Cheesecake Factory's Santa Fe Chicken Salad


Cheesecake Factory's Santa Fe Chicken Salad

Lime dressing adds a cool zest to this Tex-Mex inspired marinated chicken dish. This copycat recipe serves twelve; prepare it for your next outdoor dinner party!


Lime Dressing

1/2 teaspoon lime zest

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon snipped cilantro

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/2 cup olive oil

Process until thick.


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  • 6 chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup teriyaki marinade
  • 16 cups romaine and leaf lettuce
  • 1 cup cilantro
  • 2 15 ounce cans of black beans, rinsed
  • 2 cans of whole kernel corn, drained
  • 3 cups jack cheese, grated
  • 3 cups toasted corn tortilla strips
  • 3 cups diced seeded tomatoes


  1. Marinate chicken 1 hour in teriyaki marinade.
  2. Broil and baste chicken approximately 15 minutes; cool, then cut into bite size pieces or shred.
  3. Tear greens; add cilantro and 1 cup each of beans and corn. Dress with Lime Dressing (see notes).

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I am a big salad eater. I don't know if this would serve 12 at my house. We are not big corn eaters though. Swap all or some of them for some chopped peppers and maybe olives and onions. I love fresh cilantro. The lime and cilantro dressing is refreshing.

were the cheesecake part lol

Hello?? Look at the picture of the recipe and read the ingredients!! The picture does not go with the recipe!!!

The picture has breaded chicken, mandarin oranges & pecans. The recipe calls for black beans, corn, tortilla chips etc.....yep, wrong picture!


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