National Caesar Salad Day
July 4th is National Caesar Salad Day because this is the Birthday of the Caesar Salad!
It is unclear exactly how National Caesar Salad Day began. Many food holidays are started by companies who manufacture food products, or by organizations dedicated to their promotion. Most are not officially recognized holidays.
Guiness World Book of Records Largest Caesar Salad
On October 20, 2007, Tijuana broke the Guinness record for the biggest Caesar salad weighing 3,287 kilograms and measuring 60 meters long by one wide.
Two Ton Caesar Salad
Mayor and Juan Carlos Rodríguez of Chamber of Restaurants
How has Caesar Salad affected the production of Romaine Lettuce.
But for much of the 20th century, romaine wasn’t known at all to many Americans. That’s because of the overwhelming success of iceberg lettuce, which can remain reliably crunchy (though incredibly bland) despite days if not weeks of shipping. As late as the mid-1970s, iceberg lettuce accounted for more than 95 percent of all of the lettuce grown in this country.
Then along came the reborn Caesar salad. Invented in a Tijuana restaurant in the 1920s (which one is a subject of a bitter interfamilial dispute), for decades the Caesar kind of limped along in all of its garlicky glory as a California specialty.
Then, all of a sudden, in the late 1970s it was “discovered” by the fast-food industry, often topped with very untraditional grilled chicken, and there followed a couple of decades of extremely heady popularity.
From almost nothing, by the mid ’90s, more than 16,000 acres of romaine was being grown. By 2000 that had increased to more than 60,000 acres and today it stands at more than 80,000.
The History of Romaine Lettuce