What's In a Name

CAESAR SALAD honors restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who invented it in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. Cardini's original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. He was said to be staunchly against the inclusion of anchovies in this mixture, contending that the Worcestershire sauce was what actually provided that faint fishy flavor.

COBB SALAD was the invention of yet another restaurateur, Bob Cobb, who in 1926 at his Los Angeles restaurant, now known as the Brown Derby, found a way to use up leftovers. The original recipe for Cobb salad included avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese.

MAYONNAISE Many authorities believe that first batch of this mixture of egg yolks, oil and seasonings was whipped up to celebrate the 1975 French capture of Mahon, a city on the Spanish Isle of Minorca, by forces under Loius-Francois-Armad de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu.

RUSSIAN DRESSING Got its name because the earliest versions of the mixture of mayonnaise, pimientos, chives, ketchup, and spices included a distinctly Russian ingredient: caviar.

THOUSAND ISLAND Is made from bits of green olives, peppers, pickles, onions, hard-boiled eggs and other finely chopped ingredients. This chunky dressing is said to commemorate the Thousand Islands in the saint Lawrence River.

SALAD comes from the Latin word herba salta or "salted herbs", because such greens were usually seasoned with dressings containing lots of salt.

SALAD DAYS refers to a time of youthful inexperience, a term coined by Shakespeare, whose Cleopatra characterized her long-ago romance with Julius Caesar as one occurring in "my salad days, when I was green in judgement, cold in blood."