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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008


Recipe Summary

15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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 Facts

254 calories; protein 20.5g 41% DV; carbohydrates 18.4g 6% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 4g 16% DV; sugars 12g; fat 10.9g 17% DV; saturated fat 3.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 55.1mg 18% DV; vitamin a iu 9479.6IU 190% DV; vitamin c 45.6mg 76% DV; folate 30.2mcg 8% DV; calcium 153.6mg 15% DV; iron 2mg 11% DV; magnesium 90.7mg 32% DV; potassium 371.5mg 10% DV; sodium 321.6mg 13% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV; added sugar 4g.

Reviews (10)

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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 3 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 1 stars
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????????????????????? Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved the flavors! Only problem was that the recipe doesn't tell you how much sugar to add. I missed it in the dressing until after I'd tossed in the salad. In a pinch I added some liquid Stevia to sweeten it. Helped but I hope the recipe gets corrected so the right sugar measurement is there. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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. Read More