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Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Chicken Salad Cilantro Dressing

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Rating: 5/5
11 reviews
1 comment

ready in: under 30 minutes
serves/makes:   1 pint

recipe id: 75830

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3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
2 bunches cilantro, (rinsed well, most of stalky ends trimmed off) finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 teaspoon wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup olive oil


Drop garlic cloves and ginger through the feed tube of food processor while motor is on. Mince well. Add the cilantro and process until finely chopped. Add spices, lime juice, vinegar, honey, and Parmesan cheese. Process until well mixed. With motor running slowly pour the oil through the feed tube. Let process one more minute.

Additional Tips: To make the salad you will need slivered mixed greens, shredded grilled chicken breast, corn kernels, rinsed black beans, bell pepper, chopped tomato, shredded cheese and toasted tortilla strips.

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55 calories, 5 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in carbs.
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Jun 8, 2002

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
The combination of cumin and cilantro, along with the ginger and lime juice, in this dressing give the salad its 'southwestern' flavor. Garlic gives the dressing a 'bite' which is mellowed by the sweetness of the honey. A new favorite of ours.

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Feb 11, 2002

REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
I added in peanut butter and a splash of sriracha.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Outstanding dressing. I added peanut butter and something hot -- any of the Asian hot sauces would work, e.g. Sambal.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Delicious just as it is! Will definitely be making again, and again, and again... I might even add the peanut butter some of you are suggesting to change it up a bit. The whole family loved it.

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Jun 7, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Added the peanut butter as suggested by others and this was really good. Thank you for this recipe!

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
This recipe is great. The only thing it's missing from the original is 1-2 tbsp. of peanut butter. Enjoy

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
The ingredient that is missing is the peanut! I bought a jar of this dressing from the Cheesecake Factory a month ago and on it reads: Peanut Cilantro Dressing.I made this recipe and added about tablespoon of peanut butter and that did it! Just add peanut butter to your taste until it's the way you like it. I LOVE this dressing. When I go to the Cheesecake Factory the Santa Fe salad is my first choice! I am addicted! I was thrilled to finally get the recipe. D.N. Boca Raton, FL

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
Delicious, but takes a while to make. Hopefully it lasts in the fridge for a couple of days.

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This recipe was a good base (though I omitted the parmesan cheese). Another reviewer mentioned missing ingredients... I found another copycat recipe and I fused it to this recipe. This recipe lacks peanut-- I added a teaspoon or so of peanut butter and a dash of soy sauce as well as a splash of sesame seed oil and brown sugar. If you tweek this recipe and add those ingredients you should find yourself a very close match.

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REVIEW: 4 star recipe rating
It is fine as a dressing but it is not the same as the original. The flavor and texture is different than the original Cheesecake Factory Lime Dressing. This recipe is not as thick and it is missing something. I have tried several different things, but I can't figure out what is different. Wish someone figured it out.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe was delicious. The dressing is the perfect combination of tastes. The dressing along with the mixture of salad ingredients makes this recipe, EXCELLENT!

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This recipe is awesome! I made it for my sisters baby shower. I used it as dressing on a side salad, and it paired perfectly with the Chicken Enchiladas. I used powedered Ginger instead of fresh, and added about 2 more cloves of garlic. It was perfect! So gourmet! Then, I joined it with Guacamole, and it made a perfect topping for the enchiladas. Everyone wants this recipe. Yum!!!

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