Cantaloupe Chicken Salad for Four Recipe
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Cantaloupe Chicken Salad for Four Recipe

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For a refreshing meal, Shirley Leister fixes this simple chicken salad with sweet cantaloupe. For a different presentation, the West Chester, Pennsylvania cook arranges the melon like flower petals on a lettuce-lined plate, then mounds the salad in the center.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 celery ribs, sliced
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons diced pimientos
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small cantaloupe
  • Lettuce leaves
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; stir well. Cut cantaloupe in half; discard seeds. Cut into 1-in.-wide wedges; peel. Place cantaloupe on four lettuce-lined plates; sprinkle with lemon juice. Serve chicken salad alongside melon. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cantaloupe Chicken Salad in Quick Cooking July/August 2004, p19

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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JennTats 147770
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2013

"This salad was very refreshing and even tasted better the next day. I didn't change the recipe in any way other than adding a few more items. I omitted the lettuce for broccoli slaw mix. I added about a 1/2 lb. of seedless red grapes cut length wise as well as a half cup of chopped walnuts. I also added 1 tsp. of Worcester sauce to the mayo mix for an added flavor. I have used both chicken and salad shrimp both taste great! Thanks."

nelda h. till 83955
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"Very good!!. And so pretty. Did the presentation with the cantaloupe like flower petals, sliced 3 strawberries in fan shape, and sprinkled with toasted almonds. I'm sure it would get raves at pot luck dinners."

Twich 58898
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2009

"Fast, easy and tasty summer meal!"

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