How Caesar Salad Made History

Nov 9, 2022 | Annapolis

Few things compare to eating a healthy salad and being delighted with wonderful flavors. Perhaps the most famous and delicious salad is the Caesar, and you must give the Red Hot & Blue Annapolis version a try.

Caesar Salad Fundamentals

A Caesar salad is usually made of romaine lettuce and croutons, which is dressed with lemon or lime juice, olive oil, egg, anchovies, garlic, black pepper, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.


The inventor of the Caesar salad was Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, and restaurateur who owned restaurants in the U.S. and Mexico. The salad was invented because of an emergency.

Caesar’s daughter Rosa Cardini recalled there was a rush of guests on the 4th of July 1924 at the Hotel Caesar in Tijuana, Mexico. The restaurant’s kitchen supplies were depleted. Compelled to create dishes with whatever ingredients were available, Cardini assembled the first Caesar salad in history.

For entertainment, Cardini asked his chef to toss the salad in front of the guests at their tables. Nowadays, a poster inside the Hotel Caesar’s restaurant proudly states, “Home of the legendary Caesar’s Salad”.

Key Ingredients

As recounted by Rosa, the original version of the Caesar salad did not include anchovies as an ingredient. Her father was adamant about anchovies not being added to his creation so he used a dash of Worcestershire sauce to provide a hint of anchovy. However, modern recipes typically list anchovies as a key ingredient.

When the salad made it across the border to California, a key ingredient in the recipe was gradually replaced by the American version. These days lemon juice is commonly used instead of the lime juice sprinkled on the original Caesar salad.

Delicious Salad Options

In addition to our super Caesar Salad, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis also serves a Chicken Crispers Salad, a Garden Salad, and a Smokehouse Salad.

Red Hot & Blue Annapolis Highlights

Founded in 1988, Red Hot & Blue Annapolis is a full-service, casual-themed restaurant chain and caterer featuring delicious award-winning ribs, Memphis-style barbecue, smoked wings, and Southern sides and desserts.

The atmosphere is steeped in legendary and contemporary blues music and delivers a large dose of Southern hospitality in a fun and entertaining dining environment. Bring your friends and family to our warm and friendly Annapolis location today!