December 3, 2010

Persimmon Salad


Fruit from our orchard. Lucky me.


The glum of early winter doesn't lower one's spirits so badly when there are persimmons around.

I'd never had a persimmon before becoming involved with our land three years ago. I had no idea that that under the waxy smooth skin of the orange beauties lies a succulent, spicy flesh. I've learned that the meat of the fruit is equally good when it is yellowish-orange and still a little firm and crispy or when its full reddish-orange ripeness quivers as it's spooned from the skin. Persimmons, in their full-on ripeness, have a honey-like flavor and texture. In their lesser ripe mode, they are more acidic, but still a lovely thing in every way.

Persimmons cut into slices or wedges, wrapped in proscuitto, drizzled with excellent olive oil and sprinkled with cracked black pepper is a phenomenal appetizer. Do try it if you can find a persimmon or two.

But try this salad first. It is perfect in the winter, and will lift your spirits just by looking at it.



Winter Persimmon Salad
Mixed greens
Two or three small persimmons, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced 1/4" thick
Crumbly white cheese (I used queso anejo here for its brininess, but really any white crumbly cheese would do)
Hazelnut dressing
*Handful of chopped toasted hazelnuts


Hazelnut Dressing
1/4 cup Sherry vinegar
1/2 cup l'huile do noisette (hazelnut oil)
2 teaspoons dark, flavorful honey
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste


Put all dressing ingredients in a recycled jar. Screw the lid on tight, and shake until the salt is dissolved.


Place salad ingredients in a bowl. Drizzle with hazelnut dressing. Toss, and serve.


*I didn't use the hazelnuts in this salad pictured, as hazelnuts showed up in another menu item. Stay tuned for my next post to see what great dish accompanied this salad.

9 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I envy that you can grow your own persimmons--love them. I just gave you a little blog award:

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  2. Oh, I see! This is awesome. My friend has persimmons - I'm going there this weekend. YAY! Definitely like the salad idea!
    LL

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  3. Lovely idea. I have my bread ready.

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  4. I love persimmons, prefer them ripe though...
    Wonderful salad and love that dressing :)

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  5. I have never had a persimmon but the beautiful pictures of your salad make me want to seek some out next time I'm in the big city.

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  6. I have two persimmons that have been waiting for me to be inspired - I think your recipe is the one! Beautiful in its simplicity and flavors.

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  8. I have just discovered persimmons through blogging, and bought one last week. It was on the crunchy side, but it was good. I could make the salad for Christmas, something different

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