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Angela Tustin's Smoked Duck and Candied Ginger Salad

No recipe image available.Sweet and tart, this candied ginger vinaigrette perfectly complements the flavors in this composed salad of smoked duck breast, fennel bulb, Asian pears, and blackberries.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup shallots, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup ginger, peeled and julienne
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup Splenda® Granulated No Calorie Sweetener
1/4 cup rice or white vinegar
3/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon whole grain mustard
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves quartered
1/2 cup Belgian endive, julienne leaves
1 cup red onion, sliced thin
1 fennel bulb, leaves and stems removed, sliced into thin rings
1 pint blackberries
1/2 cup crushed black walnuts
2 large Asian pears
24 ounces prepared smoked duck breast

Cooking Directions:

  1. Combine shallots, ginger, olive oil and Splenda® in a medium saucepan. Sweat shallots and ginger over low heat until soft and shallots are translucent. Turn up heat and add vinegars.
  2. Cook until mixture reduces by 1/3 then stir in a solution of water mixed with corn starch and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and add mustard. After dressing cools, strain out ginger and shallots.
  3. Toss all remaining ingredients together in a large salad bowl except for blackberries and duck breast. Dress salad with candied ginger vinaigrette and season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide evenly onto 8 chilled salad plates. Slice duck breast and fan 3 to 4 ounces of duck around each salad. Drizzle remaining vinaigrette onto duck breast and garnish with a few blackberries.

Makes 8 servings.

Tip: Smoked duck breast is available at gourmet groceries.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/8 recipe): Calories: 140; Calories from Fat: 60; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 30mg; Total Carbs: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 4g.

Exchanges per Serving: 1/2 Starch, 2 Vegetables, 3 Very Lean Meats, 1 Fat.

Recipe courtesy of Splenda, Inc. Splenda® is a no-calorie sweetener made from sugar that is suitable for diabetics. For more information regarding this product, please call 1-800-777-5363 or visit their website at