The Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad dressing is a cilantro-based salad dressing used in the Santa Fe Chicken Salad. You can recreate this famous salad dressing at home.
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One of my favorite things to get at the Cheesecake Factory is the Santa Fe Salad. I just love the cilantro-lime dressing that adds a perfect refreshing zest to this Tex-Mex inspired dish.
So, if you’ve had the Santa Fe Salad at the Cheesecake Factory and wished you could make the dressing at home, this copycat salad dressing recipe is for you.
Santa Fe Salad Dressing is a delicious way to add a lot of punch to even the most basic salad. Chockfull of fresh ingredients such as cilantro, garlic, ginger, lime juice, vinegar, and spices, it beats anything you can find on the store shelves, hands down.
If you prefer a salad dressing that is really flavor-forward, you will love this Santa Fe Salad Dressing inspired by the version served at The Cheesecake Factory.
There are no hard and fast rules about the ingredients in a Santa Fe Salad Dressing. You can find recipes that use thyme instead of cilantro or even versions that resemble ranch dressing with buttermilk and mayonnaise on the list of ingredients.
But this recipe resembles (and dare I say, improves on) the original The Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad Dressing recipe. The secret to why this salad dressing tastes so much better is the freshness and quality of the ingredients, so always choose the highest quality you can find.
To make Santa Fe Salad Dressing, you will need:
Feel free to customize this Cheesecake Factory salad dressing recipe. Here are a few suggestions you may want to try:
A food processor is your best option for making this dressing, but you can also use a blender. Just be aware that blenders tend to purée ingredients much finer than food processors and heat them.
Use the PULSE option on a blender to break up the solid ingredients. Then transfer them to a bowl to finish making the dressing using a hand whisk.
Fresh ginger has a wonderful taste and can enhance many savory and sweet dishes. Its versatility means that it can be found in a variety of recipes.
Ginger is also widely believed to have many health benefits, so a cup of hot ginger tea with lemon and honey might be the perfect pick-me-up if you’re under the weather.
There are several methods for peeling and mincing fresh ginger – click on this link to read about them.
To make the Santa Fe Salad the way the restaurant serves it:
Keep the salad dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Try to use the Santa Fe Dressing within three days to prevent the cilantro from turning brown and the garlic from overpowering the dressing.
This salad dressing makes an excellent marinade for chicken, or go ahead and use it as a sauce for grilled chicken or a firm white fish such as tilapia, Atlantic cod, and sole. It is perfect for adding extra zip to fish or chicken tacos!
Did you love the Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad dressing or maybe you only go to the Cheesecake Factory for their irresistible cheesecake?
Or, maybe you are hungry for more copycat Cheesecake Factory recipes? If so, let me know which ones.
And, I would love to hear what your favorite Cheesecake Factory recipe is – drop me a line in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out more of my homemade salad dressing recipes and the best copycat restaurant recipes.
Thanks to dsign4you for sharing this salad recipe.
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