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Chicken Salad in Honeydew Photo: Brenda C. Hill

Here is a simple summer salad in it’s own bowl. I enjoy the fresh, crunchy tastes as well as the presentation.

Chicken Honeydew Salad

Ingredients – serves two hearty appetites.

!/3 cup mayonnaise.

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon

1 -1/4 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chopped or shredded

1/3 cups chopped pecans

1 cup small melon balls

1 -2 green onions sliced.

salt and pepper


Lightly toss all ingredients together.

Place in hollowed out melon bowl.


Toasting the pecans and adding them on top improves the crunch.

I have not yet tried this salad with other melons, but I will use cantaloupe next.

For more color try adding dried cranberries or green and red grapes.

I use light (Hellman’s) mayo for this one.

Prepare extra chicken the night before and chill. I find broiling or roasting, grill or oven, gives it more flavor than poaching.

If served with a crisp white wine, this becomes an elegant lunch or first course for dinner.

Best of all, no clean up, just toss the natural bowl. Great for a picnic or patio, keep chilled.