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.
- 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
- Toss together all salad ingredients except cheese.
- Mix garlic, oregano, and worcestershire sauce in a bowl.
- Beat until smooth with a wire whisk.
- Add olive oil gradually to form an emulsion.
- Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
- Pour dressing on salad to your liking and toss.
- Add lemon and Parmesean cheese and toss one more time.
NoteI 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 www.kathymillertime.com
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!