The Famous Columbia 1905 Salad Recipe is Here & Totally Keto-Friendly!

Columbia 1905 Salad

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Ingredients

1905 Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Salad:

Directions

1

To make the 1905 salad dressing:

Whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve the salad.

2

In a large salad bowl, toss together iceberg lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and pimento-stuffed green olives.

3

When ready to serve, add in the 1905 salad dressing, grated parmesan cheese, Worcestershire, and lemon juice. Toss well to combine before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 salads, Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: 470 calories Calories | 40.6g Fat | 4.6g Total Carbs | 1.3g Fiber | 2.0g Sugar | 22.7g Protein | 3.2g Net Carbs

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Say hello to summer with the famous Columbia 1905 salad!

Have you ever heard of the Columbia 1905 salad? It comes from the Columbia Restaurant based in Florida. The restaurant was established in 1905, hence the “1905” in the name of the salad. The story goes that a waiter created this recipe in the 1940s and then the Columbia Restaurant adapted the recipe in the 1970s instead of offering a salad bar.

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bowl of 1905 salad with dressing

The 1905 salad dressing is what makes this salad. It’s a very simple vinaigrette to make, and then just before serving, you top the salad with Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.

Have you ever had a salad with Worcestershire sauce?! It’s really good, promise! The 1905 salad dressing is so popular, you can actually purchase it online, but we recommend making it yourself though.

bite of salad on a fork

Not just another salad!

You’re probably thinking, okay, here’s another salad recipe. But let me tell you, this salad is amazing and unless you’ve eaten at the Columbia, you’ve probably never had a salad like the 1905 salad! The original recipe is already keto, which is awesome.

To make this a full meal salad, we doubled the amounts of ham and cheese… because really, the salad is all about the toppings. The lettuce is just there to help soak up the dressing and add a good crunch!

putting cheese and olives in salad

Tips for making the perfect Columbia 1905 Salad:

  • Make the dressing first, as this allows the flavors to really meld together to create a tastier dressing.
  • Don’t skip the Worcestershire sauce! It’s the key to making this 1905 Salad taste like it’s from the restaurant.
  • You could use romaine lettuce instead of iceberg if preferred. We realize iceberg provides very little nutritional value, but it’s the crunchy texture that you’re going for with this salad.
  • If you do want this to be more of a side salad, use half the ham, swiss cheese, and Romano cheese. Just note that will change the nutrition information.
  • Want to mix it up? You could use turkey or shrimp in place of ham. You could also add in black olives and celery as the original recipe included those items. Not a fan of pimento-stuffed green olives? Try substituting them with kalamata or black olives. Want to up the fat content? Add in salami and pepperoni.

ingredients on a countertop

dressing ingredients

dressing whisked together

lettuce and toppings ready to assemble

assembled Columbia 1905 salad

pouring dressing on 1905 salad

squeezing lemon over keto salad

taking bite of 1905 salad


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Columbia 1905 Salad

yield: 4 SERVINGS

prep time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 20 MINUTES

Flavorful vinaigrette dressing tossed with a delicious salad of crunchy iceberg lettuce, ham, cheese, pimiento-stuffed green olives, and tomatoes.

Ingredients

1905 Salad Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Salad:

Directions

1

To make the 1905 salad dressing:

Whisk together olive oil, white wine vinegar, garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve the salad.

2

In a large salad bowl, toss together iceberg lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and pimento-stuffed green olives.

3

When ready to serve, add in the 1905 salad dressing, grated parmesan cheese, Worcestershire, and lemon juice. Toss well to combine before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 salads, Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: 470 calories Calories | 40.6g Fat | 4.6g Total Carbs | 1.3g Fiber | 2.0g Sugar | 22.7g Protein | 3.2g Net Carbs

Brought to you by Hip2Keto.

close up of Columbia 1905 salad

We hope you love this salad as much as we do!

This Columbia 1905 salad makes a great weeknight meal or you can enjoy it as a side salad. IF you’ve been to one of the Columbia Restaurants in Florida, let us know how this salad matches up to the real deal!

