Dine like a star – this famous McCarthy Salad is named after the polo-playing millionaire Neil McCarthy, who had The Beverly Hills Hotel’s chef almost always make this specific salad
This moreish McCarthy Salad is almost as famous as the Polo Lounge restaurant where it was first served. Neil McCarthy was a regular guest at The Beverly Hills Hotel and captain of a local polo team in the 1940s.
One day at the Polo Lounge he requested a very specific list of ingredients for a salad and the McCarthy salad was born. The recipe has remained untouched and has been a signature dish at the hotel ever since.
For the salad:
• ¼ head iceberg lettuce
• ½ head romaine lettuce
• ½ cup diced, grilled free-range chicken
• ½ cup diced, roasted red beets
• ¼ cup free-range egg yolk
• ¼ cup free-range egg white
• ½ cup finely diced aged cheddar cheese
• ½ cup applewood-smoked bacon
• ¼ cup diced tomato
• ¼ cup diced avocado
For the dressing:
• 1 cup balsamic vinegar
• 1 shallot
• 1 tablespoon brown sugar
• 3 cloves roasted garlic
• 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
• Salt and black pepper to season
• Canola oil
1 Artfully arrange the salad ingredients in a bowl. Place the dressing ingredients in a blender and drizzle in the canola oil to emulsify. Add the dressing and enjoy!
2 From power lunches to poolside lounging there’s something for everyone on the menu at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
Recipe and image courtesy of The Beverly Hills Hotel, part of The Dorchester Collection