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When it comes to perfect food pairings, you can never go wrong with a perfectly cooked steak preceded by a classic Caesar salad.

Traditionally made with romaine lettuce and croutons wearing a light dressing of grated Parmesan, fresh lemon juice, good olive oil, egg, Worcestershire sauce (or anchovies), freshly crushed garlic and fresh-ground black pepper, there's no denying the Caesar salad is a classic.

You might be surprised to learn though that this famous dish has nothing to do with Julius Caesar.

Like the burger, the corn dog, the Bloody Mary, the ice cream sundae and a whole rash of other quintessentially "American" dishes, there's considerable debate over where the Caesar salad first originated.

In fact, food buffs now believe that the Caesar salad's origin can be traced back to, of all places, Tijuana, Mexico. Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, claims to have invented the famous dish in the 1920s over a busy Fourth of July weekend at his restaurant just south of the United States border. (Cardini had moved his restaurant from San Diego to Tijuana to circumvent Prohibition.) Soon, Hollywood starlets were flocking across the border to sample the new taste sensation--and, perhaps more importantly, to imbibe a proper cocktail or two.

But at the end of the day, that this American classic should turn out to be a non-native import is somehow fitting, isn't it? We are a nation of immigrants, after all.