Fresh Melon Chicken Salad Recipe - Delicious and Healthy

Fresh Melon Chicken Salad

Fresh Melon Chicken Salad Recipe - Delicious and Healthy
Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 4


Fresh Melon Chicken Salad
Fresh Melon Chicken Salad

Fresh Melon Chicken Salad is a delightful and refreshing dish that combines the savory flavors of chicken with the sweetness of fresh melons and strawberries. This salad is perfect for a light lunch or as a side dish for a summer barbecue.


This recipe is a modern twist on the classic chicken salad, which has been a popular dish for centuries. The addition of fresh melons and strawberries adds a unique and delicious flavor to the traditional recipe.


How to prepare

  1. Boil the chicken broth and add the rice. Cook until the rice is tender and fluffy.
  2. In a small jar, combine the honey, yogurt, and mayonnaise. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 24 hours to enhance the flavor.
  3. When you are ready to serve, combine the cooked chicken, rice, fruits, and dressing.
  4. Serve the mixture on lettuce leaves with crisp crackers or in toasted pita pockets.


  • Substitute the chicken with grilled shrimp or tofu for a different protein option.
  • Add in other fruits such as grapes or blueberries for a different flavor profile.
  • Mix in some chopped nuts or seeds for added crunch and texture.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to cook the rice until it is tender and fluffy to ensure the perfect texture for the salad.

- Refrigerating the dressing for at least 30 minutes allows the flavors to meld together and enhances the overall taste of the salad.

- Serving the salad on lettuce leaves or in toasted pita pockets adds a nice crunch and presentation to the dish.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Fresh Melon Chicken Salad on a bed of lettuce leaves with crisp crackers or in toasted pita pockets for a complete and satisfying meal.

Cooking Techniques

Boil the chicken broth and rice separately to ensure the rice cooks evenly and does not become mushy.

- Be sure to dice the fruits into small, bite-sized pieces for easy eating and a nice presentation.

Ingredient Substitutions

Use Greek yogurt instead of regular yogurt for a thicker and tangier dressing.

- Substitute the honey with maple syrup or agave nectar for a vegan option.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dressing and cook the rice ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

- The salad can be assembled up to a day in advance, but wait to add the dressing until just before serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Fresh Melon Chicken Salad in a hollowed-out melon half for a fun and creative presentation. - Garnish the salad with fresh herbs such as mint or basil for a pop of color and flavor.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair this salad with a crisp white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a light and refreshing beer like a wheat ale.

- Serve the salad alongside grilled vegetables or a side of quinoa for a complete and balanced meal.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

- To reheat, gently warm the salad in the microwave or on the stovetop until just heated through, being careful not to overcook the chicken.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving



- Total Carbohydrates: 25g

- Dietary Fiber: 2g

- Sugars: 10g


- Total Fat: 10g

- Saturated Fat: 2g

- Trans Fat: 0g


- Protein: 15g

Vitamins and minerals

Vitamin A: 20% DV

- Vitamin C: 30% DV

- Calcium: 10% DV

- Iron: 8% DV


Contains dairy (yogurt and mayonnaise)


This Fresh Melon Chicken Salad is a balanced meal that provides a good source of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. It is a nutritious and delicious option for a light and satisfying meal.


Fresh Melon Chicken Salad is a delicious and nutritious dish that is perfect for a light and refreshing meal. With a balance of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats, this salad is a satisfying option for any occasion. Enjoy the sweet and savory flavors of this salad with the added crunch of fresh fruits and vegetables.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was drawn to it like a magnet. It was a warm summer day, the kind of day where the sun was shining brightly and a gentle breeze was blowing through the trees. I was at a potluck picnic with some friends, and one of them had brought a dish that caught my eye - Fresh Melon Chicken Salad.

I had never seen anything quite like it before. The combination of juicy melon, tender chicken, and crisp vegetables seemed like the perfect summer meal. I asked my friend for the recipe, and she was more than happy to share it with me.

As she went through the ingredients and instructions, I listened with rapt attention. She explained how she had learned to make the salad from her own grandmother, who had picked it up from a friend many years ago. It was a recipe that had been passed down through the generations, each cook adding their own twist to make it their own.

I couldn't wait to try making it myself. The next day, I went out to the market to pick up all the ingredients I would need. I selected a ripe melon, a plump chicken breast, and some fresh herbs and vegetables to round out the dish. Back in my kitchen, I set to work, chopping, mixing, and assembling the salad with care.

The scent of the melon and chicken mingled in the air, creating a tantalizing aroma that made my mouth water. I couldn't wait to take my first bite. When I finally sat down to eat, the flavors exploded in my mouth - the sweetness of the melon, the savory chicken, the crunch of the vegetables. It was a perfect balance of tastes and textures that left me wanting more.

I made the salad for every picnic, potluck, and family gathering from then on. It became my signature dish, the one that people would always request when they invited me over. I loved sharing the recipe with anyone who asked, passing on the tradition of Fresh Melon Chicken Salad to a new generation.

Over the years, I have made some changes to the original recipe, adding my own personal touch to make it uniquely mine. I experimented with different types of melons, varying the herbs and spices, even trying different types of protein like shrimp or tofu. Each variation brought something new and exciting to the dish, keeping it fresh and interesting.

One day, as I was making the salad for a family reunion, my own granddaughter asked me to teach her how to make it. I was overjoyed at the chance to pass on the recipe to her, to share the tradition that had brought me so much joy over the years.

Together, we chopped, mixed, and assembled the salad, just as I had done with my friend so many years ago. The kitchen was filled with laughter and chatter as we worked side by side, the scent of melon and chicken wafting through the air. When we finally sat down to eat, my granddaughter took her first bite and her eyes lit up with delight.

"This is amazing, Grandma!" she exclaimed. "I can't wait to make it for my friends."

I smiled, knowing that the tradition of Fresh Melon Chicken Salad would continue on, passed down from one generation to the next. It was more than just a recipe - it was a connection to the past, a way to share memories and stories with loved ones. And as I watched my granddaughter savoring her meal, I knew that the recipe would live on for many more years to come.


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