Novice avocado and pancetta salad with pine nuts and balsamic dressing

This is a delicious salad that will visually impress your family and friends, as well as tasting great. Quick, simple and tasty – the novice chef’s mantra! The below recipe makes six portions


  • 12 pancetta slices (don’t by the cubes, they don’t really work for this)
  • 50g of pine nuts
  • balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 6 ripe avocados
  • 4 handfulls of spinach leaves


Avocado’s aren’t the cheapest item, but you can get six for around £4. The pancetta, depending on the quality, can be bought for £2-£3 – so while this isn’t the cheapest salad, you’re getting more than a garden salad, and serves six people.


  • Peel and quarter your avocado, if you don’t know how to do this, there is a good video by Chef Rich Jacobs on YouTube. Lay your avocado on a serving plate. You may wish to spread this out over two plates – your salad your rules.
  • Fry your pancetta in a frying pan until crispy and set to one side to cool. Turn the heat down and lightly toast your pine nuts in the same pan.
  • While the nuts cook, on top of the avocado, place your spinach leaves. Don’t be tight with your spinach, but don’t bury the avocado.
  • Place the pancetta neatly, or however you like, on top.
  • Your nuts should now be cooked, so sprinkle them on top of the salad and pancetta.
  • Drizzle over a good quality olive oil and some balsamic and season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • How good does that look?

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