The Caesar Salad was created in Mexico by Alex Cardini, who made this salad at his brother Caesar’s restaurant utilizing a dressing he concocted. It was originally named Aviator’s Salad but it became popular and mimicked with the title “Caesar Salad.” It’s said he created the dish when a 4th of July rush depleted the kitchen’s supplies.
The first documentation of Caesar salad dates to 1946, when the newspaper columnist Dorothy Kilgallen wrote:
‘The big food rage in Hollywood—the Caesar salad—will be introduced to New Yorkers by Gilmore’s Steak House. It’s an intricate concoction that takes ages to prepare and contains lots of garlic, raw or slightly coddled eggs, croutons, romaine, anchovies, parmesan cheese, olive oil, vinegar and plenty of black pepper.”