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The Signature Recipe: The Beverly Hills Hotel McCarthy Salad

Summer means salads, and staying in is the new going out. As we (virtually) head to Los Angeles, our first stop is The Beverly Hills Hotel.

The 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.

Best enjoyed on a warm spring day, and preferably poolside (lockdown permitting).

Serves 1 person


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


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!


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