Duck Caesar Salad with Low-Carb Croutons


Step 1Make the croutons. If using the Chia Seed Croutons, follow the recipe at Healthful Pursuit. I added a teaspoon of garlic powder in mine :-)

Step 2Make the crispy bacon. Preheat the oven to 190 °C/ 375 °F. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Lay the bacon strips out flat on the baking paper, leaving space so they don't overlap. Place the tray in the oven and cook for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown. The time depends on the thickness of the bacon slices. When done, remove from the oven and set aside to cool down. Once chilled, break into smaller pieces. Pour the bacon grease into a glass container and use for cooking (great with fried eggs as it adds a fantastic flavour boost).

Step 3Prepare the duck breasts. Increase the temperature in the oven to 220 °C/ 430 °F. Pat the skin with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. Score the skin and season with salt and pepper. Heat a medium pan over a medium-high heat. Place the duck breasts skin side down into the hot dry pan (no oil needed) and turn the heat down.

Step 4As the fat is released, pour it over the breasts regularly and cook for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden. Turn on the other side and cook for about 30 seconds just to seal the breasts.

Step 5Place the breasts skin side up on a rack in a roasting tin and transfer into the oven. Cook for 10 minutes for rare, 15 minutes for medium or 18 minutes for well done. When the duck is cooked, rest the meat in a warm place for about 10 minutes (do not cover or you will lose the crispness).

Step 6Pour the fat from the pan and from the roasting tin through a sieve into a glass container and let it cool down. Once chilled, cover with a lid and keep at room temperature or in the fridge. Duck fat can be used just like bacon grease - use for cooking.

Step 7Prepare the dressing and other ingredients. Use a potato peeler to make the parmesan flakes. Wash and drain the lettuce in a salad spinner or just by pat dry using a paper towel.

Step 8Assemble the salad. Place the lettuce in a serving bowl and toss with the dressing.

Step 9Slice the duck breasts into thin strips and place on top of the lettuce. Add the parmesan flakes and crisped up and crumbled bacon. Optionally, top with anchovies and Chia Seed Croutons.