Friday, 2 January 2015

Roasted Duck Salad


Happy New Year everyone! Let me start the new year with some healthy eating. This is what I had for lunch yesterday. Oh no, I did not roast the duck hah..hah..too much trouble and I would rather pay someone else to do it. The duck was actually leftovers from last year :D


Don't you worry one bit. I wasn't eating stale food as last year was pretty much only 3 days ago. I did not want the duck to go to waste as it cost me RM55.00 for a whole duck. These were the last bits left and it was the breast portion. As you know, I don't like chicken breasts. I totally hate it but somehow I am fine with duck breast. They are actually rather good. 



I had a bag of pre-washed mixed salad greens in the fridge which I bought from Aeon. These days I buy these pre-washed salad mix for convenience. There are 12 types of leaves in there and it costs RM7.99 per bag. I know they are expensive but worth it. It saves me the trouble of buying a few varieties of salad greens and going through the hassle of washing and drying them. One bag is good for two servings  if you add other vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots and onions.



By the way, did you notice that Mandarin oranges have already made their way into the supermarkets since December? That means Chinese New Year is coming soon. In fact last weekend while I was looking after our shopping cart when my partner went to the loo, an old lady came up to me excitedly, pointed to the two boxes of oranges in the trolley and asked me "Auntie, Auntie, how much is the oranges?". Geez. She must be around 70+ and she called me auntie. I felt so deflated. I think I need a facial.



Let's forget my bruised ego and come back to my salad. In addition to the salad leaves, I have added cherry tomatoes and yellow onions. And since I had some Mandarin oranges in the house, I decided to rope those in as well. My salad dressing is made with garlic, salt, pepper, dijon mustard, olive oil, apple cider vinegar and a hint of Balsamic vinegar. 



After tossing the vegetables in the dressing, I simply plated the whole lot and topped the greens with the warmed up duck breasts. And yum it was good! So you see, for a salad you can pretty much buy your proteins (say, from the chicken rice stall) and add it to your greens. In fact if you have leftover KFC, you can do this too. I think I shall eat healthier this year, eh? And Realgunner's mom would approve of this recipe I hope :)










Roasted Duck Salad
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Salad ingredients :
- mixed salad greens of your choice
- cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- a few wedges of Mandarin oranges
- onions, sliced
- some duck breast (or chicken and make it a chicken salad)

Dressing ingredients :
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp peppercorns
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp Balsamic vinegar
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard

Method :
1. Put all the salad ingredients into a large mixing bowl and set aside.
2. To make the dressing, pound the garlic, salt and peppercorns until fine.
3. Transfer the pounded ingredients into a bowl and add apple cider vinegar, Balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and olive oil. Whisk to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings.
4. Drizzle enough dressing into the salad ingredients and toss to mix. Taste and add more dressing if necessary.

Note : 

1. The amount of dressing ingredients is just a guide and you can adjust according to your own taste.

2. For an Oriental style dressing, omit Dijon mustard and replace apple cider vinegar with rice vinegar. Then add a teaspoon of sesame oil.


46 comments:

  1. Duck!!! I like!!! Hey! Is that a new banner? Very very very nice. Happy 2015!

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    1. Thank you, Arthur! I was tinkering with it last evening and I still need to tweak it a bit more. I am beginning to appreciate ducks :)

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  2. Good morning and happy new year.. Oooo look at those duck meat! Tarm tarm yoke! One thing about duck, not much meat, sigh.. Only the breast and thigh part.. Any (leftover or overnight) roast duck or roast chicken or even siew yok, then made into salad or sabdwiches the next day also can be very yummy.. I always use my leftover roast chicken in my sandwich or pasta the next day..

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    1. Ya lor, Louiz I realise there is not much meat. And no such thing as duck wings as it come out all bones. Last time I don't like duck at all but now beginning to love roast duck. I still don't know how to cook it.

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  3. Hi Phong Hong,
    'Last year'? ... hee hee... ! This warm roasted duck salad is so yummy-licious. I too made my leftover roast duck or KFC in salads/fruits or in wraps. Sometimes add to a bowl of Maggie mee. Don't waste food mah.
    Ha ha ... that old lady calling you Aunty... oh don't be sad, probably it's just a common name for her to call out. Or are you expecting her to call you 'Ah Moi'? Hee.. hee. Well, we are young at heart :D
    Wish you have a great start of the new year ! Cheers!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! Leng lui would be nice muahahahahaha!!!

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  4. Happy happy new year Phong Hong! Healthy eating is the great start to a new year. Maybe I should learn from you to start eating healthy too! Jiayou...!

