Recipe courtesy of Fran Thomas

Smoked Duck and Scallop Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 30 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 -ounce white wine

3 ounces sherry vinegar

2 ounces olive oil

Salt and pepper

Fried Leeks:

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 egg

Vegetable oil, as needed

2 ounces leeks, cleaned and cut into strips

Flour, as needed


2 cloves garlic, roasted and minced

1 teaspoon minced shallots

1 pinch cracked black pepper

1/2 cup sherry vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil


2 bunches watercress, stemmed

2 skinless and boneless duck breasts

3 ounces fresh scallops

1 ounce pecans, roasted and roughly chopped

2 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into wedges


  1. Prepare the vinaigrette dressing by whisking all of the ingredients together and reserve under refrigeration until needed.
  2. Prepare the fried leeks by mixing the buttermilk and egg in a small bowl. Fill a large pot 1/2 full with vegetable oil and heat to 375 degrees F. Dip leeks in mixture and then dredge in flour, shaking off excess. Deep-fry the leeks until they are crisp and golden brown. Degrease the fried leeks on absorbent paper towels and reserve in a warm place until needed.
  3. Prepare a stovetop smoker.
  4. Prepare the marinade by combining ingredients in a large bowl. Separate into 2 small bowls. Add duck breast to 1 bowl, turning to coat evenly. Marinate for 5 minutes.
  5. Place the duck in a smoker for 5 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  6. Rub scallops with marinade from second bowl. Preheat grill. Grill the duck breast for 10 minutes, turning to cook evenly. Add scallops during the last 3 minutes of cooking.
  7. Place the cleaned, stemmed watercress in a bowl and toss it with 3/4 of the dressing. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  8. Mound the watercress in the center of a chilled salad plate. Slice the duck breast and lay it on top of the mound. At the base of the mound, place 3 grilled scallops in a triangular formation. Garnish the salad by sprinkling it with roasted pecans and arranging cheese wedges. Top with fried leeks.
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