Columbia Restaurant's 1905 Salad photo by Kathy Miller

Dave and I are salad lovers, but using the same ingredients over and over gets boring.  As promised in my last post…One of my favorite salads is The 1905 Salad from The Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine, Fl.  This one can be a main course or a side salad.  When I use it for the main course I add the ham.

1905 Salad from The Columbia Restaurant photo by Kathy Miller

Columbia Restaurant 1905 Salad photo by Kathy Miller


  • 1/2 head iceberg lettuce or romaine lettuce
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
  • 1/2 cup ham, cut in juilienne strips (I add ham if using as a main course)
  • 1/4 cup green Spanish olives, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons Romano or Parmesean cheese, freshly grated


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


  1. Toss together all salad ingredients except cheese.
  2. Mix garlic, oregano, and worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
  3. Beat until smooth with a wire whisk.
  4. Add olive oil gradually to form an emulsion.
  5. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  6. Pour dressing on salad to your liking and toss.
  7. Add lemon and Parmesean cheese and toss one more time.


I like to add the lemon last just before the cheese. The Columbia Restaurant in St. Augustine tosses this salad tableside which always makes it taste better!

By KathyMillerTime via The Columbia Restaurant, St, Augustine, Fl


Recipe Printed from

A not so favorite story about the last time I  had this salad at The Columbia in St. Augustine…it actually is funny looking back on it…but at the time…not so

Daughter Elizabeth loves to go to St. Augustine and always eats at The Columbia.  She took me for a Christmas present.  We had just finished eating lunch when a server carrying a huge tray with beer steins for the next table dropped the entire tray with 6 beers on me and my packages.  I was totally wet and smelled like a brewery.  The owner/manager was mortified.  After helping dry me off, I managed to smile and be nice about the entire episode.  I do hope the server didn’t lose his job.  The owner then did the right thing and comped our lunch.

The Columbia has not reopened yet due to the shut down, but as soon as it does I think I’ll take a little trip to St. Augustine for the best salad and Cuban sandwich.

Over the next few posts I will be sharing some recipes I’ve tried and I’ll share some of the drawings and paintings I have been working on in my classes. I’ll also have a shout out to some of my favorite local businesses and remind all to shop local when you can.  Many of these are now offering carry out service and on line shopping through their websites!

Come celebrate with me.  I’ll save you a seat at the virtual table! Yikes!


  • Janet says:

    I grew up in Tampa near the Ybor City Columbia. It was a family favorite on Sundays.
    Love the Cuban Sandwiches and this Salad. Thanks for reminding me.
    I want to go to St. Augustine when you go.

    • Kathy Miller says:

      I have never been to the Columbia in Ybor City although that is the original one! So happy you loved it like I do. Let’s go!

  • Dickie says:

    I know what’s for dinner!

    Thanks always for your life affirming posts!

  • Bobbie Beautiful says:

    Uh oh on the beer shower. At least it wasn’t red wine.😘

  • Myra Jeffreys says:

    I always enjoy your life stories and delicious recipes! Much love to you and your family!

    • Kathy Miller says:

      Thanks Myra! A little bit of humor helps us get through this time. I wasn’t too happy with the beer at the time, but looking back on it I can laugh and enjoy. Maybe if I had been drinking the beer!

  • Dave says:

    I love this salad. It always reminds me of fun trips to St Augustine and the Columbia restaurant

  • Rick Kennedy says:

    Kathy, that salad looks absolutely mouth-watering. I think I am gonna make that this week sometime. Hope you Millers are surviving this odd time of being “distant”. Tell your sisters Hey! Miss seeing you… take care and God Bless!!!!!!

    • KathyMillerTime says:

      Thank you for reaching out Rick. Always good to hear from you. This salad is great and I’m making it for our Memorial Day get together. Hope you and your family are doing well.

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