Seven Layer Salad with Wasabi Mayonnaise Dressing

I have had a real craving for sushi lately, in particular I have been looking for the balanced heat from the wasabi paste. I love wasabi, and I have only had the real root paste while living in Dallas when a friend of a friend was the owner of a killer Japanese sushi house. I still love the powder that you can buy, adding a bit of water, and making it into a simple paste. I love how the heat opens your sinuses, and has just the right heat to rattle your cage. With that said, I knew I had some of the powder, and really wanted to do something with it, without any nori, or rice.

Seven Layer Salad Recipe with Wasabe Mayonnaise Dressing
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We recently hosted our usual family gathering over the weekend, which is typically spur of the moment, and prompting the family with ‘Want to come over for dinner?’. This is usually an easy sell as no one has to cook (but me), and we gather around the table for a few hours telling stories and getting some really good laughs in. So when I prompted the question, and everyone agreed to come over, I had no plan. Maybe that is what I was looking for, a five challenge.

As my wife has been on the verge of begging me for meatloaf, I thought, how about an Italian meatloaf, but it needed a salad. I immediately thought of a classic. The seven layer salad, but with a twist; a wasabi mayonnaise dressing. This allowed me to satisfy most everyone. My wife could get her meatloaf on, my mother-in-law loved a recent lasagna I made with fresh basil and homemade sauce, (I would use those flavors in the meatloaf), and I could slide in my wasabi paste!


  • 1 head of iceberg lettuce, cleaned, dried, rough chop
  • 1/2 head of Boston bibb lettuce, cleaned, dried, rough chop
  • 5 leaves of romaine lettuce, cleaned, dried, rough chop
  • 4 ribs of celery, cleaned, thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded, diced
  • bunch of scallions, white and green part, thinly sliced
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup of good mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp of wasabi powder, with a few tablespoons of water mixed to make a paste (let sit for about 10 minutes)
  • 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices of smoked bacon, cooked, and crumbled

OK. Let’s face it, when you hear cheese, and bacon, that is typically a winner, but when you add mayonnaise, people start to question the health factor. Looking at the recipe however, there is some really great ingredients in there, and plenty of vegetables, which make for a nice balance. This classic salad, with the wasabi mayonnaise is a serious contender with any picnic salad, or dinner salad, plus who can go wrong with the presentation!

Seven Layer Salad Recipe with Wasabe Mayonnaise Dressing

First, if you do not have a nice glass bowl, go get one. They are only about six dollars, if that. The beauty behind the salad is not only the flavors, but also the presentation. Trust me, your guests are taken back to their childhood days, and are reminded of what goes into this great salad.

Start with half of the lettuce mixture on the bottom. Then add half of the celery, then the green onion, the red bell pepper, the peas, cucumbers, the eggs, then repeat. Finish with the peas. Mix your wasabi paste into the mayonnaise and add the honey. Mix well. Mix your cooked and crumbled bacon with the cheese. Carefully spread the mayonnaise mixture onto the top of the peas. Top with the bacon and cheese mixture.

Sorry, but now you have to wait. You have to cover this up with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. This will allow all of those layers to set in and create something wonderful.  When you are ready to serve, get a big spoon out, and get to the bottom, and scoop upward.

It’s funny, as I sat back and watched the table, everyone was really going after this wonderful salad, more than once! The classic salad, with just a subtle kick of the wasabi, really pulled this classic out of the closet and into the modern day home. Enjoy.

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

7 thoughts to “Seven Layer Salad with Wasabi Mayonnaise Dressing”

  1. Hi Dax,
    I am making this for Easter Sunday.
    Along with Honey Baked Ham.
    Any suggestions on what to offer for a third side dish that is not to complicated and goes well with ham and salad. Aso any suggestions on a light dessert. this is a mixed group adults and children. 10 total.


  2. The Wasabi Seven layer Salad !


    This was by far the best treat! If you are a salad lover.
    I could not find the wasabi powder so I bought ready made up paste from Pick n Save it worked great. I had to adjust the amount in the dressing just a bit.

    This salad was a big hit. Also I took your advise about getting a great salad bowl. Presentation does make a difference.

    Thanks for the recipes!


  3. Gorgeous! Thanks for reposting the photos….it’s just the most beautiful and palate-rush of a salad. I am SO making this!

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