National Caesar Salad Day is a food holiday observed on July 4 of every year. Caesar salad is a green salad consisting chiefly of romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with lemon juice, olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper. It was first prepared tableside. There are different versions of Caesar salad available which are made with and without eggs. Sometimes, yogurt is used instead of eggs to maintain a creamy texture, while others may use mayonnaise, oil, and vinegar. The salad is now made in many variations like by adding grilled chicken, steak, or seafood.
“Caesar salad is one of my favourite lunch foods. You can shovel it in and talk at the same time.” – Janet Street-Porter
History of National Caesar Salad Day
National Caesar Salad Day observes the birthday of the Caesar Salad. The Creator of National Caesar Salad Day remains anonymous. Ever wondered why the salad is called so, it is assumed that it was named after the Roman Emperor title. Few believe that there was an Italian-born chef named Caesar Cardini who later immigrated to the United States after World War I. Caesar and his family ran a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. Chef Caesar Cardini is believed to have developed this salad with anchovies and raw egg as the main ingredients, parmesan, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and salt added along with it. Caesar invented this salad on the Fourth of July 1924 as a rush in the restaurant consumed all the kitchen’s supplies. So Caesar made the dish with what was available in the kitchen. Ceaser’s daughter opposed the use of anchovy in his father’s salad and said that the anchovy flavor came from the Worcestershire sauce. Julia Child has also once recalled her childhood memory of eating the Caesar salad at Cardini’s restaurant. In 1946, Dorothy Kilgallen, a newspaper columnist had written about a Caesar salad that varied from Cardini’s version. Now bottled Caesar dressings are widely marketed and sold by many companies.
Other Celebrations on July 4
July 4 is also celebrated as
- National Barbecued Spareribs Day
- Independence From Meat Day
- Independence Day (United States)
- Jackfruit Day
- Sidewalk Egg Frying Day
How to celebrate National Caesar Salad Day
On this day enjoy the famous and mouthwatering Caesar salad. Spend some time reading about the history and the evolution of the salad. This salad takes less than 20 min to be prepared, so give it a try making these salads at home. Make and share it with your friends and family. You can also add this to the menu of your dinner party. With beautiful, creamy, anchovy dressing, this salad can be had as a meal. Serve it with crusty Italian Bread to make it taste the best. Post pictures and share your National Caesar Salad Day celebrations on social media by using the hashtag #CaesarSaladDay.
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