Monday, May 20, 2013

Columbia Restaurant’s “1905” Salad

Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

I just got back in town from a fabulous weekend in Orlando at Food Blog Forum! I’m sure you all figured that out though by my Instagram, Tweets, and Facebook picture posts! I’ll give you the low-down on the event itself soon, but today, I’ve got some FOOD to share with ya’ll!

While we were in Orlando, hubs and I got to sneak away one evening to have dinner with my in-laws. I googled nearby restaurants to visit and Columbia Restaurant popped up with great ratings… the restaurant is supposedly Florida’s oldest restaurant having been founded in Tampa in 1905. Plus it hasย Cuban food, tapas, Paella, AND Sangria – S.O.L.D!

I’m a Florida girl… you KNOW I love me some Cuban food! ๐Ÿ˜‰

As I perused the menu (drooling over my computer screen), I noticed their “1905” salad. It looked oh-so-familiar and then it occured to me why! I had eaten there 6 years prior for my dear friend’s rehearsal dinner! It was at a location in St. Petersburg & I no clue they had opened up other locations! I instantly remembered how much I LOVED that salad…

Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

I of course had to order the salad, and boy was I glad I did! It was EVEN better than I remembered.

Nothing worse than when you build something up in your head and it totally disappoints! But, not this salad… It was just as phenomenal as the day it first touched my lips.


I went home and HAD to figure out how to make it.

Lucky for me, Columbia Restaurant kindly had the recipe posted on their website! With a few tweaks it tasted just as good as the original…

Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

Ya’ll have GOT to try this recipe. It’s redonkulous.

It’s a garlic & olive lovers dream.

And if you are near any of the locations of the restaurant… you should definitely give it a go! They give you piping hot cuban bread when you site down (save some to dip in your salad!!) & the Sangria is phenomenal!


Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

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Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15-20 minutes

Total Time: 15-20 minutes

A delicious Cuban salad with an incredibly addicting garlic dressing... it will have the crowd begging for more!


For the "1905" Dressing:
4 garlic cloves, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
โ…› cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra-virgin Spanish olive oil (Cold-Pressed)
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salad:
4 cups iceberg lettuce, broken into 1 1/2" ร— 1 1/2" pieces
1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
2/3 cup baked ham, julienned 3/4" ร— โ…›" (may substitute turkey or shrimp)
2/3 cup Swiss cheese, julienne 2" ร— โ…›"
1/2 cup pimiento-stuffed green Spanish olives
2/3 cup Romano cheese, grated
1 lemon
2-3 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauceยฎ
โ€œ1905โ€ Dressing (recipe above)


For the "1905" Dressing:
Add the garlic, oregano, and white white vinegar to a small glass measuring cup and whisk until combined well. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and whisk vigorously until well combined. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper (to taste). Best to make 24 hours in advance to allow flavors to meld.

For the Salad:
Add lettuce, tomatoes, ham, swiss cheese, and olives. When ready to serve, add the Romano cheese, squeeze the juice of the lemon over the salad, splash on the worcestershire sauce and then add the dressing and mix until well combined. (I ended up having a little reserved dressing - lunch tomorrow!) Serve with some hot crusty bread.

Recipe Source: Columbia Restaurant

Columbia Restaurant's "1905" Salad

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27 Responses to “Columbia Restaurant’s “1905” Salad”

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    Jessica — May 20, 2013 @ 9:49 pm

    I love that salad!! I can’t wait to make it at home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    carrian — May 21, 2013 @ 12:39 am

    not gonna lie I’m totally wanting this. Pinning it so I don’t forget.

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    Lindsay — May 21, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    How on earth are you from Florida/Tampa and have never heard of the Columbia?! There’s a huge one in Ybor. It’s been an institution for nearly 110 years!

    • Tina replied: — May 21st, 2013 @ 7:22 am

      I have always lived on the SouthEast Coast – we don’t have one anywhere near us ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve only been to Tampa a handful of times as a kid… Long before I had any clue about restaurants we were eating at hah

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 21, 2013 @ 7:37 am

    That dressing sounds FAB!

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    katie — May 21, 2013 @ 8:25 am

    Oh this salad looks great. I’ve never been to the Columbia Restaurant. Must make a trip to Tampa to give it a try!

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    Lane @ Supper for a Steal — May 21, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Love this salad, who knew that the recipe was on the website all this time… I think the dressing would be a great one to keep in the fridge. I can see myself using it a lot on other salads also.

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — May 21, 2013 @ 10:01 am

    I’ve been craving salad so bad since FBF – way too many sweets! < not something I ever expected to say ๐Ÿ˜‰ So glad we finally got to meet!

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    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — May 21, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    I need to make this salad just to clear out all the sugar I had this past weekend. So happy that we finally met and that I get to see you in Austin in a couple of weeks.

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    Rebecca N — May 21, 2013 @ 10:39 am

    I’ve been to the one in St. Petersburg too for a rehearsal dinner and loved the salad and found the recipe too. I forgot I had it, got hidden in my recipe box. I need to make it again soon, thanks for the reminder!!

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    Nikki @Seeded at the Table — May 21, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    I love it when restaurants provide recipes! ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks fantastic, and I know I’m going to want to try it soon.

    So sad I missed FBF this year, but looking forward to seeing you in Austin! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — May 21, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    This is fantastic!

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    Brandi — May 21, 2013 @ 2:51 pm

    Greetings from Tampa! Found this post on Pinterest and HAD to comment. Publix carries the Columbia 1905 Dressing!!! I could drinkt hat stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Tina replied: — May 30th, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

      my mom just bought me some because she found it! who knew?! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion — May 22, 2013 @ 1:39 pm

    This looks really good. My husband will enjoy this

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    Nutmeg Nanny — May 24, 2013 @ 11:16 pm

    Oh wow, this looks really tasty! I’d love to try this ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen — May 26, 2013 @ 4:53 am

    I really love the sound of this salad, thanks so much for the recipe!

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    Pam — May 26, 2013 @ 8:29 am

    Hey tt: We love the Columbia. Michael had the pleasure of eating at the Clearwater Beach location with his GIRLFRIEND and her family Friday night. Our favorite location is the original in Ybor city. The building is old, ornate and gorgeous. When I have lunch/dinner there, the 1905 salad is what I order. That and the yummy cuban bread are all I need to feel satisfied. I make the 1905 salad at home quite often. Love it! Glad you got to experience it. Plan a trip to Tampa soon and I’ll treat you to dinner at the original in Ybor.

    • Tina replied: — May 30th, 2013 @ 12:48 pm

      DEFINITELY! We LOVED it… the bread & salad were my favorite!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Audra | The Baker Chick — May 28, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    This salad looks outstanding! It’s only 9 AM but I absolutely am craving it right now- I guess I know what I’m making for lunch! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Barbara — June 4, 2013 @ 10:51 am

    It’s whats for lunch today. I live by the St. Augustine Columbia so going by and grabbing salads for the girls in the office.

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    Howard County Restaurant Menus — June 26, 2013 @ 12:56 am

    This is absolutely great informational content. I think you could make an ebook out of this with some additional information. I agree with your views and I think you have a true gift for writing.

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    BEV — September 20, 2014 @ 4:47 pm

    Hey, you forgot the worcester sauce.

    • BEV replied: — September 20th, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

      Never mind, feel free to delete. I didn’t see it in the second list. Just assumed it would be in the ingredient list.

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    Ashley — December 5, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    This salad is one of my all-time favorites too! Pretty much everything I’ve eaten at the Columbia has become a favorite though and I’m glad to have stumbled across another addict!

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