Light and delicious, this elegant duck, fig and grilled pear salad will make a statement at any picnic spread.
A great make-ahead salad; the key ingredients – the smoked duck (recipe below) and the grilled pear, can be prepared the day before allowing you to build your salad on the day.
If you are having an at-home picnic affair, combine and dress the salad ingredients in a bowl as you would any salad and plate. If you are enjoying this salad as part of a movable feast, plate your salad at the picnic and drizzle with dressing, it’s that simple.
We give you all the information you need to know how to smoke the duck breast (and realise how simple it is).
If duck breast is not your thing, this salad pairs equally well with smoked chicken or serrano ham. Consider crisping the ham in the oven a little for added flavour and texture and add to the salad at the last minute.
If fresh figs aren’t in season, you can use dried or rehydrated figs, although they will have a slightly different flavour profile from fresh.
Tip: If smoking duck breast, we will often smoke two and make smoked duck rice paper rolls as well, which make great picnic finger food.
When grilling pears, you can also grill some rounds to make a lovely grilled pear and blue cheese appetizer or use additional pears for a super simple savoury pear tart.
See the full post on how to smoke duck breast here for more notes and tips on achieving tender, juicy smoked duck breast every time. It’s a lot easier than you might think.
Sensible Picnic Salad Storage Containers
These stylish 2 in 1 containers (16 oz | 450 gm and 21.5 oz | 610 gm) are perfect for picnic salads. Triple-Layered Vacuum-Insulation keeps salads cold for hours and they can double as a serving bowl which is a great solution for no-mess kids picnic salads. They come in a range of gorgeous colours and designs to suit your picnic style.