Cherry Feta Salad


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1 small shallot, minced
1 1/2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
3 1/2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. water
2-3 sprigs fresh mint, finely chopped (about 1 tsp.)
Salt and freshly ground
black pepper


1/4 pound pancetta (about 1/2-inch thick slice), diced
6 cups mache (3.5 oz.), rinsed and thoroughly dried
1/2 pound California Bing cherries (about 2 cups), rinsed, pitted and quartered
1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced or shaved
4 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup hazelnuts or almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)



  1. Mix the shallot and vinegar in a small bowl.
  2. Whisk in the oil, then the water. Add the mint;
  3. season to taste with salt and pepper.


  1. Sauté the pancetta in a medium skillet over medium-low heat, stirring on occasion, until crisp, 5-8 minutes.
  2. Combine the mache, cherries, fennel, and warm pancetta in a large bowl. Toss with the dressing.
  3. Divide between plates and scatter each salad with goat cheese and nuts, if using.

Serves 3-4