Copycat Cheesecake Factory “Santa Fe” Cilantro-Lime Dressing | Oil-Free, Gluten-Free

During my pre-vegan days this was most fave salad dressing and bread dipping sauce bar none!

In my humble opinion if you’re not using fresh ingredients it’s probably not worth making. Just sayin’ 😉


• 3 large garlic gloves, peeled

• 1” piece fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped

• 2 bunches cilantro, rinsed, drained and most of the stalk ends trimmed

• 1/2 cup fresh lime juice

• 2 tsp wine vinegar

• 1/4 tsp ground cumin

• 3/4 tsp salt

• 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

• 1 tbsp date syrup

• 1/2 cup nutritional yeast

• 1/2 cup natural peanut butter OR 3/4 cup peanut flour

• 1 ripe haas avocado, peeled and seeded

• 3/4 cup water (+ 1/4 cup if using peanut flour


1. Add all ingredients — EXCEPT CILANTRO — to high powered blender and process until smooth

2. Add cilantro and pulse until blended to your liking. The Cheesecake Factory makes their dressings from scratch daily, and as such the consistency varies from day to day and location to location. The dressing shown was processed a bit more than I prefer. Make yours how you like it best.


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