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    1. Janice, I hope that I can keep up with the healthy eating as there are lots of chocolate cake recipes to explore hah...hah...

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  5. Hahahaha, unfortunately I am back in Penang already, so I doubt she will be reading this :D :D

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    1. That's great! Then I can bring out my arsenal of butter and chocolates :D :D

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  6. A new look for the new year? I mean the banner, of course...hee..hee!!

    I love salads with mandarin oranges (or orange segments) in them...and I buy those mixed salad greens too (so convenient). I think the salad works well with the duck breast meat (as they're lean and not so oily) but I'm not so sure about chicken from the chicken rice stall though! I, too, love duck breast but hate chicken breast :D

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    1. Hi Kris! I used to but a whole chicken from the chicken rice stall (the good ones of course) and use some of the meat for salad. Iti s not bad. I am now appreciating ducks but I still don't know how to cook it.

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  7. Phong Hong, wow! what a yummy greeting from your banner for the new year! I like your duck breast meat salad dish. Very interesting dish with all the different fruits and veg. Happy baking and cooking in the new year.

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    1. Thank you, Nancy! Yes, I will definitely keep happy by baking and cooking :)

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  8. Phong Hong, your foods never fails to tempts me, too bad i am not your neighbour...

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    1. Sharon, you can move over here hah..hah...

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  9. This salad looks interesting and with the duck meat, it can serve as a meal on its own!

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    1. Cheah, I like his type of main meal salads.

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  10. That looks great!

    I need to find inspiration on what to do with some leftover turkey. Hah Hah

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    1. Thanks, Lina! There's lots to do with leftover turkey - sandwich, soups, stew, salad :D

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  11. That is a brilliant idea Phong Hong! I love duck, which is also the problem. When I buy duck it is gone too fast - before I can even get the leaves out of the fridge!!

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    1. Diana, I love duck too and that's why I have to buy one whole duck to nom nom :D

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  12. Hi Phong Hong
    Hope Im not too late to wish you Happy New year. It is not very often i see using duck meat into salad and having mandarin oranges in it too.

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    1. Happy New Year , Mel! This is a good salad to be repeated when I am in the mood for duck.

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  13. happy New Year!
    I like this salad, esp.as i should lose 1 kilo after Christmas😄

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    1. Happy New Year, Ola! One kilo is not much, you should be able to achieve it quite fast :)

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  14. Happy New Year! Nice to see some healthy dishes for a change! Looks really good and I can like duck breasts too! I find other parts to be tough!

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    1. Happy new Year, Jeannie! hah..hah...yeah, healthy hee..hee...

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  15. Didn't know there's duck salad as well ... looks very nice!
    And, nice banner there!

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    1. Chris, thanks! Duck salad is good, you should try it.

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  16. Duck salad, that is something new to me :)

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    1. First time for me, Libby and it won't be the last!

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  17. This looks amazing! I have already ate a couple of salads in the New Year, but this one looks extraordinary!

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    1. Thanks, Cathleen! I am going to eat more salads :)

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  18. Happy New Year!
    I love duck and I do these things with leftover duck and chicken as well. So lazy (me) yet so good ...
    Also love throwing it into some pasta .... ooo yes.
    Love the banner!

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    1. Happy New Year, Ping! Thanks, next time I'll try it with pasta.

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  19. These are certainly some great salad! Love the mix of duck & oranges! I'm delighted to be back from my vacation & resuming my blog hopping! Happy 2015 to you , dear! xoxo

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    1. Hi Shirley! Nice to have you back!

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  20. Happy New Year to you and your partner!

    A new banner for the new year - very nice! I like to eat duck breast but without the skin and fat please. Super love your roasted duck salad.

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    1. Happy New Year, Mun! You can always give the skin and fats to me :D

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  21. That sounds like a very yummy salad. Love the addition of mandarin oranges.

    Btw a very Happy New Year to you, PH!

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    1. Happy New Year, Yen! I'll be having more duck this year hah..hah...

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  22. Nice banner photo!

    This is unique, seldom see duck with salad, hehe~

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    1. Thanks, Hayley! I like the duck salad so going to eat more hee..hee...

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  23. Hi Phong Hong, how could I have missed this post of yours? Roast duck is my favourite and wow in salads, it's great idea. Did you know I ate lots of roast, boiled, braised duck when in Thailand. They are easily found there. I ate so much until my hubby told me 'No more quack. quack meat for me'. But there are really good and cheap.....

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    1. Kimmy, I have learnt to appreciate duck over the years. But I still prefer roasted over other styles of cooking. Maybe I haven't tasted a good one yet :)

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