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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.

A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe

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!

A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe topped with ham, green olives, and pepperoni

What you will need to make 1905 Salad

  • Iceberg Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Green Spanish Olives with Pimentos
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Ham
  • Romano Cheese
  • Garlic
  • Lemon
  • Olive Oil
  • White Wine Vinegar
  • Oregano, dried
  • Worcestershire Sauce
A large wooden serving bowl of this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe

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 😉 ) 

A fork and a white serving bowl filled this Columbia Restaurant\'s 1905 salad recipe


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Columbia Restaurant’s 1905 Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Author: Nikki Lee
Columbia’s 1905 Salad – crisp iceberg lettuce with julienne baked ham, Swiss cheese, tomato, olives, grated Romano cheese and tossed with a garlic vinaigrette dressing.


1905 Salad

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1 ripe tomatoes, cut into eighths
  • 1 cup Swiss cheese, julienned
  • 1 cup ham, julienned
  • 8 ounces spanish olives with pimentos
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese

1905 Dressing

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp oregano, dried
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 ½ to 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce


  • Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese and olives in a large salad bowl.
  • Before serving, add Romano cheese and dressing. Toss well and serve immediately. (*You may also leave dressing on the side to serve individually if desired)
  • Columbia uses less white wine vinegar about 1/8 cup in their recipe – my family loves a little more so I double it.


*Make the dressing the day before serving for best flavor
If you want to toss the salad with the dressing to serve, Add the Romano Cheese and desired amount of dressing just before serving.
I often double the dressing to have extra . Often I serve the dressing on the side for people to top themselves for desired taste.
The dressing is also a great dip for bread.
adapted from Columbia Restaurant

Nutrition Information

Serving: 11 serving Calories: 266kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 7g (2%) Protein: 10g (20%) Fat: 23g (35%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 27mg (9%) Sodium: 486mg (21%) Fiber: 2g (8%) Sugar: 3g (3%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love Cuban sandwiches and this salad is such a perfect pairing! I prefer a vinaigrette with lots of “tang” so like that you increased the amount of vinegar. Great salad!

    1. Thank you so much, Pam! I always make it for company as well! Everyone requests it time and time again. I so appreciate you sharing!

  2. 5 stars
    We loved this recipe. Even my picky eater. Tastes like the real thing at Columbia without waiting for a table or a parking place!!

  3. I love this! Have made it many times since running across your PIN in 2021. So good and comes together quickly. Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Tracie! I am so glad you found it and continue to make it! That really puts a smile on my face and makes my heart glad!

  4. The original 1905 Salad recipe in The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook (published 1995) also includes sliced celery — they might not make it that way now, however, but it’s a great addition. Just FYI

    1. Thank you for that info Patti! I have not tried it with celery. That would add some crunch for sure!

  5. This is the best salad ever. I love the Columbia salad and this salad taste just like it. Thanks Soulfully Made!!

  6. I can’t wait to try this recipe! Just went to the Columbia Restaurant for the first time last week while vacationing in Sarasota, FL. What kind of ham do you recommend?

    1. I usually use Boars Head sweet slice ham. Not a sweet ham but it’s more like a home cooked ham. Any will do, but I prefer a non sweet ham.

  7. This is legit. We enjoyed the lunch special at the Columbia when were visited Ybor City in March and this is exactly as we remember it. Don’t mess with anything, no substitutions or subtractions, it’s perfect. Now I need to find a legit Cuban sandwich recipe…

  8. I have eaten and made this receipe since I was a child in Tampa, FL. We would go to the Columbia Restaurant often. Wish I still lived in Tampa; however, being able to make the wonderful receipe that myself helps a little. Publix does carry the dressing and Cuban Bread!

    1. The Tampa Bay area is a wonderful place to be and eat! I have bought the dressing from Publix in a pinch! It is good. I love it even better homemade though! Cuban bread is hard to beat!

  9. Seeing this recipe makes me emotional, in a good way. My family moved to St. Pete, FL in 1959 and my grandmother worked as a waitress at The Columbia. I was born in St Pete in 1960, and I have eaten this salad my whole life and It was my fathers favorite… it was so funny to me as a young child that my sweet southern grandmother, who was an excellent southern cook, made this kind of food for us on occasion… I grew up a fortunate child… thank you for sharing the original recipe!

    1. Angela, I love hearing your story! This area is near and dear to my heart! We often go to The Columbia and love it!

  10. We had our rehearsal dinner at the Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City and of course this salad was front and center! I’ve made it often over the years because everyone loves it. It’s the only recipe I never, ever alter and I follow it precisely. You can’t mess with perfection! And no, you can’t use romaine lettuce or add avacado. It wouldn’t be the 1905 salad. Thanks!!!

  11. So excited when I saw the 1905 salad on my Pinterest email! I lived in Jacksonville, FL and LOVED going to the Columbia restaurant in St. Augustine. I ALWAYS ordered the 1905 salad and for years carried around a matchbook cover from the Columbia with the recipe. Awesome salad, so fresh and very tasty. Thanks for sharing it on Pinterest!

    1. You are so welcome! It is a favorite place to eat. I am glad you can now have a taste of it at home to enjoy! Thank you for stopping by and sharing!

  12. The Columbia Resturaunt is in Ybor City here in Tampa and St. Augustine, Florida. If you ever come to Florida I highly recommend eating there. Thanks for sharing this delicious salad.

    1. Pem, you are so right. It’s a fabulous place. My family and I love going. I am an old FL gal too 😉

  13. Oh my goodness! The original landmark Columbia Restaurant established in 1905 remains open and extremely popular right down here in the historic Ybor City area of Tampa, Fl. Please google it for more information on the beautifully maintained restaurant and its history. The food is wonderful! And lucky us, the family has opened restaurants in other Fl locations. Georgiean Port Charlotte, FL

    1. Georgianne I agree it is and in my post I mentioned how much we also enjoy going. The food is amazing and as is the atmosphere. We celebrate many special occasions there. I love that they have additional locations to enjoy as well! We tend to go to the Ybor location. We are so lucky to live in this beautiful state! <3

  14. Yum, I am pinning this one! I just purchased a head of iceberg lettuce and it needs to be used and now I know what salad I am making, thank you. Happy Weekend, Kippi #kippiathome

    1. Happy Weekend Kippi! I hope you enjoy this one as much as we do at my house. I make it often! Let me know what you think!