Spinach Salad with Oranges Georgia Pecans and Pancetta

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Tender baby spinach leaves, available pre-washed and packaged in supermarket produce sections, are the best choice for this salad. Mature raw spinach is a bit too tough.

Ingredients:
  • 3 seedless oranges
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup toasted Georgia pecan halves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chopped pancetta (or smoked pork loin)
  • 1/2 cup prepared balsamic vinaigrette
Directions:

  1. Peel oranges and trim away white pith; divide into sections. Reserve 20 sections for garnish. Coarsely chop remaining sections. 
  1. Combine spinach, pecans, and the chopped orange in a large bowl and reserve.
  1. Over high heat, brown pork pieces on all sides. Add to spinach mixture. Add vinaigrette to hot skillet just to warm—about half a minute—then pour over spinach and toss well. Divide among plates and garnish with orange sections and pecan halves.

 

Nutrition information per serving—calories: 353; protein:9; carbs: 20g; saturated fat: 4g; monounsaturated fat: 11g; polyunsaturated fat: 11g; cholesterol: 12mg; fiber: 5g; sodium: 524mg. 

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