Rocket salad with pears, pine nuts, pancetta and dolcelatte

    15 min

    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!

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1 bag rocket
    • 1 pear, cored and cubed or sliced lengthways
    • 50g pancetta cubes, pan-fried or grilled
    • 80g dolcelatte, gorgonzola or blue cheese, cubed
    • 4 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
    • 50g thinly sliced (jarred) beetroot, optional
    • For the balsamic vinaigrette
    • 125ml good balsamic vinegar
    • 60ml olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 1/4 tablespoon acacia honey, or a light honey of your choice
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1 clove garlic, pressed or very finely chopped, optional
    • a good grind of sea salt
    • a grind of fresh pepper

    Prep:15min  ›  Ready in:15min 

    1. Gently toss all salad ingredients together and place in a serving bowl.
    2. For the dressing, simply put all ingredients into a shaker or salad dressing container, cover and shake about 20 seconds or until the oil looks emulsified. Serve with salad.

    To toast the pine nuts...

    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.

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    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)