Healthy Options at The Cheesecake Factory

Healthier menu items, from their Skinnylicious menu and beyond.

The Cheesecake Factory isn’t just about cheesecake; its full menu includes breakfast brunches, small plate apps, and some of the most glorious specialty items.

The Cheesecake Factory sign

Dishes like the Shepards Pie and Factory Famous Meatloaf are comfort foods that are simply not matched by other restaurants. It’s easy to wonder what healthy items are at The Cheesecake Factory?

When friends want to go out, it can be hard to keep a good diet and eat healthily. It’s even more complicated when the Cheesecake Factory comes up as the meeting place.

Luckily, there are more than enough options that are delicious and mindful. Plus, it’s easy to find great items with the help of their ‘SkinnyLicious’ menu. 

The health-conscious menu provides a guided view of their options with calories and fat in mind.

While there are many great items in the ‘SkinnyLicious’ menu, there’s plenty more on the menu worth a second glance. There are even options for dessert, totally guilt-free, should the occasion call for it!

Here’s how you can eat only healthy items at The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory Healthy Options

Check out these healthy Cheesecake Factory menu items if you’re looking to enjoy your meal without excessive calories.

Skinnylicious Turkey and Avocado Sandwich

When eating healthy, a few foods instantly spring to mind. When thinking of healthy food, Turkey and avocado are usually the first few ingredients I imagine.

That’s why The Cheesecake Factory’s Skinnylicious Turkey and Avocado Sandwich is a perfect option for lunch! 

The Turkey and Avocado Sandwich is stacked high with fresh roasted deli turkey, smoked bacon, and of course, juicy tomato.

I particularly enjoy the salad that comes on the side, it’s much lighter than fries or chips, and it keeps the whole meal to 550 calories and 26 grams of fat. 

Grilled Steak Medallions

For dinner, all I can think about is meat and potatoes. That’s why the Grilled Steak Medallions are a perfect entree.

Four grilled medallions are placed on top of mashed potatoes and topped with a delicious crouton crusting.

I love the selection of veggies, shiitake mushrooms, and asparagus pair well with the steak, and the Madeira wine sauce is to die for!

This steak dish is one of the healthiest on the menu, with only 440 calories and 36 grams of fat. These grilled steak medallions are a great healthy item for lunch or dinner.  

Lemon Garlic Shrimp

Seafood is usually an excellent option for eating healthy. At The Cheesecake Factory, the Lemon Garlic Shrimp is one of the tastiest seafood dishes.

It also happens to be one of the most nutritional items at The Cheesecake Factory. Sitting at 550 calories and 21 grams of fat, the Lemon Garlic Shrimp is guilt-free!

To make this wonderful dish, The Cheesecake Factory pairs grilled shrimp with angel hair pasta and asparagus, and it is equal parts delicious and mindful.  

Mexican Tortilla Salad

I’m here to warn you against salads at The Cheesecake Factory. Plenty of unhealthy ingredients push the calorie counts of most salads to well over 1000.

There’s one salad that I can and will recommend – the Mexican Tortilla Salad. 

Mixed greens, grilled chicken, black beans, and corn combine with a flavorful vinaigrette and tortilla strips for a perfect tortilla salad.

It, by far, is the tastiest salad on the menu and is the healthiest at 570 calories and 24 grams of fat. 

SkinnyLicious Asian Chicken Salad

Ok, maybe I lied a little; there’s another great salad on the menu, the SkinnyLicious Asian Chicken Salad.

Packed with flavor, chicken, wontons, and rice noodles, the Asian Chicken Salad is one of my favorite mid-day options, especially if I’m expecting a big dinner!

As another healthy item at The Cheesecake Factory, the SkinnyLicious Asian Chicken salad sits at 590 calories and only 24 grams of fat. Plus, you get a whole load of your daily veggies; what more could you want? 

Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon

There are few healthier items on Earth than Salmon. It has an excellent combination of nutrients and fats that make it perfect for pretty much every diet.

At The Cheesecake Factory, the Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon is ideal for getting healthy protein and Omega-3s.

Plus, grilled is just the way to go. I prefer it grilled to sauteed, and with an assortment of veggies, I have no complaints about this dish.

It helps that it’s only 590 calories and 36 grams of fat. It’s usually a tough decision between the Grilled Salmon and the Lemon Garlic Shrimp.

Tuscan Chicken

The Tuscan Chicken is an excellent alternative to the Grilled Salmon.

The grilled chicken sits over farro and a blend of mouthwatering veggies.

The Tuscan Chicken dish is Mediterranean goodness, and it’s one of the healthiest items at The Cheesecake Factory. 

As one of the healthiest, it has only 590 calories and 21 grams of fat. Plus, it pairs great with the Skinnylicious Red Sangria, which only adds 120 calories to your meal. 

Skinnylicious Soft Tacos

Who says tacos can’t be healthy? Not The Cheesecake factory, that’s for sure.

There are actually two types of soft tacos that are among the healthiest on the menu. The chicken tacos come with a zesty chicken, pico, and avocado.

And of course, they come on corn tortillas because that’s the only way you can have tacos!

The shrimp tacos come stuffed with avocado, tomatoes, and fresh crema. They’re both served with a side salad, which is a perfect compliment.

Both tacos ring in at 510 calories, but the chicken tacos are one gram of fat, more at 15 grams. 

Skinnylicious Chicken Pasta

Pasta is usually a no-go for those of us on diets, but at The Cheesecake Factory, you can have chicken pasta and not feel guilty!

Sauteed chicken joins penne noodles in a fresh tomato sauce that’s simply amazing.

This fantastic dish is excellent for lunch or dinner, and I often enjoy it for both. It’s simply surprising how good this pasta is, and it’s healthy!

Further, the Skinnylicious Chicken Pasta has only 590 calories and 21 grams of fat.  

Healthy Options at The Cheesecake Factory

  1. Skinnylicious Turkey and Avocado Sandwich
  2. Grilled Steak Medallions
  3. Lemon Garlic Shrimp
  4. Mexican Tortilla Salad
  5. SkinnyLicious Asian Chicken Salad
  6. Skinnylicious Grilled Salmon
  7. Tuscan Chicken
  8. Skinnylicious Soft Tacos
  9. Skinnylicious Chicken Pasta

Final Thoughts

Eating healthy can seem impossible when heading out to The Cheesecake Factory. It’s far from impossible, and the menu has plenty of flavorful items that satisfy the belly and won’t leave you feeling guilty. 

Healthy items at The Cheesecake Factory aren’t just for lunch, either. You can’t go wrong with any selection; from the Tuscan Chicken to the Mexican Tortilla Salad, it’s easy to find something mindful and flavorful.

Many locations are open for all three meals, which means a healthy meal is always possible. The Cheesecake Factory even offers brunch on the weekends!

If you’re looking for other accommodations from The Cheesecake Factory, check out the gluten free items they offer or Cheesecake Factory’s vegan menu.

Finally, I like to treat myself to the Skinnylicious Cheesecake with strawberries for dessert. It feels sinful, yet I can enjoy it worry-free since it doesn’t have any sugar. After all, what good would be going out to The Cheesecake Factory if you can’t have cheesecake? 

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Written by Ryan F.

Ryan is a local foodie who enjoys checking out the area's restaurant scene every chance he can. Ryan also enjoys traveling and checking out local eateries in every city he visits.