Luau Salad Premium PD Recipe

There are a dozen copycat recipes of this indulgent wonton-stacked entrée salad with tropical Asian flare from the Cheesecake Factory restaurant. Protective Diet has the exclusive slimmed-down, oil-free, sugar-free, plant-based recipe, including all the layered textures and flavors that gave this salad a fan club following. Keep it simple with the essential ingredients or prepare perfect copycat components in advance for a dinner-party-worthy salad.

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Essential Ingredients:

Optional Ingredients:

  • PD Chopped Nutz, optional – PA
  • PD Cutlets, optional – PA
  • 1 cup green beans, blanched or steamed using the pressure cooking vegetable recipe and chilled in ice water – PA
  • Green onion or chive granish (see notes for curled julienne option)


  1. Read all directions and notes
  2. Ingredients followed by “PA” (Prep Ahead) can be made the day before or in advance for later in the week
  3. Start by making the PA ingredients
  4. Fresh veggies can be chopped in advance (I prefer chopping them when the Wonton Crisps are baking the day I’m having the salad
  5. Get ready to make the Luau Salad, then make the Wonton Crisps
  6. While Wontons bake, slice, julienne or diced bell pepper, mango, onion, cucumber, and carrot and set aside
  7. In a large mixing bowl, add half of the prepared vegetables, along with a couple of cups of leafy greens and any chosen optional ingredients such as green beans, green onions or chives, and/or sliced cutlets; toss evenly with Asian Vinaigrette
  8. Layer high onto two plates
  9. Spread a generous layer of Sweet & Sour Duck Sauce onto the top of each Wonton Crisp; place one on each salad; sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and optional PD Chopped Nutz
    Add remaining prepared vegetables, more greens, optional ingredients (green beans, green onions or chives, sliced cutlets) into mixing bowl; toss evenly with Asian Vinaigrette and layer high on top of dressed Wonton Crisp
  10. Place a second Wonton Crisp with Sweet & Sour Duck Sauce on top and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and optional Chopped Nutz
  11. Garnish with julienne carrots and optional green onion or chives
  12. Be proud of your delicious protective masterpiece and take a photo to share on Protective Diet Living.

Notes & Pro Tips:

  • To prepare a curled carrot or green onion garnish: Julienne slice and refrigerate in ice water until curled
  • For best results, bake one batch of Wonton Crisps at a time
  • For best flavor, do not brown Wonton Crisps
  • The optional ingredients add interest to this salad and are included to make this a perfect copy of the original
  • This salad is still spectacular using only the essential ingredients
  • I hadn’t made the PD cutlets in a long time and surprised myself with how easy they are to assemble and how much they resemble chicken breast
  • I’m planning to make PD Cutlets more frequently to impress my friends during dinner parties
  • On every visit to The Cheesecake Factory restaurant, I ordered this salad. I loved it so much I couldn’t order one of the other hundred entree choices
  • It is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten; keep in mind I’m an entrée salad lover
  • Please comment below if you would enjoy more entrée salad recipes

Serving Suggestions:

  • Perfect dinner party entrée salad with prep ahead components
  • I could eat this salad every day, if I had all the components prepped ahead and ready to toss and layer


  1. This is absolutely my new all-time favorite salad! I never had the Cheesecake Factory version, but Julie’s PD version would be worthy to be served at Cheesecake Factory for $16.00! The combination of the asian vinaigrette and duck sauce is so good, and the crispy wontons send it over the top. I would proudly serve this salad to non-PD people. With a little advanced planning on your SUS day this salad comes together very quickly.