in cold water.

Toss pasta with a little olive oil to keep from sticking.

This is best served in 18 to 20 individual salad plates.

Pour sauce on salad plate, arrange pasta on top, place a little crab on top and garnish with chopped basil.


BLUEBERRY SALAD RECIPE FOR A CROWD ( serves 32)

  • 2 Packages (6 ounces each) Jell-O (raspberry, blackberry or blueberry)
  • 2 Cups boiling water
  • 2 Cans (21 ounces each) blueberry pie filling
  • 2 Cans crushed pineapple drained


Topping

  • 2 Cups sour cream
  • 2 Packages (8 ounces each) softened cream cheese
  • ¾ Cup sugar
  • 1 Large tub Cool Whip
  • 2 Cups chopped nuts


Mix Jell-O with boiling water; stir until dissolved.

Blend in pie filling and pineapple; pour into two flat casserole dishes (approximately 9 X 13 inches) and set in refrigerator until mixture sets.

Combine sour cream, cream cheese and sugar; beat until well blended.

Fold in Cool Whip and nuts; spread over top of Jell-O mixture.

Chill until top sets before serving.

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