I love making salads and salad dressings and this combination of rocket, pear, pine nuts, pancetta and balsamic vinegar seems to impress people the most. It's so easy and delicious that this is my 'go to' salad recipe when I have unexpected guests, as it looks really 'fancy' too. The inspiration for this comes from a nice restaurant in Hamburg - where they served a salad with a crisp slice of prosciutto di Parma on top, but I make it with pancetta or even bacon, as it's easier to eat with a fork!
Toast pine nuts in a dry (without oil) hot pan, being careful not to scorch or burn the nuts. Toss or mix constantly until lightly browned. Let cool.
Wow, this is my new favourite salad. Very tasty. Thank you for sharing this recipe! - 22 Jul 2012
This really is the perfect starter, it looks impressive and tastes amazing without very much effort. - 18 May 2013
This was a yummy salad but way too much balsamic vinegar spoilt the dressing! - 02 Jan 2012 (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)