I started making this salad 20 years ago and it has evolved into this. It is my son-in-laws favorite and he calls it "That Salad". All my kids ask for it when we get together. I serve it with hot crunchy italian bread and sometimes, home made bread. Please try it my way before you begin to play with it and make it your own. Your family might just tell you it is pretty and awesome too !
Layer above ingredients in glass bowl being sure to have enough of first 9 ingredients to make a full layer to fit in your size bowl. It should look very attractive from the outside. I slice or chop or cut mine rather large so they are forkable and viewable.
Place the meat you choose on top of vegetables.
Spread with enough MAYONAISE (not salad dressing) to spread 1/2 inch or more making a full layer.
sprinkle sugar or splenda on top of mayonaise .
sprinkle cajun seasoning as much as you like on top of this (I use a liberal amount but you can still see through it)
put all cheese on top (this is home grated cheese not out of bag)
sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
cover and refridgerate at least 2 hours before serving but over night is even better !