A couple of days ago I shared a copycat recipe for Cheesecake Factory’s chicken bellagio dish. That particular meal was one that I wanted to try at the restaurant but never had. Today I’m sharing another one of their dishes, but one that I had many times before. Cheesecake Factory’s luau salad was my first and still favorite salad offered on their menu. Now, this salad is no ordinary salad, no sir. Instead of simply mixing salad greens with chicken and vegetables, this salad is stacked with crispily fried wonton wrappers. These wonton wrappers aren’t just fried either, they are brushed with a sweet chili sauce and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Stack those sweet crisps with mango, chicken, peppers, and macadamia nuts and I promise you, you’ll be going back for more!
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Whenever I order this salad at the Cheesecake Factory, the server always asks if I want the wontons broken or whole. Like I mentioned before, this is no ordinary salad so some might find it odd to find layers of egg roll wrappers in the salad. All you have to do is just dive right in and break into the crispy wrappers; trust me the salad tastes better than it looks!
When preparing the egg roll wrappers, make sure to keep an eye on them while frying. They will continue to darken even after removed from the oil, so fry just until golden brown.
For the sweet and sour sauce, I used the same sauce I used for my avocado egg rolls. Brush the sauce on the fried egg roll wrappers and sprinkle sesame seeds on top. The crisps are best consumed the same day since they do get soft the following day.
For the balsamic dressing I chose to use my soy balsamic vinaigrette as the base. Blend together all of the ingredients except the canola oil. Slowly drizzle in the canola oil while the blender is on, emulsifying the mixture. Set aside.
Cheesecake Factory uses a mesclun mix that includes radicchio, arugula, and other greens but I chose baby spinach as my greens. Even though it may not be exactly as the Cheesecake Factory version, this variation is still just as delicious. The crisp wontons are key to the luau salad and the mango, chicken, peppers, nuts, and cucumber doesn’t hurt either. Luckily for me, I made enough of this salad to last me all week!
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