Columbia’s 1905 Salad


Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad is one of our favorites. Hearty, refreshing, and a bit like a Cuban sandwich in salad form.

Columbia Restaurant is one of the oldest continuously running restaurants in Florida. It's also one of the oldest Spanish restaurant in the US.

Columbia's 1905 salad is so refreshing, yet hearty. And I gotta say, iceberg lettuce usually gets a bad rap, but I really love it in this recipe. It's crunchy, and packed with water and hydration.

The original recipe in Columbia’s History Culture & Cuisine Book called for 2 cups of dressing. But having made this a few times, I felt that was a bit too much and the amount has been adjusted.

And the dressing is SO good. A blend of lemon, Parmesan cheese, and the secret sauce ... Worcestershire Sauce.

Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, cheese, and olives in a large salad bowl.

Pour Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, oregano, white wine vinegar into a mason jar. Shake vigorously to emulsify and blend the ingredients into a salad dressing.

Toss salad ingredients together with dressing, salt and pepper, and grated cheese.

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