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Warm Duck Salad

Warm Duck Salad
PREP TIME
5 min
COOK TIME
20 min
YIELDS
4 - 6 servings

2006, Barefoot Contessa at Home, All Rights Reserved.

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Ingredients

2
boneless duck breasts, skin on (about 12 to 14 oz each)
Kosher salt
1
Tbsp minced shallots
2 ½
Tbsp good sherry vinegar
1
tsp grated orange zest
½
cup good olive oil
3
heads Belgian endive
3
oz mache or other delicate baby lettuce
Navel oranges, peeled, cut in half and sliced
½
pt fresh raspberries
1
cup toasted whole pecan halves
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Directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Step 2

Place the duck breasts on a sheet pan, skin side up. Sprinkle with salt and roast for about 20 minutes, until medium-rare. Remove from the oven, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and discard the fat and skin on top (unless you’re making cracklings), slice the duck, and then cut the slices crosswise into julienned pieces.

Step 3

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the shallots, sherry vinegar, orange zest, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt. Whisk in the olive oil and set aside.

Step 4

For the salad, trim the bottom half-inch from the endive and cut them diagonally into 1/2-inch slices. Separate the leaves and discard the cores. Place the slices in a large salad bowl. Add the mache leaves, oranges, raspberries, and toasted pecans. Toss with enough dressing to moisten. Gently toss in the warm duck meat and serve immediately.

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