This method of serving salad is wonderfully eye catching. It is the perfect party food because you can prepare it in small jars for a bunch of people without much effort. The yellow, green and red layers will definitely attract your guests’ attention.
In Germany, the layered salad is rather popular. The classic recipe contains leek, celery, sweet corn, pineapple, cooked ham, iceberg lettuce, eggs and often cheese. The topping is made of mayonnaise.
From my personal experience, this recipe is a bit outdated and I have to admit that this combination is not my favorite, especially during the warmer months.
As I love experimenting in the kitchen, I tried to refresh the original recipe and replaced the ingredients with more colorful veggies such as avocado.
Also, avocado provides you with healthy fats while the vitamin-packed mango adds a fruity twist. With some fresh sour cream and crispy bacon on top, the recipe can be catered to all tastes.
The ingredients can basically be adjusted to your preferences. By mixing or replacing one or the other, it is possible to create your very own personalized and improved version.
Instead of serving it in a large bowl, I like to use jars or glasses so that everyone has their own layered mixture – similar to way some folks make desserts.
You might still prepare one large portion when you are expecting a large number of guests. The principle of layering the ingredients and pouring over the sauce stays the same.
Also, don’t forget to check out Jennifer’s tips for ripening avocados in case yours are rock hard.
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About Nina-Kristin Isensee
Nina lives in Iserlohn, Germany and holds an MA in Art History (Medieval and Renaissance Studies). She is currently working as a freelance writer in various fields. She enjoys travel, photography, cooking, and baking. Nina tries to cook from scratch every day when she has the time and enjoys trying out new spices and ingredients, as well as surprising her family with new cake creations.