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Exotic Tropical Plate Of The Week: The Original CAESAR SALAD

Caesar Salad Was Invented in Tijuana, Mexico by…

Caesar Cardini had originally operated a restaurant in San Diego, California, but relocated to Tijuana, Mexico with the advent of Prohibition.  Like many restaurateurs, Cardini believed that a fine meal in the town required cocktails before dinner and wine with dinner.  In Tijuana, he could offer both.


Original Caesar Salad Table-Side Prepared


  • 1 romaine lettuce, split into leaves (discard the outermost leaves)
  • 1 egg (see notes)
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 125ml high-grade extra-virgin olive oil
  • 30g parmesan, finely grated
  • 2 baguette slices, toasted

The Original Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana in 1927

According to Caesar’s daughter Rosa, her father invented the salad when a Fourth of July 1924 rush depleted the kitchen’s supplies. Cardini made do with what he had, adding the dramatic flair of the table-side tossing “by the chef.”  Caesar salad is the most spectacular salad in the world!

Caesar Restaurant in 1940

Caesar´s Restaurant in 2021