Warm Rocket Salad

Warm salads can be blooming amazing or a complete disaster. First, you have got to get your hungry guests around the table before you plate[ up, so as soon as their bums are on the chairs, you are tossing the warm ingredients in with the rocket leaves. Boom, boom, boom on a plate and it's in front of them.]

Total Time:
20 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
15 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 medium red onions
  • 8 whole rashers (slices) pancetta or smoked streaky bacon
  • Olive oil
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • A good handful pine nuts
  • 4 big handfuls rocket (arugula)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • A piece of Parmesan, for shaving
Directions

Peel, halve, and quarter the onions then quarter again, to give you 8 pieces from each onion. Heat a frying pan and fry off the rashers of pancetta until crisp. Add a couple of lugs of olive oil to the pan, and add the sprigs of thyme, the onions, and pine nuts with a pinch of salt. Toss around and fry on a medium heat for about 5 minutes until caramelized and sweet (not black!).

Then, throw everything into a salad bowl with the rocket or any nice salad leaves. Drizzle generously with balsamic vinegar, this will make a natural dressing as it mixes with the olive oil. Serve with some shaved Parmesan over the top, you can use a potato peeler to do this. Munch away.


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