You guys, when I was in Florida with my family last week, I had the best salad I've had at Columbia Restaurant in Tampa.

It was so good I had to get the recipe for their famous "1905 Salad" and share it with you.

According to the Columbia's website, this salad was rated as one of the 'Top Ten Best Salad's' from USA Today. I whole heartily agree with them.

The combination of Swiss cheese, green olives, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce, just work together for a tasty dish. Heck! I could and would make a whole meal out of it. It's that good.

Think about the tasty Lino's house salad and multiply that by ten.


Salad Ingredients

4 cups iceberg lettuce, broken into 1 ½" × 1 ½" pieces
1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
½ cup baked ham, julienned 2" × ⅛" (may substitute turkey or shrimp)
½ cup Swiss cheese, julienne 2" × ⅛"
½ cup pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
“1905” Dressing (see recipe below)
¼ cup Romano cheese, grated
2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce®
1 lemon

Salad Preparation

Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add “1905” Dressing, Romano cheese, Worcestershire and the juice of 1 lemon. Toss well and serve immediately. Makes 2 full salads or 4 side salads.

“1905” Dressing Ingredients

½ cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried oregano
⅛ cup white wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Salad Dressing Preparation

Mix olive oil, garlic oregano, in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in vinegar, gradually beating to form an emulsion, and then season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate.

By the way, if you're ever in the Tampa area you must make reservations at the Columbia. Not only is the food fantastic but their Flamenco Dance Show is super fun to watch too.

To see the menu, learn the history and all that Columbia Restaurant has to offer, click here.

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