Chicken & Fruit Salad

Chicken & Fruit Salad

10 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine July/August 2008

Chicken, melon, walnuts and feta top mixed salad greens for a refreshing summer salad. Use your favorite summer fruit in place of the melon if you wish.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons fruit-flavored vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 2 cups sliced cooked chicken breast, (see Tip)
  • 2 cups chopped melon, such as cantaloupe and/or honeydew
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese


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  1. Whisk sour cream, vinegar, sugar, poppy seeds, salt and pepper in a large bowl until smooth. Reserve 1/4 cup of the dressing in a small bowl. Add the mixed greens to the large bowl and toss to coat. Divide among 4 plates and top with chicken, melon, walnuts and feta. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon of the reserved dressing.
  • Tips: To poach chicken breast: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • To toast chopped or sliced nuts, heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat. Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 1/2 cups greens, 1/2 cup each chicken & melon, 1 Tbsp. each feta & nuts
  • Per serving: 254 calories; 11 g fat(4 g sat); 4 g fiber; 18 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 30 mcg folate; 55 mg cholesterol; 12 g sugars; 4 g added sugars; 9480 IU vitamin A; 46 mg vitamin C; 154 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 322 mg sodium; 371 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (140% daily value), Vitamin C (50% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 vegetable, 2 lean meat, 2 fat

Reviews 10

January 11, 2015
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By: amrehagen
Nice Light Summer Salad I made a few minor replacements in these recipe. Used Greek yogurt in place of sour cream, pecans instead of walnuts, and apple cider vinegar (instead of say, raspberry vinegar or similar). Didn't find the dressing too tart at all. In fact, with the added sugar it's too sweet, so I would say the poppy seeds and a good-tasting vinegar are enough. Overall, I liked the flavor combo of the sweet dressing, melons, nuts, and feta. The chicken is a bit of an after-thought, though it adds protein and makes the salad more filling. Good for summer. Pros: Quick and easy to prepare, Good flavor Cons: Too sweet
December 30, 2014
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By: EatingWell User
Delicious and filling! I used White Raspberry Balsamic and it came out great! And Purdue Shortcuts Carved Chicken Breast. The Chicken is very tasty and so easy. Pros: Very east to make
September 21, 2014
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By: aprilkling
Going into my permanent repertoire Tip: skip the sugar entirely! It's still super delicious without it! My husband asked me to make him this salad again a few days later, and I happily obliged. A great way to start off the 28-day plan, and a great recipe all-around. Will be bringing it to potlucks. Yes, it's that good. Pros: scrumptious dressing
April 07, 2014
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By: chefamanda578
WAY too vinegary!! I really liked this salad, but the dressing was super tart, due to all the vinegar. I actually made it a second time and cut the vinegar in half--so much better! Pros: Light, fresh Cons: Way too much vinegar
February 05, 2014
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By: vanlent.denise
Delicious satisfying lunch Really really enjoyed the combination of everything in this salad and that dressing adds a special touch. It is super satisfying as lunch due to all the little extras Pros: delicious packed with flavour Cons: none
June 13, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great summer meal! We eat this kind of meal often during the summer in AZ. This recipe is easy to modify by using leftover grilled chicken, tofu or salmon. I just make more on the weekend and use it (or freeze it) for an easy weekday meal. I also vary the fruit- this is especially good with berries. Pros: Delicious, easy, flexible recipe Cons: None
March 24, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
SUGAR in this recipe!!!! I am SO disappointed to read that you need sugar in this recipe. You may as well use mayo, b/c sugar is AWFUL for you AND not diabetes appropriate. So disapointed Pros: No Mayo Cons: SUGAR?????????????????????
November 02, 2011
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By: EatingWell User
This is amazing! I love to eat chicken. I've been trying all recipes that involves chicken and I can say, this is one of those that I want almost everyday. You may also try my homemade chicken broth recipes at
July 29, 2010
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By: amyincolorado
A light and refreshing summertime meal. Swapped the melon for apple and used apple-cider vinegar and it was great. We enjoyed the dressing so much, I made another batch for a salad later in the week. A keeper recipe.