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Spinach, Ham, & Melon Salad

Makes: 4  servings Start to Finish 30 mins


  • 1/2 of a small cantaloupe
  • 7 cups  torn fresh spinach
  • 1 cup  cubed cooked lean ham
  • 1/2 cup  pecan halves, toasted
  • 1/2 of a medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup  Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing


1. Use a melon baller to scoop out the cantaloupe pulp into balls.

2. In a large bowl toss together cantaloupe balls, spinach, ham, pecans, and red onion slices. Pour dressing over salad. Toss lightly to coat.

Orange-Poppy Seed Dressing

Yield: 3/4 cup


  • 3 tablespoons  sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons  finely shredded orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons  orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons  vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon  finely chopped onion
  • Dash pepper
  • 1/3 cup  salad oil
  • 1 teaspoon  poppy seed


1. In a food processor bowl or blender container, combine sugar, orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, onion, and pepper. Cover and process or blend until combined. With processor or blender running, slowly add oil in a steady stream through hole or opening in top. Process or blend until mixture is thickened. Stir in poppy seed. Cover and chill for up to 1 week. Shake well before using. Makes about 3/4 cup.

From FitnessMagazine.com