AN AMERICAN FAVORITE
Caesar salad has become an iconically American dish. Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, garlic, and mustard make up this American favorite. While the presence of anchovies in the dressing continues to spark controversy, this recipe still has a unique capacity to unite the country!
CREATED BY CAESAR CARDINI
Caesar salad has Italian roots. According to many, Caesar (Cesare) Cardini, an italian immigrant, invented it. Working as a restaurateur in the United States and Mexico, he first served Caesar salad in Tijuana in the 1920’s. Born in 1896, not far from Lago Maggiore, Cesare had first emigrated to Canada before finally arriving in California. During Prohibition, Tijuana had become a hub for America restauranteurs and liquor producers, drawing Cesare’s business.
THE SALAD WAS BORN ON JULY 4TH
The Caesar salad we all know and love was born from necessity. Legend has it that, on the fourth of July, Cesare concocted this salad with the few ingredients left in his kitchen, leaving his customers surprised and satisfied. Caesar salad is thus an Italian dish made for American palates — in Italy, however, it is far from popular.
LET’S MAKE SALAD THE ITALIAN WAY
To celebrate independence day, let’s create an Italian version of this American classic. In a bowl, prepare a very lightly dressed caesar salad — just a drop of dressing will do — substituting anchovies for tomatoes, and adding both mozzarella and parmesan. Then, finish dressing the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The best way to impress your guests is to use the highest quality EVOO and vinegar. The Magnifico team brings you top-quality Italian products at an affordable cost: try Agricola Piano’s and Redoro’s olive oils, paired with our Balsamic Vinegar of Modena IGP glaze.