Duck and grapefruit salad with honey-miso dressing

Adam Liaw
Duck and grapefruit salad with honey-miso dressing and crispy wontons.
Duck and grapefruit salad with honey-miso dressing and crispy wontons. Photo: William Meppem

A slightly sweet miso dressing pairs wonderfully with savoury duck and the bitterness and acidity of grapefruit.


1 cup vegetable oil, for frying

4 wonton wrappers

2 duck breasts

salt, to season

½ small yellow grapefruit, broken into segments, peel and pith discarded

½ small red onion, peeled and very finely sliced

4 cups mixed salad leaves

1 cup mixed cherry tomatoes, halved

Honey-miso dressing

1 tbsp light miso

2 tbsp rice vinegar

½ tsp sugar

1 tsp honey

1 tsp sesame oil

2 tbsp grapeseed oil


1. Heat the oil to 200C in a wok or small saucepan. Slice the wonton wrappers very thinly and deep-fry in batches for about 1 minute, until crisp and lightly browned. Drain well.

2. Score the duck breasts through the skin and fat but not into the meat. Season well with salt. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add about 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil the wontons were fried in. Place the duck, skin-side down, in the pan and fry at medium heat for about 5 minutes, until the skin is browned and crisp. Turn the duck over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, until the duck is medium-rare. Remove from the heat and rest for 5 minutes. Slice the duck thinly.

3. For the honey-miso dressing, mix the miso, vinegar, sugar and honey together with 1 tablespoon of cold water to a smooth paste. Whisk in the sesame oil, then whisk in the grapeseed oil a little at a time until fully combined.

4. Toss the sliced duck, grapefruit, onion, salad leaves, tomatoes and about half the dressing together. Heap into a mound on a plate and top with the remaining dressing and wonton crisps.

Also try: Adam Liaw's apricots and amaretto for dessert

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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