Origins of the Caesar salad, fit for a king

Jake Fredericks

Despite a name derived from Roman royalty of long ago, this particular salad didn’t make its foray onto the culinary scene until 1924. Indeed, its creator, Caesar Cardini, was of Italian descent, though the salad was nonetheless introduced by way of a restaurant stationed in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. A seasoned chef and budding entrepreneur by his early twenties, Cardini emigrated to America with brothers Alessandro and Caudencio to pursue avenues in the restaurant industry. Cardini’s signature salad became the talk of the town in Hollywood, California, gaining prominence as the headliner on nearly every American menu. Julia Child recalled the start of the Caesar salad craze in her book “From Julia Child’s Kitchen.”