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Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad

Smoked chicken and cantaloupe salad
Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

My dad has never been much of a food guy. I still remember his go-to comfort dish when I was a kid was something he called "bread soup," which, if I recall correctly, consisted of torn-up white bread soaked in ... Read more

Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 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

Step 1In 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.

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

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

Step 4Add 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.

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.

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