Easy Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe is a beautiful, tasty green salad made with arugula, goat cheese, and crunchy pancetta.

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If you’re looking for arugula salad recipes, serve this Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe fore a side salad for an elegant dinner party! Serve with fresh slices of lemon and your favorite sourdough bread!

Because my husband and I both travel quite a bit, it’s a continual shuffling of schedules, but we always come back to a quiet place, so enjoying the solitude of our mountain home. Home is where the heart is, they say. I would have to agree.

Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe

After our daily walks or hikes, we love to come back and eat salad for lunch! This Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe is one of our favorites.

Best Parsley Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe

I don’t know why, but I’m really into parsley lately. We can’t wait to grow this in our DIY Skinny Deck Gardening Beds this summer. Last year, parsley did not take off, but we realized it was in a shaded area. So bring on the sunshine and a lot of delicious parsley!

How to cook pancetta

Cook the pancetta like you would bacon (or, you can use bacon for this recipe).

  1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Cook until browned and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  2. Remove to a paper-towel-lined plate to remove any grease before serving!

And of course goat cheese makes everything good!

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I love this salad for St. Patrick’s Day, too, if you’re planning a dinner party! Here are more Arugula Salad recipes: Arugula Pasta Salad or Garlic Roasted Yam Arugula Salad.

Twenty-seven years ago yesterday Paul asked me to marry him. It was nothing too fancy (we were sitting on my awful, ugly JCPenny floral sofa – ha), but we were so excited for our new life ahead of us. Our wedding was simple, but filled with pews of people who loved and cared about us, excited for our new life together.

Love is not flashy

As much as we both travel, we treat marriage as serious business. It’s our love story, and we prioritize our time together, often thinking of new things to do, or places to go, even on the most mundane days. Love is not flashy. But we make the most of our days together, and for this I am truly grateful.

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Enjoy a salad together

Even eating a new salad together at lunch counts, either in the back of our house in the sunshine, or inside by the fire. We take a break, and know that being connected together in a deep way is one of the key elements to success. We will never be too busy to make time for each other. Marriage is not about looking good on the outside, buttoned up and tidy and perfect on social media. (We all know how social media makes us look, perfect, right?) We are truly committed to writing a little bit of our story each day. And how wonderful that our 3 kids in their 20’s get to observe and take notes for their own lives.

Today? We’re enjoying a salad together for lunch.

Happy 27th year engagement day to my dear man, Paul. And may you, dear reader, be encouraged to do something a little different or out of your comfort zone for your significant other today!

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Pancetta Arugula Salad Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 2 -3
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  • 4 oz. pancetta
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 lemon, juiced and zested
  • 2 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly shaved
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • Heat a medium sauce pan. Add pancetta and cook until edges are golden brown and fat has pooled from the bottom.
  • While pancetta cooks, zest lemon and then juice it.
  • In large salad bowl, place arugula and parsley. Using a slotted spoon, place pancetta on top, along with crumbled goat cheese, and red onion.
  • Place excess fat from pan in small bowl, and whisk together with lemon juice, a pinch of salt, and a dash of pepper.
  • Pour over salad, and garnish with a few pinches of lemon zest. Serve immediately.
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More arugula recipes: How to make arugula pesto [FoodieCrush], Slow Cooker Sausage Arugula Lentil Soup [Melanie Makes], and Arugula Berry and Goat Cheese Salad [RecipeGirl].