A friend recently brought me two smoked duck breasts and told me to make salads with them. Not being someone who often cooks with duck, I hopped on to Epicurious.com to find a salad recipe that used smoked duck breast. The recipe I found called for a mix of winter greens that were somewhat unfamiliar to me. I was surprised to find that not only were these greens available, they were beautiful and in-season. The market I visited had a number of beautiful chicories that I blindly grabbed and decided to figure out what to do with when I got home. After turning to the bible that is Chez Panisse Vegetables, I identified my purple chicories as Rossa di Treviso and Rossa di Verona. I also picked up some Belgian endive, frisée, and watercress.
- 1/3 cup fresh tangerine juice or orange juice
- 1/4 cup walnut oil or extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 5 tangerines or 3 oranges
- 3 heads of Belgian endive, trimmed, thinly sliced crosswise
- 3 cups bite-size pieces frisée lettuce
- 3 cups bite-size pieces radicchio
- 1 bunch watercress, thick stems trimmed
- 4 ounces smoked duck breast* or smoked turkey breast, cut into thin strips
- 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
- 2/3 cup walnut halves, toasted
- 1/3 cup fresh pomegranate seeds
Whisk first 9 ingredients in small bowl until well blended. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Bring to room temperature and whisk before using.)
If using tangerines, remove peel; separate into segments. If using oranges, cut off peel and white pith; cut between membranes to release segments into bowl. Toss endive, frisée, radicchio, and watercress in large bowl with enough dressing to coat.
Divide salad among 8 plates. Top each with smoked duck, onion rings, and tangerine or orange segments. Sprinkle with walnuts and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with some of remaining dressing.