Columbia's Original "1905" Salad

"1905 is the year that the Columbia Restaurant was founded in the Ybor City section of Tampa, Florida. At this legendary restaurant, this wonderful salad is tossed at your table. Don't forget to have some warm Cuban bread and sweet cream butter to serve along with this delicious salad."
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  • 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.

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  1. I dream of the 1905 salad at the Columbia. This may be the same ingredients, but there's nothing like having it tossed for you and served tableside on the patio in the circle in Sarasota. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. It tastes wonderful, but I can't wait to come back for the real deal!
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. Satisfying salad!


<p>I recently celebrated my 19th anniversary living in SW Florida. I moved here from Massachusetts, just north of Boston. As much as I miss family back home, I truly love living here - the beaches, the tropical beauty, the people, and the weather (except the hurricanes!). Everyday is just another day in Paradise. I work at the new international airport here in Fort Myers. I have an opportunity to meet many different and interesting people from around the world. I've had an interest in cooking since I was a little boy, following my grandmother around the kitchen. Since I wasn't blessed with any artistic or musical talent, I think cooking was my way of being creative. My passion is my family and friends. My second passion is cooking for them. My favorite way to entertain is informally...brunches, cookouts, and small dinner parties. Just relaxing, enjoying each other's company, some good food and drink, and a little fun are the only rules of the house.</p>
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