Duck Fillet & Pomegranate Salad

Enjoy as a wonderful starter for a special meal or on its own for a light lunch.

Serves: 2
20 mins
8 mins


  • 1 Gressingham duck breast (skin removed)
  • 125 g mixed leaves
  • 4 cherry tomatoes (cut in half)
  • Seeds of half a pomegranate
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

For the dressing

  • 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 3 tablespoons stokes mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and finely diced)


  1. Place the saffron threads in a medium size bowl. Boil the kettle and pour approx a table spoon of the hot water over the saffron. Set aside and allow saffron to infuse for 10 mins. In a separate bowl whisk together the lemon, mayonnaise and the garlic. Slowly whisk in the saffron water until blended. Set aside.
  2. Take the duck breast fillet and with a sharp knife carefully cut the fillet in half horizontally so that you have 2 flat fillets. Rub a little oil on both sides of each fillet. Place a frying pan onto a high heat and add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the pan starts to smoke carefully place the duck fillets in and season lightly with salt. Cook for 4 minute and with tongs turn the fillets over, lightly season and cook for another 4 minutes . Remove the pan from the heat and leave in a warm place while you assemble the salad.
  3. Place the mixed leaves and the pomegranates into a bowl with 1 table spoon oil . Mix together and then divide the salad onto 2 plates. Put the cherry tomato halves on to and around the salad .
  4. Take the duck fillets and carve into 3 or 4 pieces and put on top of the leaves. Pour over any juices from the pan.
  5. Take the saffron mayonnaise and with a dessert spoon heavily drizzle this over the duck fillets.

Our Story

The Gressingham duck is a unique breed that first came about when the small but flavourful wild Mallard was crossed with the larger Pekin duck giving a meaty, succulent duck with more breast meat, less fat and a rich gamey flavour.