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Roast duck & griddled plum salad

Roast duck & griddled plum salad

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  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Prep:
    • Cook:
    • plus cooling and chilling, cook for 4 hrs 30 mins if using a slow cooker
  • More effort
  • Serves 4

This slow-cooked duck salad makes a great centrepiece for entertaining – dinner party guests will love the range of textures and flavours

Nutrition: per serving


  • 3 duck legs
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 500ml pomegranate juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 175g bulgur wheat
  • 6 plums , halved and stoned
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g green beans , trimmed and halved
  • seeds from 1 pomegranate , or 110g tub pomegranate seeds
  • 1 red onion , finely chopped
  • 50g toasted flaked almonds
  • 200g pack feta cheese , crumbled
  • large bunch flat-leaf parsley , chopped
  • small bunch mint , leaves picked and torn if large

For the dressing

  • 100ml pomegranate juice

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses (or 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly plus 1 tbsp lemon juice)

For the dressing

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

For the dressing

  • 2 preserved lemons , middles scooped out and discarded, skins finely sliced

For the dressing

  • juice of 2 lemons

For the dressing

  • 1 tbsp clear honey


  • STEP 1

    Up to 2 days before, sit the duck legs in your slow cooker or a small casserole or baking dish – if you don’t have a slow cooker, heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pour over the stock and pomegranate juice so that the legs are submerged. Poke in the cinnamon stick, cover with the lid, or tightly with foil, and slow-cook for 4 hrs on High, or in the oven for 2 hrs, until the duck is really tender. Cool in the liquid, then chill until you make the salad.

  • STEP 2

    One hour before you want to start the salad, lift the duck legs from the liquid, pat dry with kitchen paper and sit in a roasting tin to dry out a little.

  • STEP 3

    Heat oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7. Rub the cumin and cinnamon all over the duck legs with plenty of salt and some ground black pepper, and roast for 15-20 mins. Meanwhile, cook the bulgur wheat following pack instructions, then drain well. Heat a dry griddle pan, brush the halved plums with a little olive oil and griddle for about 5 mins on either side. Set everything aside to cool a little while you prep the rest of the ingredients.

  • STEP 4

    Bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the green beans and cook for 2-4 mins until tender but still with some bite. Drain under cold running water to cool.

  • STEP 5

    Whisk together all the dressing ingredients with plenty of seasoning.

  • STEP 6

    When the duck is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and crispy skin from the bones. Transfer to a platter with the roasted plums, pomegranate seeds, red onion, bulgur wheat, green beans, flaked almonds, feta and herbs. Toss everything together gently with the dressing and eat immediately.


The cooking liquid from the duck will be packed with flavour, so don’t throw it away. Once cooled, skim off any surface fat, then freeze until needed. Strain into your next tagine, fragrant stew or curry. 

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Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2014

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