Raw Spinach and Pancetta Salad with Parmesan

Had this last night with some delicious fresh baby spinach from Primrose Vale Farm Shop.  Really simple and makes an excellent addition to all sorts of summer meals.


400g fresh spinach

3 rashers bacon or 50g pancetta

1 clove garlic

Splash of balsamic vinegar

Splash of olive oil



-Fry bacon and garlic in oil until crispy then remove from pan and allow to cool.

-Add balsamic vinegar to the pan and gently whisk to make a dressing.

-Put it all in a bowl and toss together.



Spinach nutrition isn’t just about the vitamins and minerals found within its leafy, green exterior. To be sure, it is loaded with such antioxidants as Vitamins A, C, E, K, B1, B6, minerals like potassium, calcium, zinc, and so much more. But, more than this, the major healthy properties of spinach are attributed to special substances it contains. For example, research has shown that spinach is packed with over a dozen phytonutrients.

These phytonutrients are potent substances that have properties that can fight cancer. In fact, extracts of spinach used by researchers have reduced the occurrence of skin cancers on tested animals and lessened cell division in stomach cancer cells. The incidence of breast cancer may also be cut with the consumption of spinach by women. For men, prostate cancer risk may be slashed because of a carotenoid substance spinach contains called neoxanthin. Women who are worried about osteoporosis should consume spinach because it is a rich source of calcium and vitamin K. For the millions of people who are concerned about cardiovascular health, the healthy effects of spinach are promising due to its free radical fighting antioxidants. More and more, a substance called homocysteine is believed to be just as an important marker of heart disease and high levels are also associated with elevated risks of stroke. However, one of the components of spinach nutrition is folate. Folate can help neutralize harmful homocysteine.

Do you suffer from arthritis? You’ll be glad to know that one of the healthy properties of spinach is that it harbors anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Are you worried about macular degeneration and other common eye diseases people get as they age? Spinach has lutein, which is a nutrient that has been extensively shown in Government studies to protect against not only macular degeneration but also cataracts.

Spinach has a long history of providing good nutrition. History books reveal that it was consumed in China in the 7th century and, later, in Europe by royalty.

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