Monday, February 8, 2010

My Version of the 1905 Salad

Okay, I am so ridiculously excited to share this next recipe with you.  The inspiration for this recipe comes from one of my absolute favorite restaurants, The Columbia.  The Columbia is known for its famous 1905 salad; and for years I have tried to figure out how to make this delicious salad.  Well, through much trial and error, I think I have finally perfected it.  Try it and see what you think!

For this recipe, you will need:

1 large head of iceberg lettuce (chopped)
2  tomatoes (cut in to large pieces)
6 slices of swiss cheese cut in to thin strips
1/4 cup spanish olives
6 slices of ham cut in to thin strips
1 garlic clove (finely chopped)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated romano cheese

First, cut your tomatoes into small wedges, finely chop the garlic and cut swiss cheese and ham into thin strips.

Then, in a large bowl, toss together the lettuce, tomatoes, swiss cheese, ham and olives.
In a small bowl, whisk together your garlic, oregano and worcestershire sauce.  

Gradually whisk in the olive oil, continually beating to form an emulsion.  
Then stir in your vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.  

Next, pour this delicious dressing over your salad and toss well.  For the final touch, add the romano cheese, toss and serve.
This recipe will make four servings, but you may find yourself needing to double it once your family realizes how delicious this salad really is!  

I also like to add some nice hot bread to the meal like a fresh roll of cuban bread. Enjoy!

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