Duck and Wild Rice Salad

Photo by Romulo Yanes Photography.

For dressing:
1Orange, finely grated zest
⅔ cupFresh orange juice
⅓ cupExtra virgin olive oil
⅓ cupFinely chopped shallot
1 teaspoonMild honey
1 teaspoonSalt
½ teaspoonsBlack pepper
For salad:
2 cups Wild rice (Fall River Wild Rice preferred)
3 tablespoons Unsalted butter
1 largeOnion, finely chopped
4 cupsWater
3 cups Chicken broth
10 ouncesSugar snap peas, trimmed and halved diagonally
2 - 14-ounceFabrique D�lices Boneless Magret Duck Breast halves, with skin
6Scallions, thinly sliced diagonally
1 cup Moist dried California apricots (B&R; Farms preferred), cut into 1/4" strips
1 ½ cupsPecans, chopped and toasted
1 teaspoonSalt


Make dressing:

Whisk together all dressing ingredients in a large bowl and let stand at room temperature while making salad.

Cook rice:

Rinse rice well in a large sieve under cold water, then drain.

Heat butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat until foam subsides, then cook onion, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes.

Add rice and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Stir in water and broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until rice is tender, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. (Grains will split open but not all liquid will be absorbed.)

Drain well in a colander and cool to warm before adding to dressing. (Spread rice out in a shallow baking pan to cool faster.)

Cook sugar snaps and duck while rice is cooking:

Preheat oven to 375�F.

Cook sugar snaps in a 4-quart pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain in a sieve and rinse under cold water to stop cooking, then drain well.

Pat duck dry and season with salt and pepper. Score skin in a crosshatch pattern and place duck, skin side up, in a lightly oiled shallow (1-inch-deep) baking pan.

Roast in middle of oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 120�F (for medium-rare), about 25 minutes. Leave oven on.

Transfer duck to a cutting board and when just cool enough to handle, remove skin. Keep duck breast warm, loosely covered with foil.

Thinly slice skin (scored side down). Bake skin in baking pan in middle of oven until very crisp, about 15 to 20 minutes, then transfer with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain.

Cut duck breast halves in half horizontally (butterfly-style), then cut across the grain into thin slices.

Add duck and any juices to dressing along with rice, sugar snap peas, scallions, apricots, pecans, and salt and toss gently to combine.

Just before serving, scatter crisp duck skin on top.

Makes 6 to 8 main-course servings

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