Dig Deep

You remember this picture from Friday, don’t you? It’s Monday and I promised the answer to the UFO. Just a little longer, let me talk first. I got this recipe from my old roommate, Sara. I met Sara in 1990 at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in NJ. We were both going through the ICU preceptor program, she SICU and I MICU. We happened to live next door to each other in the Nursing Quarters behind the hospital as well. Those were the cutest little studio apartments. It was a greatroom which included a small kitchen with an Easy Bake oven, no lie, it was about that big, a walk-in closet, and large bathroom. Perfect for a single nurses who worked 12 hour night shifts.

Sara and I became great friends, she was even my maid of honor! When my folks moved out to California, Sara’s family adopted me and I spent many Sunday afternoons at her folks’ house. Sara had 7 other brothers and sisters so it was a full house with them and the grandchildren. The best though were the feasts. Her family could cook some amazing foods. And that is how I got this recipe. It is called Dig Deep.

Some of you may know it as Seven Layer Salad but Sara’s family called it Dig Deep because when her mother made it, she layered it all in a huge and very deep lasagna pan. Hence the name Dig Deep because we had to dig deep if we were going to get to the lettuce. Plus it is just fun to say. Dig Deep, Dig Deep, Dig Deep.

I thought it would be interesting to layer the ingredients in individual cups, just for the wow factor of course. I loved it this way. Very pretty on a tray. The great thing about this salad is that it can be made ahead, even up to 8 hours, so that the flavors will marry. Romantic huh? Either way this salad is delicious and beautiful.

Dig Deep Salad
One head Romaine, not just the heart
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
frozen baby peas
shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices bacon, cooked crisp
3 hard boiled eggs

One heaping cup mayonnaise
2 t. white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sugar
pinch kosher salt

Tear lettuce into bite-sized pieces. Wash and spin very dry. In 6- 9 ounce plastic cups fill halfway up with lettuce. Press lettuce down firmly until the cup is filled halfway, don’t worry it will bounce back when turned over. Now layer the following items in this order being sure that you can see the items in each layer and tamping down each layer firmly before adding the next ingredient. Also be sure that there is at least 1/2 inch head space for the dressing, so tamp hard!

1 T. red onion
2 T. peas- I did not defrost
2 T. cheddar cheese
one piece bacon crumbled
1/2 hard boiled egg chopped

For the dressing; mix the ingredients for dressing well and divide evenly over the 6 salads. Be sure to spread the dressing to the edge of each cup. Top with dried cranberries, nuts, seeds, or what ever else you think is pretty. To eat, either Dig Deep! Or turnover on to plate as shown above. Enjoy. This can also be layered in a small glass casserole dish. Serves 6.

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  1. Rindy R
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 7:38 AM | Permalink

    Robin – what a great idea! These would work great at a buffet lunch or dinner when everyone is trying to hold everything.
    Perfect summer salad!

  2. EAT!
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 7:44 AM | Permalink

    Seriously – how fun are those salads. I have only made them in a large bowl. Do I hear let’s make that for dinner tonight?

  3. Hedonistin
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    Great idea! I’ll adopt it – I’m unable to arrange salads on a plate in a decorative way, it always looks just messy. 🙂

  4. jamie
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 12:57 PM | Permalink

    That is a fabulous idea – and a great recipe as well – thanks!

  5. takethecannoli
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 3:05 PM | Permalink

    I was wrong. I guessed some sort of dessert. Those look so pretty!

  6. noble pig
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 4:20 PM | Permalink

    That is so cool, there are no words.

  7. Robin Sue
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 10:01 PM | Permalink

    RindyR-Thanks! It is perfect since they can be done ahead of time.

    Eat!- Give them a go!

    Hedonistin- After seeing your beatiful desserts I’m sure you do a great job on salads as well.

    jamie- Thanks for stopping by!

    takethecannoli- Thanks, I’m sure some other berries or seeds would be pretty as well.

    noble pig- Thanks, only one word, yummy!

  8. sarah@tastespotting
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 1:18 AM | Permalink

    HOW CUTE! always, no matter WHAT it is, small, individual things are always cute.

  9. Grace
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 5:44 AM | Permalink

    what a great notion, and that’s the perfect name for it! i’m totally stealing this idea for my next get-together. 🙂

  10. Michelle
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 4:53 PM | Permalink

    OH MY…are these fabulous or what!!!! Perfect for our dinners for 2. You are so creative and I love it!

  11. ~Madeline~
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 6:37 PM | Permalink

    Haha, I love the name! These are such a great idea.

  12. Robin Sue
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 7:08 PM | Permalink

    Sarah- Thanks for Spotting me today!

    grace- Steal away!

    Michelle- Thanks, garsh you say the bestest things! Loving that Frozen Hot Chocolate of yours!!

    Madeline- I think the name makes it, huh!

  13. Layla
    Posted July 17, 2008 at 3:20 PM | Permalink

    This salad looks delicious, I agree with all the other comments: you always have such great ideas!

  14. Robin Sue
    Posted July 17, 2008 at 10:23 PM | Permalink

    Layla- thanks so much! I think that is what blogging is all about, sharing our ideas, makes the world a little smaller.

  15. Patsyk
    Posted August 18, 2008 at 10:29 AM | Permalink

    That is such a cool way to serve this salad! I made one a month or so ago and served it in a trifle dish, but it was hard to get to everything! I really love the individual serving idea.

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