Duck, Rice, Mushroom and Orange Salad

The tender meat of duck is perfect in this nutrient-dense salad.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”30min” cook_time=”15min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]
In this attractive salad, full-flavored shiitake and Swiss brown mushrooms are combined with slices of tender grilled duck, juicy orange segments, crunchy water chestnuts and rice, with a fresh ginger and honey dressing.

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 1/2 cup (250 g) basmati and wild rice, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 4 ½ oz. fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 8-oz. can water chestnuts, drained and sliced
  • 1 pound boneless duck breasts, skinned
  • 4 ½ oz. Swiss brown mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 oz.s lamb’s lettuce or baby salad leaves



[ingredients-list title=”Ginger and Honey Dressing” serving_size=””]

  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest and 1 tablespoon orange juice (from 1 of the oranges)
  • 1 ounce fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard


  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 11/2 tablespoons walnut oil
  • 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar


[step-list-wrapper title=”Instructions” time=”45 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cook the rice in a saucepan of boiling water for 12–15 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until tender. Drain, then transfer to a large bowl. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Meanwhile, heat a cast-iron, ridged grill pan. Brush the duck breasts on both sides with 2 teaspoons of the vegetable oil, then cook over a medium heat for 3 minutes on each side, or longer for medium or well-done. (If you don’t have a ridged grill pan, cook the duck under a medium grill.) Transfer the duck to a board and leave to cool. Brush the pan with half of the remaining oil and add half the mushrooms. Cook for 3–5 minutes until tender, turning occasionally. Remove and set aside, then repeat with the remaining oil and mushrooms. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Grate 1/2 teaspoon of zest from 1 of the oranges and set aside for the dressing. Cut away all the peel and pith from the 3 oranges, then, cutting between and close to the membranes, remove the segments, holding the fruit over a bowl to catch the juices. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the juice for the dressing. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”4″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Cut the pomegranate in half and carefully remove the seeds, leaving the pith behind. Add half the pomegranate seeds to the rice with the orange segments, mushrooms, water chestnuts and lamb’s lettuce or salad leaves. [/step-item]

[step-item number=”5″ image_url=”” title=”” ]To make the dressing, whisk together the orange zest and juice, ginger, mustard, honey and walnut oil in a small bowl. Season to taste. Add 1 tablespoon of dressing to the rice mixture, toss well, then transfer to a serving platter. Thinly slice the duck and arrange over the rice. Drizzle with the remaining dressing and sprinkle with the remaining pomegranate seeds just before serving.[/step-item][/step-list-wrapper]

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