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I found that if you add the whole garlic to the dressing mixture and use the emersion blender it turns out perfect and the garlic is blended into the dressing. Also, I use Romaine lettuce hearts since it is much healthier. Great salad!
Perfect salad! I had the original salad less than a month ago and was thrilled to see it on here! This is almost a perfect match other than doubling the quantity of lemon juice, besides that - it was exceptional!
We had this salad at the Columbia in Tampa. I couldn't imagine something so simple could be so delicious. Imagine my delight when I found this recipe. I made it the day after I had the original and was thrilled. It was a perfect match. Thank you.
This tasted exactly like the Columbia's however I did do some tweaking. Added more ham and cheese, included more garlic in the dressing and a tad more vinegar, superb!
This was delicious and just as I remembered it tasting at The Columbia Restaurant. I did go a little easy on the garlic as I am not much into raw garlic (love cooked though!), I used 2 cloves and it was just the right amount for hubby and I. Thanks so much for posting the recipe.
I liked it, but it wasn't over the top for me. I am sure it tastes better at the restaurant (as these types of things usually do). If I made it again, I would let it sit for about 10 minutes in the dressing to get a little more wilted. Garlic was overpowering (and we LOVE garlic) so I would use half next time. Thanks for posting!
Mercifully I live just 30 minutes from Columbia's restaurant in St. Augustine, FL. The 1905 is to die for, and easily the best I have ever had. Any excuse to drop in is OK by me. The atmosphere is great, and the wait staff usually very good. Occasionally, you get a downer like Jessie, who feel they are doing you the world's biggest favor by serving you. But this salad is worth it. YUM! Combined with the complementary warm and crusty Cuban bread with creamy butter, this meal cannot be beat for the price. If opportunity knocks, go and ENJOY!
This is the Best Salad. I had this at the Columbia and the server made it using some of the juice from the olives. I did the same and you can eliminate adding any salt. Thanks for posting!