Power Up: Spinach

Spinach is a very good source of zinc, dietary fibre, phosphorus, vitamin B1 and choline.

Power Up: Spinach

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Spinach Salad with Grapes and Pancetta

– Ingredients-


Makes 6 servings

2 bunches (10 oz.) spinach leaves, washed and dried
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
1/2 cup (4 oz.) pancetta or bacon
1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup red, black or green seedless grapes
1 cup red onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup (2 oz.) parmesan cheese, shaved or grated


– Directions –


  1. Place spinach in large bowl, set aside. In small bowl, combine balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. In large sauté pan, cook pancetta over medium-high heat until almost crisp, about 5-7 minutes. Do not drain fat.
  3. Add pine nuts and cook, stirring constantly for about 1 minute.
  4. Add grapes and red onions; continue to cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add balsamic dressing and bring to a boil, about 30 seconds.
  6. Turn off heat and pour hot dressing over spinach. Toss quickly to coat leaves.  Salad should be barely warm. Sprinkle with Parmesan shavings and serve.
– Nutritional Analysis –


Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 251, protein 10g; carbohydrate 9.7g; fat 20.3g;  cholesterol 22mg; sodium 491mg; fibre 3.3g.

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