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Spinach, Pear, and Pancetta Salad

Crisp pancetta and juicy pears make this salad special enough to be holiday-worthy. Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes.

Sunset NOVEMBER 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 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.

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

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 236
  • Calories from fat: 76%
  • Protein: 5.6g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated fat: 6.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 11g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Sodium: 289mg
  • Cholesterol: 15mg

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