1905 Salad

When I was in Tampa last month, I had dinner one night at the Columbia Restaurant.  Like Bern’s Steak House, it is another landmark restaurant of Tampa. This place oozes with old Spanish charm, and their sangrias are particularly addictive.  I especially liked the 1905 salad.  This salad has been on the menue since the 1940’s, and it’s no wonder it’s enjoyed such staying power.  It’s a great starter dish, or if you up the amount of ham and cheese, it would make a great main dish salad.

adapted from Columbia Restaurant recipe

1905 Salad

Serving Size: 6

1905 Salad


4 c torn-up iceberg lettuce
1 ½ c grape tomatoes, halved
3 stalks celery, sliced
4 oz. Swiss cheese, cut into thin strips
4 oz. ham, cut into thin strips
½ c green olives (no pimiento), sliced
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
½ c extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried oregano leaves
To Finish
¼ c freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Toss salad ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the dressing ingredients in a small bowl. Add dressing, Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice to the salad and toss to combine. Divide salad into individual bowls, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

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Sweet Comments:

  1. My in-laws take us to the one in Sarasota every time we’re in town! Love that salad, love that I could make it at home!

  2. First, when the topic say 1905, I don’t have any ideas how it looks like.
    After seeing this, it’s EXACTLY the salad that my auntie-in-low loves to do in Thanksgiving. But she adds more kinds of fresh veggies, such as broccoli.
    I love this recipe, too.

  3. I LOVE this salad! My uncle makes it for us all the time.

  4. I really adore these old-fashioned iceberg lettuce salads. I read a great booka few months ago called Rules of Civility. It’s a fiction book set in the late 1930s. In one scene they’re in a fancy New york restaurant and they eat a wedge salad (a wedge cut off of ice berg lettuce) with bacon and blue cheese. So retro but I’ve totally been craving it ever since. Thanks for the reminder, Suzanne!

  5. Yum! This salad sounds divine! This looks and sounds similar to a salad my grandma use to make us all the time.

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