One of the top menu items at Caiotti Pizza Cafe in Studio City, California is "The Salad," a mix of watercress, romaine, gorgonzola, walnuts and "maternity salad dressing," officially known as balsamic basil vinaigrette salad dressing. Pregnant Los Angeles women flock to the restaurant to order "The Salad" in the hopes of inducing labor.
What does the maternity salad dressing contain to have such a powerful effect on diners? Caiotti Pizza Cafe won't say. All members of the kitchen staff have to sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibits them from divulging the salad dressing's secret ingredients.
If you're interested in making your own version of "The Salad," you're in luck: Caiotti Pizza Cafe sells the maternity salad dressing at its online store. If the salad does indeed induce labor, be sure to make a trip to the Studio City restaurant to sign its journal, which contains some 20 years of testimonials from mothers who've sworn by "The Salad" and its contraction-causing dressing.