Colorful McCarthy salad with chopped items in signature white bowl
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Our famous McCarthy salad recipe

September 28, 2022

Our famous McCarthy Salad is named after the polo-playing millionaire Neil McCarthy, who had our chef make this specific salad for him.
Historical images in Polo Lounge

How it all began

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.


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

Polo lounge dining room preparation for dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel
Lounge bar at the Beverly Hills hotel

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!

From power lunches to poolside lounging there’s something for everyone on the menu at The Beverly Hills Hotel.

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