Columbia Restaurant Cuban Sandwiches and 1905 Salad
The Columbia Restaurant is one of our favorites. It is a special treat for us to go because the closest one is a mere 2 hours away. I was very excited when I found out they have a cookbook. This salad is one of a kind. The sandwich pairs perfectly with the sandwich, and is even great alone. I just love it!
Ingredients for salad dressing:
¼ C white wine vinegar
½ C Olive Oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp lemon juice
Mix garlic, oregano, and Worcestershire sauce in bowl. Beat until smooth with a whisk. Add olive oil gradually. Stir in vinegar and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
Ingredients for salad:
½ head iceberg lettuce
2 ripe tomatoes, cut in eighths
2 stalks celery, sliced
½ C Swiss cheese, cut in julienne strips
½ C ham cut in julienne strips (can sub turkey or shrimp)
¼ C green Spanish olives pitted
2 tsp grated Romano cheese (I used parmesan)
Toss together all ingredients reserving Romano. Add dressing, toss thoroughly, plate and sprinkle with cheese.
Ingredients for Sandwich:
10 in loaf of Cuban bread (mine was more like 20 in)
1/3 lb sliced smoked ham
1/3 lb sliced fresh pork ham
¼ lb Genoa salami (I omitted)
4 slices Swiss cheese
Dill pickles (I love pickles so I use a lot)
Slice bread down middle lengthwise. Layer all ingredients on half of the bread in the following order: ham, pork, salami, cheese, and pickles. Spread mustard on top half of bread. Cut into 4 equal sections. Press using a Panini press or a grill pan. If you use a grill pan (which I do) set a cast iron skillet on top of the sandwich so that it presses. Enjoy!
Source: Adapted from The Columbia Restaurant Spanish Cookbook pgs 55 & 105