Monday, July 4, 2016

Variation of the 1905 Salad

This salad is one of the variation of a salad that we had at a Cuban restaurant called The Colombia Restaurant in St. Augustine.  Auntie M and Uncle K took us there. We loved eating there so much that we went in their gift shop and bought a cook book. We have had many recipes from that book.  The salad has been one that I fix for guests.  It takes a little bit of an extra effort, much like a Cobb, but it is so good with the dressing poured on.  I think the dressing along with the swiss cheese and ham, really makes this salad tasty.  Enjoy!  If you go to St. Augustine, you have got to try out this restaurant too.  Interesting Cuban family background of those that own the restaurant. 
1905 Salad

1/2 head iceberg lettuce
2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
2 stalks of celery, sliced
1/2 cup of Swiss cheese cut in julienne strips (I did about a cup)
1/2 cup of ham, cut in julienne strips (I did about a cup) - (may substitute turkey or shrimp)

2 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese (or Romano)


D R E S S I N G:
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (I used champagne vinegar)
1/2 cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil (I used regular olive oil)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (I used about 1.5 teaspoons)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 teaspoon of oregano (we used fresh herb)
2 teaspoons lemon juice 
Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl.  Beat until smooth with a wire wisk.  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.  Then add Romano cheese and toss one more time. 

Oh, we really enjoyed the salad.  This would be a great meal just to have with a baked potato or to serve with seafood like shrimp or scallops.  

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