Arugula, Chicken & Melon Salad with Sumac Dressing

Sweet and savory find harmony in this salad dotted with ripe melon and tossed in a lemony dressing. Melon balls are so adorable but making them leaves some fruit behind—whir up those leftovers into a smoothie.

Arugula, Chicken & Melon Salad with Sumac Dressing
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • ¼ cup lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon ground sumac (see Tip), plus more for garnish

  • 1 teaspoon honey

  • 1 clove garlic, grated

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 5 ounces baby arugula (8 cups)

  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast (about 12 ounces)

  • 2 cups cantaloupe balls (from 1 small melon)

  • 4 ounces feta cheese, preferably sheep's-milk, crumbled

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn

  • ¼ cup pine nuts, toasted


  1. Whisk lemon juice, sumac, honey, garlic and salt in a large bowl. Gradually whisk in oil until combined. Add arugula, chicken, melon, feta and mint. Toss to coat with the dressing. Sprinkle with pine nuts and garnish with additional sumac, if desired.


Melon baller


Sumac comes from the tart red berries of the Mediterranean sumac bush. It adds sour, fruity flavor and a pop of color to this dressing. Find it in the spice section of well-stocked grocery stores or online.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

453 Calories
29g Fat
15g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 453
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 33g 66%
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Vitamin A 4908IU 98%
Sodium 489mg 21%
Potassium 959mg 20%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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