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Copycat Earl’s Santa Fe Salad

Copycat Earl's Santa Fe Salad - The Kitchen Magpie

This salad has been on my mind for a while now, ever since I tried the Santa Fe Salad at Earl’s restaurant about two weeks ago. The salad was the ending to a busy but lovely evening of shopping with my children for birthday presents for Mr Magpie.

We went to THE MALL.

I’m sure every city has THE MALL, but here in Edmonton we are (or perhaps used to be?) famous for West Edmonton Mall.

We locals don’t usually shop there unless we need a plethora of stores to choose from. Which, in my language, meant that I had no idea what to get Mike for his birthday and I needed to wander a place that had a bazillion choices for me.

So off to THE MALL we went, right after school one Tuesday evening. By the time we had found comic t-shirts (he’s so easy to please) and new ear phones for his trip (which he  *ahem* left at home during his trip to Amsterdam) and assorted other goodies, we were starving like feral wolverines.

We rarely eat at Earls seeing how there is no kids menu and my daughter is a picky eater. Actually,change the rarely to never. I haven’t eaten there in years.

Copycat Earl's Santa Fe Salad - The Kitchen Magpie

The salad caught my eye right away, I love a good Sante Fe salad but this one, oh, this one had dates init. Immediately my sweet/savoury loving taste buds perked right up with interest and sealed the deal.

While this isn’t an exact copy – I changed the chicken to a Tex Mex spice instead of cajun and the dressing is less oily/garlicky- the base is there. I preferred my creamy avocado dressing to the peanut oil type one they have on it and I left out the tortilla chips. It was far less greasy this way, the one in the restaurant is almost too.. oily. KWIM?

You can change the chicken to Cajun spiced if you want, but I loved the Tex Mex.

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Copycat Earl's Santa Fe Salad - The Kitchen Magpie

I also left the goat cheese off of my salad as I wanted it completely dairy free, but Mike’s had the goat cheese and it’s a spectacular addition flavor-wise. This salad is so adaptable to your tastes!

Thanks for stopping in everyone!

Love you more than chocolate,

Karlynn

 

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Copycat Earl’s Santa Fe Salad


  • Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Category: Salad

Description

My version of the Earl’s restaurant Sante Fe salad. Who knew that dates could be so delicious along with Tex Mex?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of black beans
  • 1 cup of corn
  • 1/3 cup of chopped dates
  • 6 cups of shredded romaine lettuce
  • 5-6 tbsp of my Homemade Honey Lime & Garlic Avocado Dressing
  • 2 cooked chicken breasts seasoned with Tex Mex Seasoning
  • 1 avocado chopped and divided into two
  • 1/3 cup goat cheese
  • 1 cup of tortilla chip strips or broken tortillas (optional I prefer without)

Instructions

  1. Combine beans, corn, dates, lettuce and dressing in a large bowl. Divide onto two plates.
  2. Slice the chicken breast into strips and place on top of salad.
  3. Place avocado on top.
  4. Sprinkle goat cheese and tortilla strips on top.
  5. Serving with a little extra dressing drizzled over the chicken breast.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2

Nutritional information is only an estimate. Actual nutritional numbers will vary due to cooking methods, your ingredient measurements and brands of products used.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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24 Comments

  • Reply
    Sophie Amelia
    April 17, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    My favorite too!

  • Reply
    Christine Syrota Doraty
    August 3, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Trying this!

  • Reply
    Diane Smitten
    August 2, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Love this salad. Always Yum.

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    Kendyl Hudson
    January 9, 2015 at 12:31 am

    It wasn’t bad, but I really need to invest in some type of blender/food processor. (Just moved into my own place, AGAIN). Was a pretty accurate copycat tho!

  • Reply
    Karlynn Johnston
    January 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

    How did it taste!!?? What did you think?

  • Reply
    Kendyl Hudson
    January 8, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    My attempt!

  • Reply
    Jane Dowdall Miska
    January 8, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Looks so delish!!

  • Reply
    Sheila Hintz
    January 8, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Looks awesome!!!

  • Reply
    Kristy Jahn-Smith
    January 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

    That is literally my favorite salad. I’m an addict. Good post.

  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    January 8, 2015 at 1:32 am

    How do you know me….. Kidding

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 8, 2015 at 1:22 am

    Oh Lordy no one wants to be a middle aged woman who drinks too much hahaha! Wait…

  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    January 8, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Tasted amazing!

  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    January 8, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I’m trying to be you lol… My photos suck though.

  • Reply
    Pamela Marriott
    January 8, 2015 at 12:42 am

    lol

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    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 8, 2015 at 12:40 am

    That looks fabulous! Gorgeous job on dinner!

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 8, 2015 at 12:39 am

    A salad without meat is called “lettuce”, silly! 😉

  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    January 8, 2015 at 12:24 am

    Crustless quiche and did a side salad … Yummy

  • Reply
    Holly Nicole
    January 8, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I couldn’t add your personal page … My dinner to night Karlynn… Thought you would be so proud of me \U0001f60b

  • Reply
    Pamela Marriott
    January 8, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Not sure if meat is included you can call it a salad…..lol but it looks yummy

  • Reply
    Kendyl Hudson
    January 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Love it, and thanks for the recipe! I always found the chicken over cooked at Earls, so now I can make it better!

  • Reply
    Joy Vieira Velozo
    January 7, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    So jealous! I had 6 Hershey kisses for lunch… All I got was a sugar rush.

  • Reply
    The Kitchen Magpie
    January 7, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    This is the date one!! Sooo good!

  • Reply
    Kendyl Hudson
    January 7, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    Love their salad, especially the corn, black beans and dates (I think)

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    Librarian Lavender
    May 17, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    That salad looks delicious and healthy! I bet it tasted a lot better than the mall salad! I love salads and am glad summer’s almost here so I can eat plenty of them again.

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