Crispy Duck Salad with Bitter Orange Vinaigrette

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 to 2 pounds packaged duck breast -- ask at your meat counter -- if the market does not carry duck breast year round, it can usually be ordered for you

1 sack mixed baby greens

1 head frissee greens -- look for very lightly colored frissee

3 scallions, thinly sliced on an angle

1 shallot, finely chopped

3 tablespoons sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar, eyeball it

2 tablespoons orange marmalade

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil -- eyeball it

Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Score fat and skin on duck breasts. Place duck breast skin side down in a large cold skillet with a heat safe handle. Put skillet on stove and turn burner on to moderate heat. Cook breasts 5 to 8 minutes, turning once the skin crisps and most of the fat is rendered. Place the skillet in the oven and cook another 9 to 12 minutes. Meat should be pink at center.
  3. Arrange greens on individual plates or 1 large platter. Arrange frissee and scallions on bed of baby greens.
  4. Combine shallots, vinegar and marmalade. Let stand 10 minutes. Whisk in extra-virgin olive oil.
  5. Slice duck breast and serve 6 to 8 ounces per person, arranging the sliced duck on the salad. Grilled or sauteed chicken or pork is delicious with this dressing as well. Pour dressing evenly over duck and salad.
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