The Famous Columbia 1905 Salad Recipe is Here & Totally Keto-Friendly!
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This keto 1905 salad is delicious!
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.
The 1905 salad dressing is what makes this salad. It’s a very simple vinaigrette to make, and, 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.
This is not just any other salad!
You’re probably thinking, okay, here’s another keto 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!
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.
- We also think our Pickle Juice Salad Dressing would taste amazing on this 1905 salad!
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, pimento-stuffed green olives, and tomatoes.
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
- 1/2 head to a full head of iceberg lettuce, chopped (about 5 cups)
- 1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths
- 1 cup of baked ham, cut into 2 inch by 1/8 inch strips
- 1 cup of Swiss cheese, cut into 2 inch by 1/8 inch strips
- 1/2 cup pimento stuffed green olives (Manzanilla olives)
- 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free Worcestershire sauce
- juice from 1 lemon
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.
In a large salad bowl, toss together iceberg lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and pimento-stuffed green olives.
When ready to serve, add in the 1905 salad dressing, grated parmesan cheese, Worcestershire, and lemon juice. Toss well to combine before serving. Enjoy!
Yield: 4 salads, Serving Size: 1 salad
Amount Per Serving: 470 Calories | 40.6g Fat | 4.6g Total Carbs | 1.3g Fiber | 2.0g Sugar | 22.7g Protein | 3.2g Net Carbs
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!
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!
Oh my gosh! It is!
Their sangria is also amazing, and they sell the mix. I love the Columbia!!
Thank you for the tip on their sangria!
You gotta try their white sangria! Doesn’t come in the cute pitcher but so great! And their paella is amazing! Love Colombia! Trying my homemade 1905 salad tonight!
If I ever head to Florida, I sure will! Thanks for the recommendation, Jennifer! Enjoy your dinner!
Great restaurant! I’ll have to try this.
Hope you love it too, Suzanne!
OMG my favorite salad is 1905 a must and their sangria is so good. They make the salad at your table its a show
How fun! Thanks for sharing, Diane!
I have traveled three hours for the salad and three hours back as I live in South Florida. It’s the best salad ever.
Wow! Awesome to hear it was so worth that trip! Thanks for commenting, Arbee!
What town in Florida is the restaurant?
It is in Tampa, Florida. You can find more details on it through the link above.
There are several. St. Augustine, Tampa, Sand Key and Sarasota.
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.
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!
My store doesn’t carry white wine vinegar; is there a good substitute?
You could use rice vinegar or red wine vinegar, Vicki!
Oh but the salad at the Columbia is GARLICY! You do need the mints they serve afterwards!!!
Yes it’s the best. I’m lucky to live in the Tampa area. Love the Columbia restaurant it’s historical!
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)!
That’s awesome! Glad you can still make your favorites at home!
The salad with their Cuban bread and a pitcher of Sangria is the perfect meal!
YUM! That sure sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing, MB!
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.
Yay! Thanks for the suggestion, Kim!
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..
Happy it turned out yummy! I love olives too!
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.
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.
I am incredibly lucky to live smack dab between TWO Columbia restaurants!
Everything on the menu is so delicious!
Oh wow! That sure does sound awesome, Jen! Thanks for sharing that with us! Glad you’ve enjoyed all of their menu items!💖🙌
This is one of my favorite salads. We’re fortunate to live in Orlando and able to occasionally enjoy Columbia Restaurant in Celebration and I addled order this. I buy the dressing at Publix to make at home when I’m craving it. I can’t wait to try your recipe!!
You are lucky! We hear so many great things about the Columbia Restaurant! Enjoy the salad! 🤗
I love the Columia Restaurant, too, but am in a nursing home in St. Petersburg, and will have to ask a relative to whip up a recipe for the 1905 Salad. l’m surprised no one has mentioned the garbanzo (Spanish bean) soup that the Columbia serves. lt’s awesome, and filling. Be sure to try the bread and butter, and for dessert, the flan! (Mmm!)
Thanks for taking the time to comment, Jane! Good to know you’ve loved their foods too! Hope you enjoy the 1905 salad! 🤗
Where in the store do you purchase baked ham? Is it from the deli that you can get sliced or is it sold in a chunk by the breakfast ham? And brand names or pics would be appreciated!!
You can use either one! I like to buy a chunk in the lunchmeat area made by Hormel, Jackie!🤗
Thanks for posting this salad. I can’t wait to try it. Lea and Perrins Worcester sauce is gluten free, most store brands including Kraft contain wheat.
Thanks for the tip on the Worcester sauce! 🙌We’d love some feedback on how you like this recipe, Michelle!
In reference to the 1905 salad. There was a lot I hope to this so I was excited but I have to say I was very disappointed. It is not a recipe I will be saving
SO sorry to hear that you didn’t care for it.❤️ Thanks for the honest feedback.
I ate this salad at the Columbia restaurant after a friend’s recommendation & the salad & my entree were the most disappointing meal I ate on our 11 day trip! The view was great, though.
Oh bummer! SO sorry to hear about that. ❤️Thanks a bunch for your honest feedback.
The Columbia is an iconic restaurant. Not keto, but my Mother came home from a trip in the 1970s obsessed with their black beans and rice. She tried to recreate it with dried beans (that never seemed to get done). Once she discovered the canned black beans, it became a staple in our home.
Sounds delicious, Cathy! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share! 🥰
FAVORITE restaurant in Ybor City!!! It’s our top destination when we visit Tampa area.
That’s great to hear! Hope you enjoy this salad recipe, if you decide to try it! 💕
This is the best! I’ve already found this salad recipe and make it. I was especially excited when this recipe made the rounds because I had been to the restaurant last February and had this salad in person! Soooo good!
Yay! Glad you’ve been able to enjoy it at home now too! Thanks for letting us know how much you’ve loved it, Jennifer! 💖🙌
I’ve never been to the Columbia but I will definitely up the garlic next time and cut the oregano in half…it’s all I could taste. It was still very good.
Thanks for sharing what you thought about this salad, Candice! Glad to hear you liked it! Hoping you enjoy the next version with the changes you mentioned even more! 🤞🥗
First had this salad at the Columbia Restaurant in Sarasota… I liked it so much I ordered their dressing online. So happy to now have a keto recipe for the salad and dressing. Had it for dinner this evening!
Yay! Glad to hear you enjoyed this keto version of a favorite, Linda! 🥗🤗