NATIONAL CAESAR SALAD DAY | JULY 4
National Caesar Salad Day commemorates a time-honored tradition on July 4th. Although a classic Caesar salad dressing includes a few ingredients that make some people a bit squeamish, it’s still one of the most popular salads around. And the flavor is undeniably a name-making recipe.
Using a raw (or coddled) egg and Worcestershire sauce as the main ingredients, Chef Caesar Cardini developed a salad that has stood the test of time. He added parmesan, dijon mustard, and lemon juice for brightness. A dash of salt brings all the flavors together. Beautifully, the ingredients rest on a bed of romaine lettuce with croutons. Once garnished with freshly grated parmesan, the salad is ready to be served. Considering it is found on nearly 50 percent of the restaurant menus across the country, it is served with frequency.
While most Caesar dressings include anchovies today, the original did not. Chef Cardini used Worcestershire sauce, which is derived from anchovies. Either way, the salad rouses the senses and elevates even the simplest meal. Additionally, when ordering, there’s no need to choose a dressing. Chef Cardini selected the perfect ingredients when he designed the salad.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL CAESAR SALAD DAY
Make a Caesar salad with as much celebration as Chef Cardini did. If you need a recipe for a Caesar Salad, we have you covered. Don’t forget, half the restaurants in the country serve it, too! Post on social media using #NationalCaesarSaladDay.
NATIONAL CAESAR SALAD DAY HISTORY
We were unable to identify the founder of National Caesar Salad Day. However, this day is relevant to the history of the Caesar salad.
During the holiday weekend of 1924, Caesar Cardini created the Caesar salad for an elite Hollywood crowd at his Tijuana, Mexico restaurant. The Independence Day weekend called for a little extra excitement at the dinner table. As part of the service, Cardini made a dramatic performance of mixing the salad as his guests watched. He tossed the ingredients with great panache and flair, much to the thrill of those around the table. The display was such a success, preparing a Caesar salad today continues in much the same fashion out of tradition.