The Etymology of Caesar Salad and Caesar Cardini’s Family’s Restaurant in Mexico

The caesar salad was not named after the Ancient Roman emperor Caesar. The Caesar salad was actually named after Caesar Cardini who was an Italian born chef who immigrated to the United States after World War I. Despite having a home in San Diego, the Cardini family operated a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico, primarily because of prohibition. Cardini started tossing his salads with dressing in his restaurant which caught on with his customers and became a signature dish, working its way into the A...


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