Sunday, January 16, 2011
I'm Strong To The Finish, 'Cause I Eats Me Spinach
Spinach needs no introduction. We've all eaten it whether it be sauteed, creamed, in a dip, in am omelette or raw. Since we've had some beautiful spring-like warm weather this weekend, I decided to go with spinach in it's raw and natural form. This is actually my favorite way to eat spinach.
Spinach is a nutrient rich food. When eaten raw or steamed it retains it's nutrients best. It's high in antioxidants and packed full of vitamins, I mean seriously, packed.
Spinach Salad with Pancetta and Goat Cheese
8c fresh, washed, loosely packed spinach leaves
2oz goat cheese, chopped (goat cheese is easier to chop if you put it into the freezer for a few minutes first)
1.5 ounces pancetta (I used half of a 3oz pack of sliced pancetta from the market)
3T diced red onion
1/4c chopped walnuts
Balsamic Vinaigrette (see Beet post for recipe)
Cook pancetta until crisp, remove from heat and set aside on a paper towel.
Once your spinach is washed, pat dry with a clean kitchen towel. Place spinach in a salad bowl or divide between two dinner plates. Sprinkle salad with goat cheese, onion and walnuts.
Crush pancetta and sprinkle on top of salad.
Dress with Balsamic Vinaigrette.
This salad is amazing and refreshing and so very simple. It serves two for a main course or four as a side dish.