If you have been to the Columbia, you know exactly what salad I am talking about. If you have not, be prepared for your taste buds to dance with joy! This deliciously unique salad is named the 1905 salad because that is the year the Columbia was founded. It is an iconic restaurant in Tampa Bay serving absolutely delicious food.
You can find the recipe on their website here: Columbia 1905 Salad or read the recipe below! This recipe has been voted one of the top 10 recipes in the U.S. and it lives up to the hype. If you make a trip to Florida or are a local, make sure you visit the Columbia at least once in your lifetime. I think their Sangria is just as iconic as their 1905 salad.
My favorite way to have this salad is as a meal with sautéed shrimp on top of it. It is a healthy but filling dinner and takes very little time to make. If you want to add shrimp and are making the full recipe, I usually add about a 1-1.5 pounds of shrimp.
Columbia’s Iconic 1905 Salad Recipe
- ⅛ cup white wine vinegar
- ½ cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsps fresh lemon juice
- 1 head of iceburg lettuce
- 2 stalks of celery, chopped
- 2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eigths
- ½ cup julienned ham
- ½ cup julienned swiss
- ¼ cup green spanish olives
- 2 tsps freshly grated romano cheese
- Toss together all salad ingredients in a large bowl, except Romano cheese.
- Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl. Beat until smooth with a wire whisk. Add olive oil, gradually beating to form an emulsion. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.
- Add dressing to salad and toss well. Add Romano cheese and toss one more time.