Spinach, Pear and Pancetta Salad

By ryanmmurano

Pancetta is Italian cured pork belly, often called Italian bacon. If you want, you can substitute the pancetta for regular pork bacon or turkey bacon. The saltiness of the meat goes perfectly with the tang of the pear and the bitterness of spinach. Who ever knew a salad could be so delicious?

Spinach, Pear and Pancetta Salad
  • 2 ounces pancetta or bacon, coarsely chopped

  • 1 small shallot, minced

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 5 ounces baby spinach leaves, washed well and dried thoroughly

  • 1 Bosc pear, cored and thinly sliced

  • 2 ounces fresh, mild goat cheese, crumbled

  1. In a small frying pan over medium-high heat, cook pancetta, stirring often, until crisp, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel to drain.

  2. Discard all but 1/2 tbsp. fat from pan. Add shallot and stir over medium-high heat until soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in oil, vinegar, mustard, and thyme. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Put spinach and sliced pear in a large bowl and gently toss with dressing. Arrange salad on plates. Crumble goat cheese on top and sprinkle with pancetta.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1 1/2-cup serving.

Nutritional Facts

Calories - 236
Carbohydrates - 11g
Saturated Fat - 6.6g
Protein - 5.6g
Sodium - 289mg
Dietary Fiber - 3.1g

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