Melon Salad with Ginger Dressing Recipe

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With a hint of honey, the cool, creamy dressing complements the colorful melon and tender chicken. Family and friends will be happy to see it on your table again and again.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • SALAD:
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls
  • 2 cups honeydew balls
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Lettuce leaves, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 282 calories, 19g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 301mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; cover and chill. In a large covered saucepan, simmer chicken in apple juice, water and peppercorns for 20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear. Discard broth; allow chicken to cool. Slice into thin strips and place in a large bowl. Add celery, melon balls and parsley. Serve on a bed of lettuce if desired. Drizzle with dressing. Yield: 6-8 servings.
Originally published as Melon Salad with Ginger Dressing in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p13

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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