The easiest way to peel persimmons is to cut the fruit into wedges and remove the peel from each wedge with a paring knife. We prefer nonastringent Fuyu persimmons in this salad. Serve with roasted pork or chicken.
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb (about 1 large bulb)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
4 persimmons, each cut into 6 wedges and peeled
1/4 cup (1 ounce) crumbled goat cheese
How to Make It
Combine first 6 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Add fennel, chives, and persimmons; toss gently to coat. Divide fennel mixture evenly among 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese.
An absolutely exquisite salad, which I wasn't even expecting! Never had persimmon before, and it was incredible - a cross between a non-fuzzy peach and honeydew melon. The thinly sliced fennel was perfect in the vinaigrette, and the goat cheese was just a creamy burst of yumminess to top it all off. My new favorite salad.
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