I love layered salads and make them to use up all the bits of fresh veggies in my fridge. This recipe is the perfect base for me to take off from. I never use the eggs and prefer finely grated cheddar cheese. I often use celery and peppers. Anything goes, really- cucumbers, grated carrot, crumbled cauliflower. If I only have a little bit of something I will toss it together with the lettuce rather than try to create its own layer. Whatever I have used it always turns out delicious. Oh, and I often use 1/2 Miracle Whip and 1/2 mayonnaise in the dressing. Thanks for posting, Meyer Lemon.