A delicious salad with a secret-recipe dressing has been credited with sending hundreds of women into labour over the past three decades.

Los Angeles restaurant Caitoti Pizza Cafe has made a name for itself with its ‘maternity salad’, which is famed for kickstarting labour.

Mum-to-be Tayla Burke decided to give the Californian eatery’s ‘Baby Salad’ a go to help get her labour underway.

“I’m trying this famous salad from an Italian restaurant in Studio City that’s apparently known for putting hundreds of women into labour naturally,” she said.

“The salad and the toppings are super simple but apparently it’s the secret dressing recipe that they won’t give out that does the trick. I tasted it, it tastes pretty good … I even licked the dressing clean.”

@tayla_burke Anyone else try this labor inducing salad?! #naturalinduction #inductionoflabor #pregnancyhacks #caiotipizza ♬ Roxanne – Instrumental – Califa Azul

Tayla then shared in the comments just a few hours later that her contractions started the next morning. The next video Tayla shared was the announcement of her baby’s birth.

And her story isn’t uncommon, with dozens of mums swearing by the tasty salad to get labour underway. “I had my son 48 hours after the salad,” wrote Jennifer Steinberg. “One week early!”

While the salad’s main ingredients are simple enough: romaine lettuce, gorgonzola cheese, walnuts and watercress, the contents of the herb-balsamic dressing is a closely-guarded secret. Some have suggested there could be a splash of castor oil in the dressing, which has often been linked to kick-starting labour.

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  • Propable will not work for everyone.


  • All mine were early!


  • My problem tended to be going too early. I was never overdue.


  • I wonder if it does anything to people who arnt pregnant. ????‍♀️


  • Do wish this salad was around in the old days – 6 weeks over my due date – in case I was wrong with my original dates. Poor baby came out very well cooked.


  • Ooh, what is the secret? We all want to know.


  • You must know all the ingredients especially when you trying to get your labour and if the your cervix has opened up. I did think I will have natural labour but my cervix didn’t open up and when we induced he could not come outside as there was not much area. This is kind of inducing in a natural way. Child can be at risk in certain situation. All the best whoever wants to try.


  • Hmm, I would be scared eating something I don’t know the ingredients for.


  • So what’s the secret ingredient ? I’d probably want to know before eating it.


  • I would hope that if it was castor oil they would be disclosing that as it can be dangerous to mum and baby ????????


  • Interesting. I’ve never heard of this salad before, but would have tried it if I knew LOL


  • Wow, that’s cool- I know when I was pregnant with my second I would have done anything (that was safe) to kickstart labour- he was over a week late.


  • This looks delicious. Wonder what happens if you eat this and you’re not pregnant? Maybe it’s just the placebo effect.


  • Definitely saving this for later!


  • Not sure about this being real. Wonder what is in the salad dressing. If baby was overdue then fair chance it was happening anyway.


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