Smoked-Duck Salad with Walnuts and Raspberries


Traditional southwestern French flavors—meaty duck breasts, duck cracklings, toasted walnuts and nut oil—pair with sweet, tangy raspberries and slightly bitter frisée to make this completely original salad. Slideshow: Main-Course Salads 

Smoked-Duck Salad with Walnuts and Raspberries
Photo: © Lucas Allen
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1/2 pound smoked duck breast—skin and fat removed and reserved, breast thinly sliced crosswise

  • 1/2 cup walnuts

  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 small shallot, very finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons walnut oil

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • 6 ounces frisée lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces (6 cups)

  • 3 cups packed torn Boston lettuce

  • 1 cup raspberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the duck skin and fat in a pie plate and bake for about 15 minutes, until crisp. Drain on paper towels, then break into pieces.

  2. Meanwhile, spread the walnuts in a pie plate and toast for 8 minutes; coarsely chop.

  3. In a large bowl, mix the vinegar with the mustard and shallot. Gradually whisk in the walnut and vegetable oils. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add the frisée, Boston lettuce and walnuts and toss to coat. Top the salad with the raspberries, sliced duck breast and cracklings and serve.

Suggested Pairing

Pour a lightly fruity Bordeaux rosé with this salad.

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