(Copy-Cat) Cheesecake Factory® Santa Fe Salad Dressing Made Skinny

At Cheesecake Factory, this dressing has always been my absolute favorite! The blend of the peanut butter, lime, cilantro, and a little sesame oil is amazing!  They serve it with their Santa Fe Salad but it’s wonderful on many different salads, as a dip or drizzled over steamed or roasted veggies. Recently, I went to work to create a lightened-up version. Mission accomplished! My skinny version is over-the-top delicious and so rich-tasting!!!
Cheesecake’s dressing is very fattening but my skinny version is much lower in calories and fat. Instead of the base being pure oil, I used my skinny ranch as the base and it works great. I can’t wait for you to try it!  Each tablespoon has 63 calories, 4 grams of fat and 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 2 Green. Such a power dressing a little goes a long way.

Prep Time: 10 minutes


½ cup fresh cilantro leaves (stems removed), lightly packed

⅓ cup peanut butter (I used no salt, chunky)

3 cloves garlic, peeled

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons sesame oil

¼-½ teaspoon Sriracha hot sauce or your favorite hot sauce, to taste

1 cup Skinny Ranch Dressing


1. In a blender, add all the ingredients, except the ranch dressing. Blend until smooth.
Pour into a small bowl. Be sure to use a rubber spatula to scrape down all the sides and add to bowl. Stir in ranch dressing and mix well to thoroughly combine.

2. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should keep about 1 week.

Makes 1½ cups

Food Fact
Cheesecake Factory sells its Cheesecake Factory® Santa Fe Salad Dressing in their restaurants.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints 2-Green
WW Points Plus 2

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 tablespoon
63 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 1g chol, 2g prot, 4g carb, 1g fiber, 69mg sod, 2g sugar

If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!