Everyone knows that Fig and Duck can sing a nice song and that Arugula hits the same nutty note time and again. Strawberry and Chèvre hit both the high notes and low notes, leaving plenty of room for Fig and Duck to chime in. It is Onion that can sometimes venture off-key. However, choose an already sweet one from Walla Walla or Maui and it is sure to fit in. Macerated in a little vinegar and tuned up with olive oil, the band gets together and plays a nice gig called, “Summertime, Salad, Strawberries and Fig”.
They will be performing (as an encore) this weekend over at Angie’s weekly party, Fiesta Friday.
Salad of Duck Confit: starring Strawberry & Fig
Serves four – six
When making this salad for just Tom and myself, I usually still use the same proportions for the vinaigrette; it can be used throughout the week for other salads or to drizzle over fish. The amount of strawberries, figs and onions you macerate can vary depending on how many people you are serving. Any leftover onions are delicious on the grill to serve with your next meal (I just grilled my leftover onions last night and served them with our hanger steak).
INGREDIENTS (for Vinaigrette)
7 cleaned, quartered strawberries, stem removed
1 knob butter
1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
1 pinch fleur de sel plus pepper (
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup olive oil
INGREDIENTS (for Salad)
4 qty. 1/4″ slices, sweet onion (such as Walla Walla) cut into large pieces
4 figs, cut in half then quartered
7 strawberries, hulled, quartered
6 qty. 1″ x 1″ pieces of bread. Brush with olive oil and grill to just golden each side (1-2 minutes each side depending on grill). Do this in a sauté pan if grilling is not an option.
2 ounces chèvre
2 duck confit legs, meat removed from bone (skin and excess fat reserved for another use)
1 bunch arugula, cleaned and spun dry
PREPARE (the Vinaigrette)
Sauté the 7 strawberries in butter a minute or two until they are slightly loosened. Add the sparkling wine or prosecco and continue to cook until some juices from the berries release. Reduce this down to about 3-4 TB liquid (it will be pinkish in hue).
Transfer the mixture to a chinois and squeeze the liquid into a bowl. You should have about 1/4 cup liquid.
Add the vinegar plus whisk in the oil. Season with sea salt and pepper.
PREPARE (the Salad)
Add the cut onions to the vinaigrette, along with the cut figs and strawberries. Cover with a lid (or wrap) and let sit to macerate for a 1/2-hour or so, (seasoned to taste, with a little sea salt and pepper, if needed).
Brush the bread cubes with olive oil and grill them until slightly golden on each side (1-2 minutes per side). Alternatively, you can do this in a sauté pan.
Heat the duck confit on a piece of foil in a 350 degree oven until just warm, approximately 5 minutes.
Mound a small pile of arugula, tightly, on the center of each plate. Top with a crouton.
Using a spoon, drizzle some of the vinaigrette over each mound (mindfully saving a little for you… for later, in a jar). Using tongs, divvy, the onion pieces, strawberry slices and fig quarters among plates.
Divide the duck meat among the plates, tucking it in in with the fruit.
Crumble over goat cheese. Enjoy.
Last one to the party misses out on the duck!!!