Caesar’s Salad: The ‘Emperor’ Of Salads

Caesar’s Salad: The ‘Emperor’ Of Salads

Nothing beats the all time favorite salad– the Caesar’s salad. Contrary to what many people believe, the dish was not named after the emperor Julius Caesar. It was named after Caesar Cardini, who created it in his restaurant ‘Caesar’s Palace Restaurant’ in Tijuana, Mexico. Like other great discoveries, this classic salad was invented out of necessity. According to Cardini’s daughter, her father created it on July 4, 1924 when the restaurant was running out of supplies in the kitchen and Cardini did not want to disappoint the customers. He creatively prepared the salad with the meager ingredients on hand and to add flair to the dish, he prepared it on a restaurant table.

Generally, a Caesar salad contains romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, egg, worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Now it has multiple variations including different kinds of lettuce, grilled chicken, meat, shellfish, fish, anchovies, bacon, etc. The original recipe however, did not contain anchovies as Cardini was opposed to using anchovies in his salad. The lettuce leaves were also served whole on the plate, because they were meant to be lifted by the stem and eaten with the fingers.

Many people claimed to have invented the recipe but failed. In 1948, the Cardini family obtained the trademark of the original Caesar salad. As the demand for the salad dressings increased, they saw an opportunity for a million-dollar business by selling Cardini’s dressing in bottles. These ready-to-use dressings are still popular in restaurants worldwide.