Caesar salad with smoked duck breast

A satisfying salad from Ben ODonoghue of crisp leaves bustling with duck, pancetta, croutons and parmesan shavings
By Ben O'Donoghue
Caesar salad with smoked duck breast
  • Rating:
  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 200 g pancetta lardons, 1cm x 1cm x 3cm strips
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 g sourdough, cut into cubes, crusts removed
  • 1 hot smoked duck breast
  • 2 heads firm cos lettuce
  • 100 g parmesan
  • 6 fillets anchovies, optional

For the dressing

  • 3 large free-range eggs
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 250 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley


1. To make the dressing: place the eggs in boiling water for 3 minutes. Then remove and run under cool water to cool sufficiently to handle. Crack the eggs and spoon out the contents into a large bowl.

2. Pound the garlic with a teaspoon of salt in a mortar and pestle to a smooth paste. Add the garlic to the eggs along with the vinegar and mustard.

3. Whisk together well and then add the olive oil whisking continuously to combine well. Add the chopped parsley and set aside.

4. Fry the pancetta in two tablespoons of olive oil until very crispy and remove using a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

5. Fry the croutons in the same oil until golden brown. Remove from the oil with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper.

6. Clean the fry pan and fry the duck breast skin side down over a medium heat until the skin is crisp and golden. Remove from the pan and rest.

7. To make the salad, remove all the large outer leaves from the lettuce. Separate the nice white leaves and wash in cold water and then drain well.

8. In a large bowl toss the leaves with 1/2 the dressing and then arrange on a serving platter, slice the duck breast length ways into thin strips and arrange over the lettuce, dress with the remaining dressing and then scatter with the pancetta and croutons.

9. Finally shave the parmesan over the salad with a potato peeler.

Rate This Recipe