Summer Duck and Wild Berry Salad

They say “a party never started with a salad,” but clearly they weren’t talking about our Summer Duck and Wild Berry Salad. This salad would be a great first course for your upcoming Labor Day Party. Our favorite thing about this recipe are all the fresh fruits and veggies we’ve incorporated in it. We went berry picking at Spencer Farms to get the fresh berries that we use in the dressing and on the plate. We also recommend searching for local duck and farmer’s cheese to support your local farming communities as well as adding fresh flavor to your salad.

 

Duck Breast Marinade

½ Cup – Soy Sauce

¼ Cup – Wild Flower Honey

¼ Cup – Brown Sugar

2 Tblsp – Garlic

½ tsp – Cracked Black Pepper

Pinch – Salt

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Place duck breast in the marinade for 2 hours

Berry Salad Dressing

1 cup – Assorted Berries

8 oz – Canola Oil

4 oz – Red Wine Vinegar

3 Tblsp – Orange Juice

2 Tblsp – Dijon Mustard

1 tsp – Orange Zest

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a blender, combine assorted berries and red wine vinegar. We used blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, but you could use other seasonal fresh berries if you wish.  Puree until smooth, although there will be some seeds.

Pour the berry puree into a mixing bowl and add orange zest, orange juice, and Dijon mustard. Whisk to combine. Once smooth, continue whisking while adding canola oil. The dressing will be smooth with a pourable consistency.

Duck Breast

Take the marinated duck breast and put it in a hot pan for 3-4 minutes to sear it. Flip and sear for another 3-4 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 125 °F

Salad

Salad Greens

Duck – Marinated, Seared, and Sliced

Valencia Orange – peeled, and sliced

Wild Berries

Farmer’s Cheese

Golden Gooseberries

Yellow Baby Tomatoes

Fried Wonton Wrappers

On a plate, lay down a bed of salad greens, and place the sliced duck and sliced oranges adjacent to the salad bed. Place berries, golden gooseberries, yellow tomatoes, and farmers cheese over the entire salad. We used the same berries leftover from the salad dressing.  Top with fried wonton wrappers in the center of the salad. Drizzle salad dressing over the entire salad or serve on the side.

Enjoy!

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