Light and Fresh Decor with Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

If you’re looking for a summertime salad, light and fresh, try my Chicken Melon Salad Bowls, serving them right in the rings of melon!

Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

Sometimes you have to say good-bye to restaurant crowds and long waits, and just settle back into your own backyard. We do that quite a bit, even though we live in the city, as we feel that our backyard is like a park.

I agree, that having a space that is comfortable for guests really does help with hospitality. Even though it’s not essential, creating an environment helps settle in and relax, with the people that you are with.

This time of year in Oregon gets really hot, with temperatures creeping up to the 100s. So when a few friends came over to enjoy our pool and sit on our back patio, I whipped up this delicious chicken salad – in melon bowls – for everyone to indulge in.

Oh, and this time of year I love taking herbs or plants from the garden, and getting creative with our outside decor.

I’ve learned to not reserve my decorative efforts solely for the tabletop, especially for casual entertaining when we may be sitting and eating around the pool, but to think of how I can dress up the backyard in different ways.

Light and Fresh Decor with Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

Instead of a usual flower arrangement, this time I chose dill from the herb bed, adding it to hanging baskets.

A delicious, light summer meal.

Chicken, Melon and Basil Salad Bowls

Mixed together with chicken and fresh basil.

Chicken, Melon and Basil Salad Bowls

Scoop out the melons.

Chicken, Melon and Basil Salad Bowls

Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

A nice finishing touch of ambience.

Light and Fresh Decor with Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

Now that says summertime with a Capital S!

Do you stress over entertaining in the summer, or do you keep it light and fresh?

Yield: 8 servings

Prep Time: Chicken Melon Salad Bowls

Makes 8 large salads. Regular toasted pecans taste yummy, too. You can make your own dressing or use a bottled dressing, but NO dressing is just as delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 2 small watermelon
  • 2 small cantaloupe
  • 2 lime
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Gorgonzola cheese
  • Spicy Pecans (I buy at Trader Joe’s)
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped (+8 leaves for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup Sweet Onion Poppyseed Dressing (or your favorite sweet dressing) - optional

Directions:

  1. Cut the melons in half, removing all seeds. Using a melon baller or small cookie dough scoop, carve out balls of melon and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the melon, chicken, onion, cheese, basil, and nuts. Squeeze the fresh lime over the mixture.
  3. If using a light dressing, such as a sweet (poppyseed) dressing, lightly toss it around the ingredients.
  4. Fill the melon bowls with the chicken mixture, garnishing with fresh basil. Serve!

   

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5 Responses to “Light and Fresh Decor with Chicken Melon Salad Bowls”

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — July 3, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    We are getting closer to melon season here and we always have the cute small melons at our farmers market. Perfect for this recipe!!

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    naomi — July 3, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Love the melon serving bowls! So fun and a great way to upcycle for the day! :)

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    Debi B — July 4, 2014 @ 9:59 am

    We live in Texas now but I’m originally from Wisconsin. When we have friends over in the summer we make beer brats on the grill (Johnsonville, Wisconsin company) and serve them with Bush’s baked beans (a Wisconsin company) and potato salad. Can you tell I am proud of my home state?

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    Donna@MoreThanHungry — July 8, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    Great post. Love the photo & idea of using fresh dill in an arrangement.

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    Maggie Unzueta — July 11, 2014 @ 6:10 am

    What a great idea to use the melon as a bowl. Love it!

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