Duck Confit Salad

Duck Confit Salad on #holiday #saladAn elegant and easy Duck confit Salad! Perfect for serving to that special someone on upcoming holidays involving hearts and chocolates…

Simple and Elegant Duck Confit Salad on #holiday #salad

Most of us hear the term duck confit and immediately think of something pompous and hard to make.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Duck Confit is an old-school French preparation for duck, invented back before the days of refrigeration. Cooking the duck in its own fat and storing it in the fat, sealed the duck meat, eliminating the need to keep it cool.

Easy Duck Confit Salad on #holiday #salad

Nowadays, you can make easy duck confit by placing a whole duck, or just the legs and thighs, in a crock-pot and slow cooking it until it falls apart.

Then simply remove the bones, shred the meat, and store it in an air-tight container, in the fridge, until ready to serve. Although this method was created to store at room temperature, I personally wouldn’t risk it.

Duck Confit is rich with a deep meaty essence. It gives run-of-the-mill dishes that extra touch of elegance and is handy to have around. Shredded duck meat is marvelous in:  risotto, stews, street tacos, rice dishes, and today I’m serving it cold on salad.

Easy Duck Confit Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette | A Spicy Perspective #salad #valentinesday

I love preparing rich foods with ingredients that are bright and tangy, to provide a pop of contrast.

Here I’ve paired luxurious Duck Confit Salad with creamy avocado, with pomegranate arils and zippy cranberry vinaigrette.

The combined flavors offer something truly special. Plus this Duck Confit Salad is so easy to make, it could be a quick mid-week meal, or the first course of a fancy candlelight dinner.

Bon Appetit!

More Duck Recipes:

Seared Duck Breast with Blackberry Pan Sauce

Duck Confit Tacos ~ Gastography

Duck Confit with Onion and Bean Soup ~ Gourmet Traveler

Duck Confit Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

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  • 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 1 1/3 cups shredded duck confit
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 pomegranate
  • 3 tablespoons cranberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. Cut the avocado into small chunks and remove the pomegranate arils.
  2. Arrange the salad greens on 4 plates. Then top each pile of greens with 1/3 cup duck confit, avocado chunks and a sprinkling of pomegranate arils.
  3. Whisk the cranberry preserves with the vinegar and oil. Then salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the top and serve.
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32 comments on “Duck Confit Salad

  1. Pingback: The Month of Duck | Lara's Wanderings

  2. Caroleposted April 11, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using duck or other game birds. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . It would be great if you checked out some of the other links – there are some good ones already. Cheers

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  4. Food Loverposted January 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm Reply

    WOW this salad looks so yummy and healthy :) thank you for sharing the recipe!

  5. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchenposted January 25, 2013 at 11:11 pm Reply

    This is just gorgeous and I wouldn’t have thought about cooking a duck in the crockpot!

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Deliciousposted January 21, 2013 at 2:30 am Reply

    Gorgeous! This is definitely my type of salad – so easy yet so fancy!

  7. Angieposted January 19, 2013 at 6:40 am Reply

    Looks so good, I love duck!

  8. love cookingposted January 19, 2013 at 6:33 am Reply

    I am not sure I can find duck confit around my area, probably need to try to make it myself or maybe will try to use roast duck or smoked duck instead. I like dressing a bit sweet, may try to add some honey. This salad definitely looks gorgeous. :)

  9. Belinda @zomppaposted January 19, 2013 at 5:55 am Reply

    So fancy! Live the combination of avocado and pomegranate

  10. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted January 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm Reply

    Wow, it really IS easy! This is so beautiful, Sommer!

  11. Carolynposted January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply

    If I lived closer to you, I have a feeling we would be very good friends. I love duck!

  12. Laura (Tutti Dolci)posted January 18, 2013 at 5:25 pm Reply

    Beautiful salad, I love the cranberry vinaigrette!

  13. Cookin Canuckposted January 18, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    Your site is looking so beautiful, Sommer. Great re-design! And the duck confit salad? I wouldn’t be able to resist eating every bite of it.

  14. Cassieposted January 18, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply

    This is brilliant! I love the pomegranates!

  15. Paula - bell'alimentoposted January 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm Reply

    you said the magic words: duck. confit. swoon.

  16. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppersposted January 18, 2013 at 2:20 pm Reply

    What a great salad!!

  17. Ashley - baker by natureposted January 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm Reply

    Whoa, mama! This looks insanely fancy, and yet, I think I could pull this off! On it goes to my “gotta make it” list! Seriously gorgeous shots, too!

  18. Sandy @ REposted January 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Beautiful. One of my favorite salads, but I’ve never made it myself! Fun idea for V-Day!

  19. a farmer in the dellposted January 18, 2013 at 11:51 am Reply

    I love duck confit! It is one of my favorite things to order out. However, I have always thought it was super hard to make. You just made me feel silly! this looks easy and doable. I want a bite of that salad now!

  20. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakesposted January 18, 2013 at 11:41 am Reply

    Woah. I LOVE all of the flavors going on in this dish! Like, seriously LOVE. You’re totally going to change my mind on eating salads during the winter. OK, fine, on eating salads at all. This is just BRILLIANT!!

  21. marlaposted January 18, 2013 at 11:19 am Reply

    Such an elegant salad Sommer!! Have a great weekend :)

  22. claire @ the realistic nutritionistposted January 18, 2013 at 11:07 am Reply

    What a fabulous use of duck!! I’m always a little weary to use it, I have no clue why. Perfect pairing with pom seeds!

  23. Gabyposted January 18, 2013 at 10:37 am Reply

    Oh what I would give to come over and eat this with you right now!!

  24. Julia {The Roasted Root}posted January 18, 2013 at 9:26 am Reply

    Duck is one of my faves and I’ve actually never made it at home! I definitely had it in my head that it was too hard to make. I’d love to try your method for the shredded duck confit – did you just put in in a crock? Salad looks delicious and look at those pretty pomegranate seeds!

  25. Jennifer @ Mother Thymeposted January 18, 2013 at 9:25 am Reply

    This is gorgeous and I love this cranberry vinaigrette!

  26. Bev @ Bev Cooksposted January 18, 2013 at 8:52 am Reply

    Oh gosh. My heart hurts for this.

  27. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted January 18, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    This sounds like one tasty salad! I am loving the colours!

  28. Tara @ Unsophisticookposted January 18, 2013 at 8:30 am Reply

    This is so beautiful with the pomegranate!

  29. DessertForTwoposted January 18, 2013 at 8:22 am Reply

    SO easy! SO delicious! I must make this! Thanks for the inspiration, Sommer! :)

  30. Jenny Flakeposted January 18, 2013 at 8:21 am Reply

    What a colorful gorgeous salad! Craving it at 6am, lol!

  31. Marian (Sweetopia)posted January 18, 2013 at 7:38 am Reply

    Such a gorgeous dish! I need to make this! :)

  32. Julie @ Table for Twoposted January 18, 2013 at 7:30 am Reply

    You totally just called me out on thinking duck confit was a pompous dish >.< I'm glad to see that the preparation is simple (the crockpot is my lover!) and the flavors are phenomenal! What a great salad to have and even better one to prepare for a loved one for a romantic evening :)