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The Cheesecake Factory's SkinnyLicious Mexican Tortilla Salad

Salads don't have to be boring! This loaded salad has all of the tasty trimmings you could desire without putting you...

Mexican Tortilla Salad

Salads don't have to be boring! This loaded salad has all of the tasty trimmings you could desire without putting you over the day's calorie count. That, of course, just means more room for dessert!


This recipe is courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory.

Serves: 1 portion (The exact calorie count will vary depending upon the specific ingredients used.) We freshly prepare our dressings and sauces in each of our restaurants, but you can find good quality substitutions in most supermarkets and specialty stores. Excellent recipes can also be found in various cookbooks.


  • 1 fried corn tortilla (6 inches)
  • 1 chicken breast (4 ounces)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cilantro dressing
  • 1/2 Ounce tomatillo salsa verde
  • 1 Ounce black beans, cooked
  • 3 Ounces romaine lettuce, sliced, 1/4 inch
  • 2 Ounces green cabbage, sliced 1/8 inch
  • 1 Ounce red cabbage, sliced 1/8 inch
  • 1 Ounce baby lettuce mix
  • 2 Ounces fresh corn, grilled
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 Ounce green onions, chopped
  • 3 Ounces French mustard vinaigrette
  • 1 Tablespoon avocado cream sauce (optional)
  • 1 -1/2 teaspoons sour cream
  • 1/4 Ounce crispy tortilla strips


Season the chicken breast (on both sides) with equal amounts of salt and pepper. Place the chicken onto a grill (or into a sauté pan with a little oil) and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until the chicken is done.

Slice the chicken breast into 1/4-inch pieces and toss together with a little cilantro dressing.

Ladle a little tomatillo salsa verde into the serving bowl. Place the crispy tortilla into the bowl and on top of the salsa verde. Spoon the black beans onto the tortilla. Place the chicken on top of the tortilla, covering the beans completely. 

Place the romaine hearts, sliced green and red cabbages, baby lettuce mix, grilled corn, cilantro leaves and chopped green onions into the mixing bowl. Ladle the French mustard vinaigrette into the mixing bowl and toss all of the ingredients together, until evenly coated with the dressing.

Place the salad mixture on top of the tortilla, mounding it as tall as possible.

Drizzle the avocado cream sauce (optional) and sour cream over the salad.

Sprinkle the pico de gallo around the bottom edge of the salad. Mound the tortilla strips on top (centered) of the salad.