Crispy Duck & Watermelon Salad

Watermelon salads have become something of a summer staple in my house.

Fresh, sweet, refreshing.

Just what this weather calls for!

This is a sort of beefed up (or ducked up, I suppose) version of this salad and it makes the perfect summer supper*.

*Even for the most hardened of salad dodgers. 

It’s a recipe from Tom Kerridge’s book, c’mon it’s £6 – you need it! With a couple of very small tweaks. To serve two you’ll need:

Two duck legs

Half a small watermelon

2 handfuls of pomegranate seeds

Handful of fresh mint

Handful of fresh coriander

1 red chilli

2tbsp soy sauce

2tbsp sesame sauce

1tbsp fish sauce

Juice of 1 lime


Pre-heat your oven to 160C/350F. Place a wire rack over a baking tray and pop the duck legs on top. Sprinkle with salt and pop into the centre of your pre-heated oven. Roast for an hour and a half.

Once the duck’s done, put it to one side to rest on its rack.

Meanwhile you can chop up your melon.

Cut into bite sized chunks and place into a big bowl.

Top with pomegranate seeds (I must admit to buying these in a pack, and I can’t be doing with getting them out of the fruit!)

Grab a handful of mint and use some scissors to roughly chop it over the top.

Do the same with your coriander.

Then throw on some sliced chillies.

Grab a couple of forks and shred your duck, like you would for a Chinese takeaway.

Throw it all in to the bowl!

In a jar mix your soy sauce, fish sauce, sesame oil, and lime juice.

Pour over the salad and toss.

Serve with the duck still warm and the melon beautifully chilled.

The perfect seasonal combo of sweet and savoury, all in one beautiful dish.

Nibble on some of that crispy skin, balanced with the zingy pomegranate.

Just remember.

If life gives you melons…

…you might be dyslexic.


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  • Love the look of this! Although, I think it could be really tasty if you grilled the melon first – would add just a tiny bit more flavour and texture!


  • I love watermelon salads come summertime, but I normally go with feta instead of duck! This looks delicious though, so might have to have a quack at this instead (sorry)

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Beautiful photos – I’m not a coriander fan so would have to give it a skip, but otherwise this sounds realllly yum!


  • oOooh love a watermelon salad! So refreshing and delish… I must keep this handy for our next big BBQ, even though I am a veggie lass – I know it will go down a treat with everyone else. I may just try it with feta! Immy x

  • This looks INSANE! Must try at home 😛 Love AP xo

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Oh my god I was just thinking the other day I would love to make a duck and watermelon salad and I really love your take on it! Will give it a try!


  • Rach

    This looks delicious! Such a great summer dish!

  • Interesting combo but I would totally try it!

  • Oh wow! I actually have this book, as a fellow low carber, and can’t actually recall this recipe. It looks amazing here though, I love your recipe posts so much, keep them coming!
    Farah x

  • I love a watermelon salad! Never tried a duck one at home though, but this looks beautifully simple and delicious!
    Vicky x

  • This sounded a bit like a weird combination at first but it looks delicious! I might have to give it a try x


  • Yum! Can you believe I’ve never had watermelon salad? From these pics I’m guessing I’ve been missing a lot…

  • ninegrandstudent

    This looks delicious. I’m totally craving duck now too…

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

  • Kim

    This recipe looks amazing! Thanks for the share, keep up the posts! Love reading your blog.

  • Since I love watermelon so much I absolutely have to try this salad 🙂

    Miki xx

  • What an interesting mix of sweet and spicy!! This looks delish!! My personal all time favorite salad recipe is this amazing Kale salad with lemon mustard vinaigrette. BUT… in Germany, kale is seasonal! So I have to wait until October to have this. x michelle

  • Samantha Gibb

    Very much enjoyed this yesterday at lunch, thanks for the recipe! x

  • OMG this combination sounds amazing!! I never would have thought of it myself but it sounds delish!! <3



  • I wish I liked Watermelon because this sounds like such a tasty meal, going to have to experiment with other fruits and hope for the best although I’m not so sure they’ll look quite as show stopping as this!
    Tara xo

  • Vanina

    HAHAHA, That’s a really funny joke, Rosie!

  • This is literally one of my fav salads (have you ever tried the one they have at Sexy Fish? It’s divine)! Will definitely try this at home!

  • Rebecca Tait

    That is the best pun I have heard in a long time. I am giving you full credit for that!