Tea Smoked Duck Breast Salad

Last month, I posted my seasonal rhubarb and elderflower upside down cake recipe and I’m excited to share my latest recipe for English Tea Shop – a tea smoked duck breast salad.

I loved experimenting with the different tea flavours to come up with this tasty savoury dish, infused with their classic English Breakfast tea.

tea smoked duck breast salad

To feed 2:
1 x duck breast
500g wood chips for smoking
6 x English Tea Shop English Breakfast teabags
35g watercress
1 orange, or blood orange if in season
1 head of chicory
70g radicchio or castelfranco
70g rocket
30g pine nuts (toasted)
30g chopped hazelnut
150g of tenderstem broccoli
1 bunch flat leaf parsley, picked
6 radishes to garnish

Juice from the orange
1 tsp sherry vinegar
3 tsp good quality olive oil
Salt & pepper



  1. Find a deep baking tray and a cooling rack that fits within the tray and can sit on the top of the wood-chips
  2. Place the woodchips and tea leaves into the bottom of the baking tray
  3. Score the fat on the duck breast
  4. Place the baking tray on a BBQ or hob and let the woodchips catch fire gently so that it starts to catch fire. Blow out the flames and place the duck breast, fat side up, on the cooling rack. Cover the duck with a layer of baking paper and then cover the tray fully with foil making sure no smoke can escape
  5. Allow the duck breast to smoke for 10–15 minutes or until the fat is nicely coloured
  6. Remove the duck breast, in a frying pan on the hob on a gentle heat render down the fat for a further 10 minutes before finishing off in the oven at 160 for 5 minutes
  7. Leave the duck breast to rest
  8. Pan sear the tenderstem and leave aside
  9. Toast the pine nuts on a gentle heat in a dry pan until brown, save some for the garnish
  10. Chop the hazelnuts
  11. Segment the orange and squeeze any juice into the dressing bowl
  12. Make the dressing by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl
  13. Wash all the salad leaves and pick the parsley
  14. Place all leaves in a bowl, mix through the nuts, orange segments and tenderstem
  15. Slice the duck breast into strips and mix through the salad
  16. Dress the salad, season to taste and mix thoroughly
  17. Serve on a lovely plate and sprinkle over the pine nuts and thinly sliced radish to garnish
  18. Enjoy!


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