This salad is super easy and super simple and can be made with lots of different ingredients according to your own taste. I have chosen to make it with duck confit that you can find in most supermarkets here in Spain.
Most important thing I would say is to make the dressing taste really good, I always have a few kitchen cupboard essentials like soy sauce, thai fish sauce, garlic, ginger etc. If you don’t but love asian food its a good idea to go out and get them!
Ingredients (makes 4 Portions)
- 2 legs of duck confit
- 1 (Clearspring) packet of Thai noodles ( any thai rice noodles will do though)
- 2 baby gem lettuces
- half a cucumber
- 1 charlotte
- 2 shaved carrots (I shave them with a peeler)
- half a red pepper
- 1/4 of a broccoli
- 3-4 sprigs of asparagus
- Roasted garlic (can be bought in asian stores)
- half a cup of soy sauce
- 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
- 1 tbsp of mirrin
- 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 1 whole lemon (lemon juice or lime)
- 1 big clove of grated garlic
- grated ginger
- (fresh chili if you want some ZING)
Put the oven on 230-240 C and put the duck legs in the oven to be roasted until crispy. In the meantime boil the rice noodles, and while they are boiling start chopping all the vegetables into the size and shape that you prefer. In a different pot bring water to a boil and blanch the asparagus and broccoli. Find a container or plastic bowl big enough to fit everything and put all your chopped vegetables in.
When the Thai noodles are ready and still have a little bite to them, drain them well and add to the bowl. While the duck is still crisping up make your dressing, put soy sauce, mirrin, fish sauce, sesame oil and lemon juice altogether. Then grate and add garlic, ginger and if you wish a bit of chili, Put aside until needed.When the duck is golden and crisp remove from oven, de-bone and chop into little pieces and add into the big bowl.
Pour in the dressing and give it a good mix I like to use my hands :).Almost done! Last but not least add the roasted garlic on top. ( that you can either buy in an asian shop or roast yourself ).Great thing about this dish is that you can use any vegetables you like and the same goes for the meat part, its great with chicken, beef, and pork.