Posted by: Melanie Mathos | June 7, 2009

Columbia’s “1905” Salad

This is a wonderful salad that my mom and I used to get on St. Armand’s Circle in Sarasota at an open-air Cuban restaurant named Columbia. It’s great with a piece of Cuban bread.

(Serves 4)

Source: Columbia Restaurant; Sarasota, Florida

Salad Ingredients:


  • Lettuce (the recipe calls for 1/2 head of iceburg, but I substituted and equal amount of romaine hearts.)
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
  • ½ cup Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
  • ½ cup ham, cut in julienne strips (or turkey or shrimp)
  • ¼ cup green Spanish olives, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons grated Romano cheese



Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • Toss together all salad ingredients in a bowl, except Romano Cheese. (Keep meat on the side if you have vegetarians at the table.)
  • Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl and 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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