1905 Salad Recipe

Savory, hearty, and full of flavor, this 1905 Salad will have you reaching for seconds. Crunchy iceberg lettuce combines with julienned ham and Romano cheese to bring an elevated take on your favorite house salad. 

A side dish to perfectly pair with an All-Cuban menu or a hearty dish to enjoy as an entrée, save this classic Cuban recipe for your next party! 

A Few Key Ingredients:

Iceberg Lettuce—crunchy and light, the iceberg lettuce is the fresh base of this dish.

Worcestershire Sauce—as the secret superstar ingredient for the 1905 salad dressing, Worcestershire sauce packs a powerful umami flavor punch on the palate. 

Baked ham—savory, rich, and hearty, baked ham is the traditional protein choice for this Cuban-style salad.

Romano cheese—this salty, sharp, and tangy grated cheese adds to the complex flavors on the plate.

Green Spanish olives—green olives are slightly less ripe than their black counterparts, leading to a more bitter and surprising bite. 

This classic salad is as rich with history as it is with flavor. With unique ingredients popular in Cuban cuisine, the 1905 salad can be paired with a variety of dishes, such as roasted chicken, Mediterranean-inspired seafood, or classic Italian pasta recipes. Bring it as a side to a potluck or make it for lunch—the choices are endless.

Packed full of sweet, spicy, tangy, and salty flavors, the key to serving this delicious salad is in the assembly. As it was originally prepared tableside in restaurants, doing the same for your friends and family will add the memorable flair your gathering deserves. Mixing the ingredients together at the last minute will keep the iceberg lettuce crisp and fresh.

We recommend tossing the 1905 salad in a large and rustic wood serving bowl. If you’re doubling the portion to serve a large guest list, dish out generous plates from the 16-inch ruffle bowl. For smaller portions, prepare the salad in the 13-inch ruffle wood bowl or 11-inch ruffle wood bowl. You can achieve a cohesive tabletop with the matching salad servers.

With that introduction, let’s dive into the mouthwatering recipe!

1905 Salad  

Serves 4  


  • 4 cups iceberg lettuce, broken into pieces 
  • 1 ripe tomato, cut into eighths 
  • ½ cup baked ham, julienned (may substitute turkey or shrimp) 
  • ½ cup Swiss cheese, julienned  
  • ½ cup green Spanish olives 
  • 2 cups 1905 salad dressing 
  • ¼ cup Romano cheese, grated 
  • 2 tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce 
  • Juice of 1 lemon 


  • ½ cup Spanish olive oil  
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced  
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano  
  • 1/8 cup white wine vinegar  
  • Salt and pepper to taste  

Mix olive oil, garlic, and oregano in a bowl. Stir in vinegar and season with salt and pepper. For best results, prepare 1905 salad dressing 1 to 2 days in advance and refrigerate. 
Combine lettuce, tomato, ham, Swiss cheese, and olives in a large salad bowl. Before serving, add 1905 salad dressing, Romano cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and the juice of 1 lemon. Toss well and serve immediately. Makes 2 full salads or 4 side salads.

Recipe Courtesy of Columbia Restaurant 


Serve It Up 

A bowl big enough Extra generous serving portion for a large party!
 Don’t need this big of a party portion? Opt for one of our smaller Fundamental Wood Bowls instead! 

Don’t forget the matching salad servers! 
It’s called the ‘Best Bowl’ for a reason! The perfect grab-and-toss shallow salad bowl for weeknights with a ruffled edge fit for a special occasion. 

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