Do you do Cheesecake Factory? It’s the mecca of girls’ nights out in my world, and I pretty much order the Skinnylicious Factory Chopped salad almost every time. Guys, I can’t quit it. And I knew that I wanted to be able to create a copycat Factory Chopped Salad at home–because it’s just too good.

Copycat Factory Chopped Salad

I know some people like to knock the Cheesecake Factory because it’s got TOO big of a menu, it can’t possibly be good at any of it. And I know it’s a chain, and chains aren’t cool. But I’m a fan! I think they do a pretty solid job on most dishes. And they just happen to offer like ninety-seven of them. And no this isn’t sponsored… but it’s sounding like it so let’s move on.

Why I love the Factory Chopped Salad:

It’s really so simple. Like the first time I got it, I was totally disappointed because I’m more of a dark green kind of girl… and I want ALL THE THINGS. This looked kind of simple and pale and then a few bites in, I was HOOKED. So fresh and crunchy… and if you’re a blue cheese lover, the combo of that strong pungent cheese and creamy avocado, with the sweet apples and corn, salty bacon, and vinaigrette– it’s perfect.

And one of the best parts? LIGHT. Even at the Cheesecake Factory, it’s light! So I knew it’d be an easy one to keep macro-friendly at home. And this way I get to decide where I’d like my calories to go, more avocado? More cheese? More toppings on my nightly shake?


Oh and per usual, it scores high for my TSE (Time spent eating) which you know is imperative for me. I’m always gonna be a fan of food I can eat out of a giant bowl for A WHILE.

What You’ll Need for this Copycat Factory Chopped Salad:

  • Romaine chopped small
  • Pre-cooked bacon crumbled
  • Reduced fat blue cheese (I buy the Treasure Cave brand.)
  • Avocado, diced
  • Cherry tomatoes halved (70 g)
  • Apples, diced
  • Corn 30 g
  • Grilled chicken (like this one here)
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)
  • 1.5 tbs of your favorite sweet vinegar. I can’t get enough of this Baker and Olive Peach Vinegar. Or you can whisk a little honey into a champagne or white balsamic vinegar.

How to Make Copycat Factory Chopped Salad:

This hardly needs instructions–just simply toss it together, and voilà, you have the perfect salad to enjoy for lunch or dinner!

The recipe below is meant for only one person, but it is really big. So just know if you want to make this for your family, then adjust the quantities accordingly.

Is this Salad Gluten-Free and Dairy-free?

This salad is gluten-free if you make it as directed. For dairy, you either have to leave out the blue cheese crumbles or replace the cheese with one of your dairy-free favorites. You can find my favorite dairy-free cheese alternatives here.

Copycat Factory Chopped Salad

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Copycat Factory Chopped Salad

This salad is the best, and you can’t convince me otherwise. I know that not everyone loves Cheesecake Factory, but this salad is one of my faves. And now I can eat it at home with even better macros. Such a win.

When it comes to eating salads, I like them to be HUGE, delicious, filling, and light, and this Copycat Factory Chopped Salad checks all the boxes. If you try it, make sure to tell me what you think in the comments below.

If you’re wanting more salads like this one, make sure to follow along on my Instagram where I share what I’m eating every day. Or, you can check out one of my many cookbooks that are full of nutritious, macro-balanced food that actually tastes good!

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Copycat Factory Chopped Salad

My STAPLE dish at Cheesecake Factory. It doesn’t make me feel like a foodie, because it’s pretty simple, but I can’t get enough! Fresh and crunchy and addicting. So now I make it at home!
Author Lillie
Course Salad
Cuisine Fresh
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 377 kcal


  • 2 cups romaine chopped small
  • 1 slice precooked bacon crumbled
  • 1/2 oz 15 g reduced fat blue cheese (I buy the Treasure Cave brand.)
  • 1 oz 28 g avocado, diced
  • Handful of cherry tomatoes halved (70 g)
  • 1/4 cup 30 g apples, diced
  • Small handful of corn 30 g
  • 3.5 oz 100 g grilled chicken (like this favorite we like to prep for the week) for lots of other meals in the Lillie Eats and Tells Cookbook.
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • Fresh parsley chopped (optional)
  • 1.5 tbs of your favorite sweet vinegar I'm OBSESSED with this peach one from Baker and Olive. Or you can whisk a little honey into a champaign or white balsamic vinegar.


  • Just toss it all together and enjoy!


For tracking purposes, just like all of the recipes in my cookbooks, this has been pre-logged into My Fitness Pal. Just search, from your diary, for “Lillie Eats and Tells Copy Cat Factory Chopped Salad”. 


Calories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 38.7gFat: 13.9gSodium: 653mgFiber: 6g
Keywords apple, blue cheese, chicken, copy cat, corn, factory chopped, romaine, salad, Tomato

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Hello. My name is Lillie. I’m not a registered dietitian, or a macro coach, or a public figure or culinary genius. I’m a mommy of four who FOUND macro-counting and fell in love with this balanced approach to food...

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  1. Made this today it was easy to prep ahead of time so I am not cooking during the witching hour with kids and it was delicious! My 7 year old who would usually eat parts of the salad wanted to try the whole salad lettuce and all. Thanks for the recipe