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Columbia’s 1905 Salad Recipe

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Serve this salad as a side dish or main dish. Either way, it’s sure to be a hit with your guests.

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Columbia 1905 salad on a white plate

This salad, the Columbia’s 1905 salad, is a family favorite. It’s part of a Tampa institution, local culture, that if you live or are from the area, you know The Columbia Restaurant and this salad.

Columbia's 1905 Salad recipe is a family favorite from a local restaurant.

The first time my son had it, he was hooked. It was his first visit to The Columbia and he was in first grade. While he was in elementary school I would make this for his lunch, at his request. He devoured it.

Mom friends couldn’t believe my son ate salad for lunch at such a young age! Since he’s almost in high school I don’t send him with his lunch any longer so it’s been a long time since I’ve made it.

Ingredients for 1905 salad pouring dressing on it.

This salad really has a history in our family. Living in the Tampa area all my life I’ve always liked this salad. It’s a must-have whenever I visit the restaurant.

I introduced college friends because there’s a location in St. Augustine, my husband, his family members, and now my son. Ever since I told my son that I served this salad at his first birthday party, he has wanted to try it.

Columbia's 1905 Salad recipe is a family favorite from a local restaurant.

I’ve tried adding other ingredients through the years but always, and I mean always, go back to the original. While I make it with tomatoes, I leave them off of mine. I love olives but I’m the only one, so they get left off of others.

Columbia 1905 salad on a white plate

While this salad tops the list of favorites, I also regularly make my strawberry salad with candied almonds. I make a double batch of the almonds because they are so good.

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Columbia 1905 salad on a white plate

Columbia's 1905 Salad Recipe

Yield: 2 main salads or 4 side salads
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

The Columbia Restaurant is an Tampa institution. This original 1905 salad is a favorite menu item.


  • 4 cups iceberg lettuce, torn into 1 ½ inch pieces.
  • 1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
  • ½ cup baked ham, julienne cut into 2" strips
  • ½ cup Swiss cheese, julienne cut into 2" strips
  • ¼ cup green olives
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese, grated
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 lemon

1905 Salad Dressing

  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ⅛ cup white wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add “1905” Dressing, Romano cheese, Worcestershire and the juice of 1 lemon. Toss well and serve immediately.
  2. Make the dressing: Mix olive oil, garlic and oregano in a bowl with a wire whisk. Stir in vinegar, gradually beating to form an emulsion, and then season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate. 


Recipe adapted from The Columbia Restaurant.

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Amy (Savory Moments)

Tuesday 2nd of June 2020

I can see why this salad is so popular! It looks delicious and I love the simple dressing.


Thursday 6th of February 2020

A friend is making this for our luncheon tomorrow, can’t wait to try it, looks yummy. And I don’t mean to have my red pen out but there is a typo in the instructions it says to combine “olives” I believe they mean “olive oil” in the dressing, am I correct? Thanks, Mary

Family Around The Table

Thursday 6th of February 2020

Hi Mary! I hope you enjoy this salad as much as we do! Thank you for bringing the error to my attention. I actually left out olives as an ingredient probably because I add them to my salad only since my husband and son don't like them. I've made the correction in the recipe.


Monday 22nd of July 2019

Why add the Worcestershire and lemon separately and not mix with the vinaigrette? How does it affect the flavor and or texture? Thanks!

Family Around The Table

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

Hmm...that's a very good question. It's really how they make it at the restaurant.

Erin Vasicek

Friday 8th of March 2019

I love when a simple salad is best the way it is without all the frills.


Thursday 7th of March 2019

I'm always looking for salads that have a little something extra to them, and this looks perfect!

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