Recipe: Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad

Recipe: Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad
Smoked chicken and cantaloupe balance each other well in this salad. The finishing touch is cracked pepper. Recipe: Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)
Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Note: Whole smoked chickens are available at some fancy grocery stores and delis. If you can't find a whole smoked chicken, use a rotisserie chicken instead.

1 tablespoon minced shallots

2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar

1/2 pound shredded smoked chicken

3/4 pound diced cantaloupe

1 tablespoon oil

Pinch of salt

2 ounces (4 generous cups) torn arugula

Freshly ground black pepper

1. In a small bowl, combine the shallots and the vinegar, and set aside to steep for at least 5 minutes while you're preparing the rest of the ingredients.

2. Combine the chicken and the cantaloupe in a serving bowl, and set aside until ready to serve.

3. When ready to serve, whisk the oil into the vinegar mixture to make a smooth emulsion. Season with a pinch of salt.

4. Add the arugula to the chicken and cantaloupe. Pour dressing over the mixture and stir gently to ensure that everything is evenly coated. Finish with a good grinding of freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Each serving: 161 calories; 15 grams protein; 9 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 7 grams fat; 1 gram saturated fat; 43 mg cholesterol; 7 grams sugar; 96 mg sodium.