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The History of Caesar Salad

 width=We can say that this is a cult recipe of the previous century. It was present on every menu in every restaurant hotel anywhere in the world and not only there. Although in the meantime other star salads appeared, Caesar Salad remained the favorite of many.

Because there are several theories about the name or salad would be the original recipe, we suggest you take a trip into the past to find out where he got the name and is the original recipe. width=The name of the salad is generally attributed to Caesar Cardini, an Italian- Mexican immigrant that opened restaurants in Mexico and then the United States. Cardini was living in San Diego but he was also working in Tijuana, where he avoided the restrictions of the American Prohibition. His daughter Rosa (1928 – 2003) remembered her father invented the recipe on July 4, 1924, when supplies were exhausted but the celebration at the restaurant was in progress. Cardini had to manage with what was in store, adding a bit of ingenuity, preparing a salad at the table directly in front of the client. Hotel Caesar in Tijuana, founded by Cardini during Prohibition, still maintains the inventor’s habit.

 width=Julia Child, the famous American chef who introduced French cuisine in America, said that, when she was a child, she ate a Caesar Salad at Cardini’s restaurant, in 1920. The earliest time documentation relating to this salad is from a 1946 menu of a restaurant in Los Angeles. This is 20 years after the date Cardini family established to be the date when the recipe was invented. width=

The original recipe did not contain pieces of anchovy (unlike Aviator’s salad) because its inventor opposed to it. In the 1970s, Cardini’s daughter said that the original recipe included whole lettuce leaves, which were intended to be gripped by hand, soft boiled eggs and Italian olive oil.

There are several variations of the original recipe, but you can find the ingredients according to a 2006 recipe of Caesar Hotel. width=

▪ Roman Salad

▪ Olive Oil

▪ Freshly crushed garlic – often in olive oil

▪ Salt to taste

▪ Freshly ground black pepper

▪ Wine vinegar

▪ Lemon or lime juice – freshly squeezed

▪ Worcestershire Sauce

▪ Raw or soft-boiled egg

▪ freshly grated Parmesan cheese

▪ freshly prepared croutons



▪ Other varieties of lettuce

▪ Grilled chicken or fish

▪ Capers

▪ Romano Cheese

▪ Anchovy

▪ bacon


Hotel Alpin in the Poiana Brasov has in its menus more famous recipes and awaits you in its restaurants where you will discover two variants of the famous Caesar salad. width=