Seven-layer salad
Serves 12

Every South African family seems to have their own version of this salad - here's my favourite, which always wows the crowds at our braais (BBQs).


2 cups shredded little gem lettuce
1.5 cups diced radishes
1.5 cups diced cucumber
1.5 cups diced red pepper
1.5 cupsdiced celery
1.5 cups frozen corn
1.5 cups frozen peas
1.5 cups Miracle Whip mayonnaise
1 cup cooked diced bacon
1 cup grated mature cheddar cheese
croutons (optional)


Fry the bacon until crisp, then leave to cool on paper towels.  If using croutons, fry the bread cubes in the bacon fat until golden brown, then drain on paper towels.

Shred the lettuce and chop all the vegetables into small cubes. 

To assemble, place a small upturned saucer or Tupperware lid in the base of a glass salad bowl (this is to make sure that the salad is slightly raised and any liquid runs down the side of the saucer and does not pool at the bottom of the salad to make it soggy).  Then spread all the lettuce in a layer in the base of the bowl, followed by a layer each of radishes, cucumber, red pepper, celery, frozen corn and frozen peas (don't defrost the corn & peas).  Spread the mayonnaise in a thick layer over the peas, then sprinkle the bacon and cheese (and croutons, if using) on top of the mayonnaise.