Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad Dressing

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.

a salad with homemade Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe dressing

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.

This is another homemade, fresh-tasting, salad dressing to add to your salad dressing repertoire. Ginger, lots of cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of cumin makes for a zesty dressing for southwest-style salads.

Garlic gives the dressing an extra bite, which is mellowed by the sweetness of the honey. This dressing will definitely be a new favorite of yours.


Here’s a list of what you need:

  • Garlic
  • Fresh ginger
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Fresh lime juice
  • Wine vinegar
  • Ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • Honey
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • Canola oil
  • Olive oil
ingredients for homemade salad dressing, lime, cilantro, ginger and more

How to Peel and Mince Fresh Ginger

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.

How to Make Santa Fe Salad Dressing

  1. Drop garlic cloves and ginger through the feed tube of a food processor while the motor is on. Continue processing until garlic and ginger are minced well.
  2. Add the cilantro and process until finely chopped.
    chopped cilantro in a food processor bowl
  3. Add spices, lime juice, vinegar, honey, and parmesan cheese. Process until well mixed.
  4. With the motor running, slowly pour the oil through the feed tube. Let process one more minute.

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

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.

copycat Cheesecake factory santa fe salad dressing on a salad

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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.

A salad made with a cilantro salad dressing like the Cheesecake factory

Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad Dressing

Make the Cheesecake Factory Santa Fe Salad Dressing from scratch.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cheesecake Factory Recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 300kcal


  • 3 tablespoons garlic
  • 1 tablespoon packed minced fresh ginger (see instructions)
  • 2 bunches cilantro , (rinsed well, most of stalk ends trimmed off) finely chopped (see Instructions) (about 1 cup loosely packed)
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


  • I use a food processor. If you do not have one you will need to mince the garlic, ginger and cilantro before adding in the spices, lemon juice, honey, vinegar and cheese. Whisk in the oil so it is emulsified into the dressing. Food processor instructions: Drop garlic cloves and ginger through the feed tube 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. Enjoy!   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.


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 255IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 0.3mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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      • Lori

        5 stars
        Using this recipe as a starting point I made an oil-free vegan version *with* peanut butter and OMG it is DELISH! I’m thrilled to be able to enjoy my former fave dressing while maintaining my plant-based lifestyle choices. Yay!!

  1. Joyce. Boerman

    We were at your Tucson restaurant Thurs night and shared the Sante Fe chicken salad, My husband said it was the best salad he ever had. I agree. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Kelly

    5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight and it was very delicious. I used only one bunch of cilantro and it was enough for me. I used EVOO for the oil. Will definitely make it again.

  3. Andre

    Thanks for all the effort and hard work you put into this website! When you say 2 bunches of cilantro, the one I buy at the grocery store are pretty big, I would say the size of a soft ball, should I use 2??? I am afraid it will overpower! Thanks! Andre

  4. Tappy

    I eyeball everything, I don’t measure because you can taste the ingredients once they are mixed together.
    This by far the best copykat. 🙂

  5. Sandra

    Delish! My cilantro bunches were pretty large, so I only used one. I was out of ginger so I used 2 tbs of crystallized ginger instead. Thanks for the recipe

  6. Rhonda

    I have looked on here but cant find the recipe for the spicy peanut dressing form The Cheesecake Factory can anyone help me??

  7. Sarah

    I tried it and it came out super good but my only question is what is meant by 2 2 bunches cilantro, I used about 1 cup but it was ok, can u give me the exact amout of cilantro plz!!

  8. Elizabeth

    Does anyone know the recipe for the Caesar Salad dressing from Cheesecake Factory? I love it! It’s super garlicky and spicy…

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