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Friday, January 29, 2010

1905 Salad

This is the wonderful salad from The Columbia Restaurant's in Florida. In 1905 Casimiro Hernandes purchased a bar, where he started selling soup, sandwiches and coffee. Hence the name 1905 Salad.

I was surprise after looking a the recipe for the first time that nothing was said about how to prepare the lettuce. The lettuce at the restaurant's were always shredded, not torn or chopped.
If nice fresh tomatoes are not available use cherry or grape tomatoes.

1905 Salad

1/2 head iceberg lettuce
2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
2 stalks celery, sliced
1/2 cup Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
1/2 cup ham, cut in julienne strips (or turkey or shrimp)
1/4 cup green Spanish olives, pitted
2 teaspoons grated Romano cheese

Toss together all salad ingredients except Romano cheese.

1/8 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil (any good extra-virgin olive oil is fine)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon oregano
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

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. Serves 4

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