Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bacon Greens Salad

I started out making out trying to make Jamie Oliver's Herby Salad but had a very difficult time finding all my "herbs" for it in my small town grocery store so on the fly I modified it to this lovely salad. Essentially it's very much like the Warm Rocket Salad, but the dressing is different a bit tangier. Obviously anything with bacon and balsamic vinegar has to be good on greens.


8 rashers (strips) of pancetta or streaky bacon
1 clove garlic, minced
handful of pine nuts
1 package prewashed rocket/arugula (100g)
4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 lemon


Make dressing:
Mix together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, pinch of salt and pepper, and juice from half the lemon in a small jug. Set on table until ready to eat.

Dice up bacon/pancetta and fry on a medium heat. Add in garlic and pine nuts. Fry until bacon is crispy and pine nuts are toasted. Pour on to paper towels to soak up extra grease.

Put greens into shallow serving bowl or individual salad bowls. Sprinkle bacon/pine nuts over the top of the greens. Bring to the table and dress with the vinaigrette just before eating.

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