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RECIPE: Cheesecake Factory Luau Salad

The Cheesecake Factory just emailed us about their new Luau Salad. Wow, we thought: just what we’re in the mood for. It’s a more glamorous variation of a Chinese chicken salad, substituting mango for mandarin orange segments.

Alas, The Cheesecake Factory has no locations in New York City, where we live. So we did the next best thing: We made our own Luau Salad. Here are the ingredients:

  • Strips of grilled chicken breast
  • Mixed greens
  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Green onions (scallions), chopped, including the green tops
  • Red and yellow bell peppers, diced
  • Lightly-steamed green beans
  • Shredded carrots
  • Sliced mango
  • Water chestnuts (not part of the original recipe, but we love them)
  • Crisp wontons
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Sesame seeds
  • Vinaigrette*
    The Luau Salad from The Cheesecake
    Factory. Photo courtesy The Cheesecake

    1. WONTONS. We used fried wonton strips that we had on hand from Chinese takeout. Next time, we’ll buy wonton wrappers and fry and season them.

    2. HEAT oil to 375 F°, slide in the wrappers and deep-fry until golden brown, turning to brown evenly. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds while warm.

    3. PRESS the seeds into the wrappers. Store-bought wonton wrappers are round, not square like the custom-made wrapper in the photo. But if you want a platform on which to layer the salad, you can substitute lavasch flatbread with sesame seeds.

    4. LAYER the salad as shown in the photo. Enjoy!


    *We used 2.5 parts olive oil, .5 part sesame oil and 1 part apple cider vinegar.


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