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Asian Marinated Duck Salad
Makes 4 servings
* For the Marinade
*1/2 cup fresh lime juice
*1/2 cup low-sodium tamari sauce
*1 cup water
*2 tbls. honey
*2 tsp. minced fresh garlic
*1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
*1 tsp. chopped scallions
*1/2 minced fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds and strings removed
*1 tsp. red chili flakes
* For the Salad
*1/2 lb. boneless duck breast
*1 tbls. cornstarch
*1 tbls. water
*1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
*4 cups shredded Napa cabbage
*1 cup snow peas
*1/4 cup chopped scallions
*1 cup sliced canned water chestnuts
*1/2 cup enoki mushrooms
*1 cup roasted red bell peppers
*Pinch red chili flakes
1Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Divide into 2 equal parts.
2Place duck in a shallow glass baking dish and pour half of marinade over top. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
3To make sauce from other half of marinade, pour into a saucepan and bring to a boil. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water to make a paste. Add to sauce and cook until thickened, about 1 minute. Set aside to cool.
4Prepare hot coals for grilling or preheat broiler. Remove duck from marinade and grill or broil until cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Discard marinade. Cut duck into ¼-inch strips.
5In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, cabbage, snow peas, scallions, water chestnuts, enoki mushrooms and red peppers. Pour cooked sauce over vegetables and toss lightly.
6Place 2 cups of vegetable mixture in a bowl and 2 ounces of duck breast. Garnish with red pepper flakes, if desired.
  • For an eye-catching presentation, use the roasted red peppers as a garnish rather than tossing them with the rest of the vegetables.
  • Asian markets and some supermarkets carry fresh enoki mushrooms, whose crisp delicacy and unusual shape add interest to any salad.
  • EACH SERVING CONTAINS APPROXIMATELY: 195 calories, 26 gm. carbohydrate, 3 gm. fat, 89 mg. cholesterol, 18 gm. protein, 854 mg. sodium, 5 gm. fiber

Barry Correia, Executive Chef, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires Health Resort, Lenox, Massachusetts