In a current E-conversation with my down home forever friend, Vicky, I was rambling on about lost vintage recipes and the recent revival of the 7 layer salad so popular in the 70s. The original salad recipe making the rounds in our area was made up of iceberg lettuce, celery, green bell pepper, peas, red onion, shredded cheese, bacon, and a frosting of mayonnaise with a spoonful of sugar stirred in ~ served in a clear bowl. Pretty salad. Make ahead salad. Good salad. There are many variations on the Internet.
At the Sidewalk House, ours was a 6 layer salad ~ the peas were omitted.
Vicky was aghast! “What do you mean, you don’t like the peas 😂, that is what makes the salad!” was her reply.
My peeps and I would disagree. Peas please? Only if I have picked them fresh off the vine, shelled them immediately, and sautéed them instantly in sweet butter. And that is only the sugar snap peas that we missed in the harvest ~ the ones that matured. SO good! BUT regarding regular peas. . . . .
Do NOT put them in my soup!
Do NOT put them in my Chicken Pot Pie!
Do NOT put them in my Chicken a la King!
Do NOT put them in my Shepherd’s Pie! (I’m talking to you, Ballydoyle chef.)
Do NOT evuh put them in my pasta!
And NEVUH, evuh put them in my salad ~ any salad ~ but especially my 6 layer salad! ! !
What is your take on green peas? Love or hate? Neutral? Do you have a recipe in which the peas make the dish? When was the last time you served 7 (6) Layer Salad? Please join the conversation. (Reply box below.)
Hugs from one who loves everything GREEN ~ just not peas (and okra).
PS Susan and Barbara: Do either of you have the “original” recipe that made the rounds in our neighborhood back in the day? Mine has slipped through the cracks. . . .