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Delicious Grilled Duck Breast Salad

Top view of 2 bleu plates filled with greens, sweet potatoes in cubes and sliced duck breast. Caramelized pecans bowl on the side with 2 forks.
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Grilled duck breast with a side of roasted sweet potatoes and caramelized pecans sprinkled on a bed of greens. A honey mustard dressing drizzled on top, what could possibly go wrong with such a combo?

This is a salad that could be an official start to a 3-course meal or in a full meal version. Perfect for special occasions and a great opportunity to indulge with this tasty recipe of the grilled duck breast salad.

Quick, easy and elegant, this salad has all you need: protein and vegetables, a great crunch with the pecans.

Can You BBQ Duck Breast?

You can either barbecue your duck breast or grill on a cast iron pan. The cooking time is really short. I only cooked the half pound piece of meat on the fatty side for 8 minutes.

The outside becomes crispy and the inside remains pinkish, the perfect medium rare. Cooking this meat is really simple and it gives you the best flavours. Choose the smoked duck breast, you will not require any marinade or sauce prior to grilling it.

Remember before cooking your meat it should be at room temperature.

If you barbecue (gas or charcoal) or grill on the iron cast, do not move your meat. Leave it 8 minutes or until the inside temperature reaches 135F as recommended on the packaging.

What To Serve With Grilled Duck Breast?

This easy smoked grilled duck can be served with a variety of side dished. If you would rather a warm side dish, some scalloped potatoes could be a great option. The potato dish is not an over powering taste to the duck. You can also serve with some nice al dente green beans.

However, here I’m offering you a fresh leafy side dish with a mix of crisp greens. I added some crunch with caramelized pecans and the softness of roasted sweet potatoes. This bistro salad is complemented with a honey dijon dressing to make it even more irresistible.

How To Caramelize Pecans?

Making caramelized pecans is really easy with only 3 ingredients. I would recommend to make a big batch and store it in a container to add to any future salads. This sweet and crunchy topping is such a great addition to your leafy meals.

You just need to melt sugar with water in a pan, add you pecans. Then, cook the pecans under nicely coated. Spread them on a mat to cool and voilà! How simple is this?

Adding caramelized pecans to your salad will become one of your favorite thing, I promise you! And here, with the grilled duck breast, it is just heaven in a plate!

My Honey Mustard Dressing Recipe

Don’t get intimidated with the different steps this salad has. You can make big batch of certain elements (like pecans or roasted sweet potatoes) and also make ahead.

Only simple ingredients to make this dressing. It’s my favourite of all time and I can make it with my eyes closed. I always make more than I need so it’s always on hand.

Roasting And Storing Sweet Potatoes

I love roasting vegetable specially in salads like my roasted vegetables salad I shared in the past. Here it is just 2 sweet potatoes, it is fairly quick to prepare and throw it in the oven.

I make them as simple as just adding some sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes, toss them and another 20. Very low maintenance as during this time you can do other things in the house or in the kitchen.

If you love it like I do, do 4 or 6 potatoes and save it in a container in the fridge. I can store it for a week in your container and either heat it up for a meal or cold for your salads.

Do you love duck? Here are more duck recipes for you:
Duck Taco With An Orange Cherry Fresh Salsa
How To Make Potted Duck (Rillette)
Honey Roast Duck Recipe
Roasted Duck Recipe With Orange Sauce

Top view of 2 bleu plates filled with greens, sweet potatoes in cubes and sliced duck breast. Caramelized pecans bowl on the side with 2 forks.
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Grilled Duck Breast

Grilled duck breast paired with roasted sweet potatoes and caramelized pecans sprinkled on a bed of greens complemented with a honey mustard dressing.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Appetizer, lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Bistro
Keyword: duck, duck breast, easy, honey mustard dressing, make ahead, pecan, roasted sweet potatoes, salad, simple
Servings: 2 people
Author: Mélanie


Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp oil, vegetable or of choice
  • Salt

Caramelized pecans

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 cup pecans


  • 1/2 pound duck breast

Mixed greens

  • 2 handful mixed greens washed and dried

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste


Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Pre-heat the oven at 450F.
  • Wash and peel the potatoes.
  • Cut the potatoes into cubes.
  • Spread them on a baking sheet, sprinkle with salt and pour the oil. Bake for 30 minutes.

Caramelized pecans

  • Prepare your ingredients.
  • In a pan, pour the sugar and water and bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the pecan and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the pecans are well coated.
  • Spread the pecans on a parchemin or baking mat to allow to cool down.

Grilled Duck Breast

  • Pre-heat the pan to medium-high.
  • On medium, place your duck breast and cook it for 8 minutes WITHOUT turning it.
  • Slice and plate it. It's ready!

Honey Mustard Dressing

  • Mix well all your ingredients together. Done!


  • Place your green in a plate, then the duck breast on the side. Sprinkle with the pecans and sweet potatoes. Drizzle with the dressing.


Did you bake it? Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram  @bonappeteat so I can see it!

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    Rebecca Blackwell
    February 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    5 stars
    Some friends of ours just gave us some duck they had hunted themselves and I wasn’t sure what to do with it. I made this salad with some of it yesterday and it was SO GOOD! This is a recipe we will come back to over and over again. Thank you!

    • Reply
      February 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

      This makes me so happy! I’m so glad you liked it!

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    February 19, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Love the combination of ingredients in this salad recipe. How delicious. Saving it for later

    • Reply
      February 21, 2020 at 10:41 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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    Azlin Bloor
    March 14, 2020 at 7:48 am

    5 stars
    This is such a delicious recipe, so full of flavours! I love everything about it! Thank you for linking to the Potted Duck recipe on LinsFood.

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