Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Grilled Duck Salad with Goats Cheese & Cranberries

I'm back! I've finally gotten used to my new kitchen (namely: not burning things) and now it's time for summer fun! First up is a salad that is sure to impress. Duck works so well in a salad as the slightly fatty meat contrasts so well with the tartness of a dressing, the pepperiness of greens, and the rich saltiness of the goats cheese. Don't be phased by cooking duck; by following some simple rules it's very easy to cook. The name of the game is to render out the fat without making the meat tough: your best weapon here is a stove and oven.

Ingredients (Serves 1 as main)

  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 1 duck breast
  • 1/4 cup goats feta
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberries
  • 3 small tomatoes
  • 2 inches cucumber
  • Salt and pepper


Preheat oven to 180 degrees
Score the skin of the duck in 1/2 in cross pattern, being careful not to cut into the flesh of the duck

Heat a frying pan over low/medium heat
Place the duck in the pan, skin down, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the fat has rendered out of the skin

Turn over and sear the other side for 1 minute

Transfer to the oven and bake for 8 minutes
Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.

Cut the cucumber and tomatoes into 1/2cm thick discs

Place the cucumber, crumbled feta, tomatoes and cranberries in a bowl.

In a small container, whisk the olive oil and orange juice with a pinch of salt and pepper

Pour over the salad mix and toss well.
Plate the salad and then top with the slice duck pieces.


  1. this looks like a truly fantastic meal and I suspect you could even get away with calling it the healthy option.

  2. thanks MrBunnyChow :) Healthy is in the eye of the beholder! If it's got salad in the name it's healthy enough for me!



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