Duck and watermelon salad with watercress and cashew nuts.

Chinese Duck Salad with Watermelon and Cashews Recipe

30 Minutes
Serves: 2

Watermelon duck salad, pan fried duck with Chinese 5 spice and hoisin sauce served on a bed of watercress, water melon and five spice roasted cashew nuts flavoured with chilli, mint and lime.

Recipe Ingreds


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice
  • 2 fillet duck breasts
  • 2 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt (to taste)


  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 60 grams cashew nuts
  • 1 tsp chinese five spice
  • 0.5 whole fresh chilli
  • 3 sprig fresh mint
  • 0.5 whole lime
  • salt (to taste)
  • 40 grams watercress
  • 250 grams watermelon
  • 0.25 tbsp sunflower oil

Recipe with pictures Steps

Step 1

  • set the oven to 165C 365F or gas mark 3
  • coat the cashews in the oil
  • add the salt and pepper
  • add the 5 spice
  • mix to coat the nuts in the spices
  • place on a baking tray
  • place in the oven
  • cook for 10 minutes
  • remove from the oven
  • set a side to cool a little

Step 2

  • cut the watermelon into small cubes
  • place in the bowl

Step 3

  • score the duck skin with a criss cross pattern
  • season with salt and pepper

Step 4

  • heat the oil in the frying pan
  • fry the duck skin side down
  • turn the heat down to medium
  • cook for 8 minutes
  • turn the duck over
  • cook for 5 minutes

Step 5

  • Drain off any fat from the duck
  • Add the chinese five spice to the duck
  • cook for a minute or two

Step 6

  • Add the hoisin sauce
  • cook for a minute or two
  • set a side to rest

Step 7

  • while the duck is cooking

Step 8

  • wash and finely chop the chilli
  • add to the watermelon
  • squeeze the lime(s)
  • add to the bowl

Step 9

  • add the watercress to the bowl
  • wash and finely chop the mint
  • add to the bowl
  • add the cashew nuts
  • toss the salad

Step 10

  • place the salad in a serving bowl

Step 11

  • slice the duck diagonally
  • place the duck on top of the salad
  • serve immediately

Recipe Utensils

  • 1 baking tray
  • 2 chopping board
  • 1 fish slice
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 large bowl
  • 2 large knife
  • 1 small bowl
  • 1 squeezer

How to make Chinese duck and watermelon salad

Coat the cashews in five spice and roast, cut the watermelon into cubes. Fry the duck skin side down first, cook till golden brown and the skin is crisp add the Chinese five spice and hoisin sauce. Flavour the watermelon with chilli and lime, Make the salad by mixing the watercress, mint and cashew nuts. To serve place the salad on the plate add the watermelon and finally slice the duck and place on top. This salad is great for a delicious summer salad

What makes this crispy duck salad the best

The freshness of the watermelon cuts through the richness of the duck making a delicious salad. The star of the recipe is the roasted five spice cashew nuts giving the salad extra crunch and an additional spicy hit.

Dinner party crispy duck salad

This salad is perfect for a light summer lunch get together, or make smaller portions and serve as a starter for a summer dinner party 

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