Columbia 1905 salad on two plates

My Hip sidekick Erica loves this salad and here’s what she had to say:

“First of all, if you live in or are visiting Florida, you must try the Columbia restaurant – it is quite a treat! It makes for the perfect girls’ day brunch, date night, or any special occasion. Although… I can’t really say that I have tried anything but their Columbia 1905 salad (I just can’t get past it)! 😱

This restaurant is definitely the reason I am totally obsessed with this salad! From the moment I first tried it, I was hooked and immediately learned how to make it. I found out right away that my obsession with Worcestershire sauce is the reason I am so hooked on this salad. YEP, my favorite condiment is totally Worcestershire!

It’s definitely a meal in itself too! If you’re making the Columbia 1905 salad, you don’t really need anything else as it is super filling. Plus, you can up the fat content too by adding salami and pepperoni – YUM. Try it… you won’t be disappointed!”


In the mood for more salads? Try this Creamy Keto Coleslaw recipe!


Emily graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Idaho, holds 5 years of blogging experience, and has been featured in Every Day Health and Women's Health Magazine.


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Comments 30

  1. Suzette

    Sounds de!vicious.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Oh my gosh! It is!

  2. Afton

    Their sangria is also amazing, and they sell the mix. I love the Columbia!!

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you for the tip on their sangria!

  3. Suzanne

    Great restaurant! I’ll have to try this.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hope you love it too, Suzanne!

  4. Diane

    OMG my favorite salad is 1905 a must and their sangria is so good. They make the salad at your table its a show

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How fun! Thanks for sharing, Diane!

  5. Arbee

    I have traveled three hours for the salad and three hours back as I live in South Florida. It’s the best salad ever.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Wow! Awesome to hear it was so worth that trip! Thanks for commenting, Arbee!

  6. judy fishbein

    What town in Florida is the restaurant?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      It is in Tampa, Florida. You can find more details on it through the link above.

    • Kim

      There are several. St. Augustine, Tampa, Sand Key and Sarasota.

    • Cindy

      Sarasota

  7. Erika S.

    Just made the salad, and while it really is amazing, I would back off on the garlic cloves, if you’re using whole cloves, or use the smaller cloves. Three big cloves put it a little over the top, and I love me some garlic.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Sorry to hear it was a bit too much garlic. You could definitely use less the next time. Thanks so much for letting us know what you thought of it!

      • Vicki

        My store doesn’t carry white wine vinegar; is there a good substitute?

        • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

          You could use rice vinegar or red wine vinegar, Vicki!

    • Debbie Carr

      Oh but the salad at the Columbia is GARLICY! You do need the mints they serve afterwards!!!

  8. Amy Knightley

    Yes it’s the best. I’m lucky to live in the Tampa area. Love the Columbia restaurant it’s historical!

  9. Melissa C

    This right here is my love language! 🥰 This restaurant has the best of everything! I used to live in Orlando and would go to the Celebration location all the time. Now that I live in Chicago, I order the dressing, sangria mix, and seasoning (even have the cookbook)!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      That’s awesome! Glad you can still make your favorites at home!

  10. MB

    The salad with their Cuban bread and a pitcher of Sangria is the perfect meal!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! That sure sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, MB!

  11. Kim

    Making this recipe this weekend! We love the 1905 salad. The ropa vieja is also AMAZING at the Columbia, if you ever to want to branch out from the salad.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Thanks for the suggestion, Kim!

  12. jane lockett

    I made this with red wine vinegar so the taste was a little different than Columbia. Also, I added more olives..because I love olives:). Still great..

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Happy it turned out yummy! I love olives too!

  13. Leasa Hastings

    This may be a silly question but why is the worcestershire and lemon not in the dressing? Can it be?
    Also, huge fan of this salad. When I traveled for work and had to be in Tampa it was the best part of my trip.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question! You could add it to the dressing if you’d like. The original recipe from The Columbia has the lemon and Worcestershire added at the end just to make those flavors stand out more.

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