Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – get the flavors of summer any time of year with this colorful array of flavors bound together with a creamy BBQ Ranch dressing. by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

  • Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – get the flavors of summer any time of year with this colorful array of flavors bound together with a creamy BBQ Ranch dressing.

Last week my husband called me from work and offered to go for dinner to Cheesecake Factory. It’s kind of a drive from where we live, but we absolutely love their BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad, so sometimes we make the drive just for that. We usually order 1 salad and split it between the two of us and our daughter (their portions are HUGE) and then share one entree. But no    matter what we order for an entree we must have this salad first. Somehow the fresh lettuce, tomatoes, corn, beans, the avocado and the BBQ chicken all tossed together with the creamy BBQ dressing just work so amazing that if there was no one around we would probably lick our plates clean. Unfortunately, just half an hour after the initial call my husband called me again and said that something came up at work, so we can’t go out that night :(.

What a sad night it was going to be for me. I was really looking forward to that salad. Determined to have the salad no matter what, I opened my fridge scanned it for the right ingredients, then went to my pantry got a couple cans and decided to make my own BBQ Chicken Salad at home. Man, oh man. It was so, so good that I made it at home several times more after that. I replaced the deep fried onion rings with chopped scallions because I am not a fan of the deep fried onion rings anyway, plus it wouldn’t fit with the whole trying to eat better after binging over the holidays thing.

Knowing that my sister loves this salad just as much, I made a bowl and sent it up to her house (she lives almost next door). Couple minutes later she texted me asking if this was leftovers from Cheesecake Factory or did I really make that salad myself. She knew that I wouldn’t give her leftovers, so this was just her way of saying that it tasted exactly like theirs! You should have seen the grin on my face :D. I love it when stuff works!

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 heart of Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 – 3/4 chicken breast, or 2-3 chicken tenders, cooked in a hot pan with some oil until well browned and cooked through
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes or baby tomatoes cut in half
  • 1/2 cup corn, canned, drained
  • 1/2 cup black beans, drained, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion (not pictured).
  • 1/2 avocado

For the BBQ Ranch

  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream or buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning (dry)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – get the flavors of summer any time of year with this colorful array of flavors bound together with a creamy BBQ Ranch dressing. by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

Method:

1. Chop the romaine lettuce, green onion and the tomatoes.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – get the flavors of summer any time of year with this colorful array of flavors bound together with a creamy BBQ Ranch dressing. by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

2. Stir all the ingredients for the dressing together.

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad – get the flavors of summer any time of year with this colorful array of flavors bound together with a creamy BBQ Ranch dressing. by LetTheBakingBeginBlog.com | @Letthebakingbgn

3. For best visual presentation, place the chopped lettuce on the bottom of the bowl, then place the chopped chicken (you can toss it with some BBQ sauce before putting on top of the salad), beans, corn & the tomatoes in 4 mounts. Split half an avocado into 4 sections lengthwise, peel the skin off and discard it. Put 1 piece of avocado between each section. Next put the chopped scallions in the center between the 4 mounts. Drizzle dressing all over the salad. Stir everything together before eating. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

Bon Appetite!

Copycat Cheesecake Factory BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad

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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: American
Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • 1 heart of Romaine lettuce
  • ½ - ¾ chicken breast, or 2-3 chicken tenders, cooked in a hot pan with some oil until well browned and cooked through
  • ½ cup diced tomatoes or baby tomatoes cut in half
  • ½ cup corn, canned, drained
  • ½ cup black beans, drained, rinsed
  • ½ cup chopped green onion (not pictured).
  • ½ avocado

For the BBQ Ranch

  • 1 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream or buttermilk
  • 1 Tbsp BBQ sauce
  • 2 tsp lemon juice or white vinegar
  • 2 tsp ranch seasoning (dry)
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Chop the romaine lettuce, green onion and the tomatoes.
  2. Stir all the ingredients for the dressing together.
  3. For best visual presentation, place the chopped lettuce on the bottom of the bowl, then place the chopped chicken (you can toss it with some BBQ sauce before putting on top of the salad), beans, corn & the tomatoes in 4 mounts. Split half an avocado into 4 sections lengthwise, peel the skin off and discard it. Put 1 piece of avocado between each section. Next put the chopped scallions in the center between the 4 mounts. Drizzle dressing all over the salad. Stir everything together before eating. Check for seasoning and add more salt if needed.

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  • Natasha

    Wow Marina! Looking at this salad is making me drool!!! I’m totally making it tomorrow for dinner or lunch or maybe both! My hubby is not a big fan of Cheesecake Factory so I’ve never had that salad. Maybe we gotta give it another chance;) thank you for sharing your awesome creations! Btw hour cakes are gorgeous!

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    • Thank you Natasha, you’re very sweet!

      Even though Cheesecake factory is a chain restaurant, whenever we go there everything we order is really good, so definitely give it another chance 🙂

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  • Lana

    That salad looks absolutely scrumptious! Definitely something I need to try at home. By the way if you ever have another craving for a BBQ chicken salad, Panera Bread also has a fabulous one.

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    • Thanks for the lead Lana! I was at Panera’s bread only once (the closest one to me is at the mall and I don’t visit the mall very often) and whatever I had there was really good, so I trust that if they have a BBQ chicken salad it also must be good. I’ll be at the mall tomorrow… hmmm..

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  • Made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it. I think my favorite part was the dressing! Thanks for a great recipe!

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  • Valentina

    I made this the other night and we loved it! My hubby requested it again today so I will be making it for dinner. I will be trying it with pinto beans today instead of black beans.. and for the chicken we season it with johnny salt and mix in some mayo and grill it adding some bbq sauce on it afterwards. Thanks for such a great recipe!

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    • Hi Valentina, I’m happy to hear that your husband liked this salad 🙂 BBQing chicken sounds like a great idea!

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  • Marty

    This has become one of my family’s favorites. I make it about every 2-3 weeks. And….it’s pretty healthy with all those vegies. We love it! 🙂

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    • Marty

      Forgot to mention-I add Durkee onion rings on top to give it a crispness and to make it more like Cheessecake Factory’s recipe. Yummy!

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  • Dominique Chicoye

    Hi, the recipe sounds wonderful. But it would of been great to see a picture of the finished dish.

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    • Hi Dominique,
      The last picture of the post is the picture of the finished dish 🙂 You mix it at the table right before you eat it.

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  • It looks so delicious and so easy to make.
    I am going to cook it tomorrow.
    Thank You for this recipe!

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  • Viviane

    I realy love these recipes. I am surely going to give a try.
    Viviane

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