Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad - crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne baked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese, and tossed with a garlic vinaigrette dressing.
You can enjoy this original made famous by the Columbia Restaurant right at home!
A sweet reader requested I get this one up on the blog. I make this so often at home I can make it in my sleep.
I have to say I still like to steal away to The Columbia Restaurant in Tampa for a delicious meal and to take in a flamenco show every once in while. It's a real treat if you can ever go.
We have a sweet friend Jennifer (that is from the dance team and studio my daughter was a part of growing up) that dances there. My daughter even took her flamenco class for a little while. Jennifer is amazing, so go by to see the show and tell them hello for me! You won't be disappointed!
I can't say enough how AMAZING the FOOD, atmosphere and service is there!! And my mouth is watering now thinking about their bread! Have you ever smelled that fresh cuban bread deliciousness as it bakes?
I am so very thankful that I live in this area because I cannot imagine not being able to have a slather of butter on some of that amazing bread every once in a while (We can also buy it in our local grocery stores - It comes from La Segunda Bakery in Tampa)! Divine!
When making this at home it goes perfectly with this Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork. It's also accompanies a Cuban Sandwich or a bowl of Spanish Bean Soup so well! Or you can make a meal of it all on its own!
What you will need to make 1905 Salad
- Iceberg Lettuce
- Green Spanish Olives with Pimentos
- Swiss Cheese
- Romano Cheese
- Olive Oil
- White Wine Vinegar
- Oregano, dried
- Worcestershire Sauce
How to make the Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad or Ensalada 1905
TIP: Prepare the dressing the night before serving so that the flavors come together and intensify.
At the Columbia they prepare this table side and it is so fresh and delicious. It tastes just as amazing at home.
Step 1. Prepare dressing by mixing olive oil, white wine vinegar, dried oregano, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce together and store in an airtight container.
*One minor thing I do differently is add the Worcestershire and lemon to the dressing. They add it onto the salad before serving.
Step 2. Tear or cut the lettuce with a ceramic knife (I love this Kyocera one - it won't brown the lettuce and cuts everything like a dream) iceberg lettuce into bite sized pieces, add into bowl. Top with julienned ham, swiss cheese, olives, and cut tomatoes. When ready to serve add Romano cheese and toss with Dressing.
I often leave the dressing on the side and allow everyone to put desired amount of dressing on it the like. This also allows any leftovers to be saved and eaten the next day. (if there is any left 😉 )