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persimmon and pomegranate salad // food to glowGreetings from Heathrow Airport! We are spending today {Boxing Day, the 26th} in transit: Edinburgh to London {7 hour layover!} to Washington DC, and then tomorrow on to my home state of Florida. I doubt very much we will be having anything desperately healthy, although Leon, The Perfectionist’s Cafe, {A Heston Blumenthal venture}, and The Gorgeous Kitchen look pretty promising. You can have a look at my Instagram feed for the unvarnished truth! Whatever the main course I am hoping to have room for one of Heston’s nitro ice creams – how food geeky does that sound?

But in any case I don’t think anything like this salad will feature.

Persimmons and pomegranates make a welcome – and crisp – change from the rich food most of us will have been indulging in over the past few weeks. And if you are American, probably since Thanksgiving! *pats expanded tummy*

Persimmons {Sharon fruit} have only just become a familiar sight in UK produce aisles, but their sweet honeyed crispness is a delicious addition to any winter salad. Packed with Vitamins A and C this tomato-looking fellow is at first a curious prospect to the uninitiated. Do you peel it? Do you just bite into it? Actually, depending on the variety you could do either. This berry disguised as a fruit comes in two main forms – Fuyu and Hachiya, the former being the more common and less fussy – just slice and eat. Enthusiasts in Japan would say that the paler, squatter Hachiya are the best, but that you need to catch them at the point of ripeness unless you like mouth-puckering acidity. In any case, the rotund, bright-orange Fuyu are what we get in the UK so that’s what I have used in this simple but not at all boring salad.DSC_0448

Coupled with uber-nutritious pomegranate – they are both replete with cancer and heart disease-fighting plant compounds – persimmons make for a bright and gorgeous pop of colour at this time of year. I am also using persimmons and pomegranates in smoothies, although mixed in with kale or other greens makes for a rather muddy-looking, “swampy” drink! More on that in #JumpstartJanuary!

persimmon and pomegranate salad // food to glow

persimmon and pomegranate salad with celeriac remoulade

Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad

  • Servings: 2-3 a a side dish
  • Difficulty: easy
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The key to simple salads such as this is best quality ingredients and a fab dressing. And this dressing is fab. I use it on quite a few salads, including grain-based ones. It calls for pomegranate molasses/syrup, but if you can’t get it just use some of the juice from the pomegranate fruit – it will be less intense but still utterly delicious.

2 handful of mixed salad leaves, including something ‘nippy’ like rocket/arugula {it is a good counterfoil to the sweet fruit and also aids digestion}

1 persimmon {Fuyu used here}

1 pomegranate {smooth skinned and not at all like wrinkled leather} – you will use half

1 ripe avocado

1 handful of walnuts or other nuts, lightly toasted for 8 minutes at 180C/350F, cooled

The Dressing

1 tbsp pomegranate syrup

3 tbsp best extra virgin olive oil

1/8 tsp of salt

1/8- 1/4 tsp cinnamon {try 1/8 first as some cinnamon is more flavourful than others}

twist of black pepper

 

1. Lay the salad leaves on a platter or in a bowl.

2. Slice off and discard the top of the persimmon; slice the persimmon into slim wedges. Add to salad along with the walnuts. Halve, stone and slice the avocado into the salad.

3. Deseed the pomegranate and add the seeds to the salad. Those of us who eat a lot of pomegranates will have our own methods to deseed them. I favour rolling the fruit on a countertop to loosen the seeds {it makes a horrible, bone-crunching noise!}, cutting it around its ‘equator’ then – over a wide bowl – bashing the fruit cut-side down in the palm of my hand. The seeds rain out of the fruit as you bash away. Quite therapeutic too! Other people cut from top to bottom and pull it apart, picking clumps of seeds {called arils} out by hand. Always throw away the white bits – hard and inedible.

4. For the dressing just add the ingredients to a jar, close the lid tightly and give a good shake. If it seems vey thick, slacken with a wee bit juice from a few of the pomegranate seeds, some water, or even a little lemon juice.

Serve with Christmas leftovers or with anything you fancy.

Here are a couple of other winter salads to consider trying:

Winter Slaw with Pears and Cranberries {no dairy!}

Celeriac Remoulade

Citrus and Winter Roasted Vegetable Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Kale and Roasted Cauliflower Salad with Pistachio Dukkah

Lemony Kale, Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Homemade {and easy} Vegan Parmesan

Moroccan Carrot Salad

Pomegranate, Pistachio and Sour Cherry Bulgur Wheat Salad

Warm Beetroot, Lentil and Pepper Salad with Halloumi Cheese {one of my first posts!}

moroccan carrot salad // food to glow

moroccan carrot salad

winter slaw with pears and cranberries // food to glow

winter slaw with pears and cranberries

 

 

 

 

30 thoughts on “Persimmon and Pomegranate Salad with Cinnamon Dressing

  1. nikkif181 says:

    This recipe is die for thank you for sharing it. =)

  2. Nicola says:

    Loving the colour of these salads. Happy travels.

  3. platedujour says:

    It looks stunning Kellie- as always! Safe trip and Happy Holidays for you and your family 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks so much, Marta. We are off to a Thai temple today for a look around and then to nosh our way through the street food stalls and fresh food market. And yes, this is all in Florida!

  4. Have a lovely trip…..enjoy all that sunshine 🙂
    Oh and the salad was delicious!

    1. Cheers, Seonaid 🙂 Have a wonderful New Years Eve xxx

  5. duran19 says:

    But I just SALAD WITH SATURATION I

  6. What a beautiful salad! Love the dressing!

  7. Must try this cinnamon dressing!! Wow 🙂

  8. lizzygoodthings says:

    Happy holidays lovely lady… and thank you for this gorgeous recipe!

    1. Thank you, Liz. I hope you are feeling better my friend. I will be in touch soon about your trip!

  9. ideacribber says:

    You take such beautiful pictures! The colors are so vivid! May I ask what camera you use? 🙂

    Persimmons aren’t that common in my country either, but I think I’ve tried the Fuyu variant before. I agree that it’s sweet and delicious. 🙂

    1. Thanks – an old Nikon D3000. I am hoping to get a new camera on this trip though – something to make up for my unsteady hands!

      1. ideacribber says:

        Nikon’s a good and reliable brand. 🙂 Thanks!

  10. What a lush winter salad! I must try the cinnamon dressing, it has captured my undivided attention. Happy Holidays!

    1. Happy Holidays to you too, Deb. Do you eat persimmons? I am thinking they must grow near where you are.

  11. Sally says:

    Have a wonderful trip. So much information about persimmons that I didn’t know. I’m craving all of those salads right now as a foil to rich food. Waiting eagerly for #jumpstartjanuary xx

    1. Thanks, Sally. I can’t wait for #JumpstartJanuary either. I have only been here one day and feel in need of a juice! I will blame water retention from too much flying 😉 I wonder how long I can get away with telling myself that?… Happy New Year xx

  12. STUNNING photography! Wow, this look beautiful!

  13. I love each persimmon & pomegranate by itself, but have never thought to put them in salad!!! I love it, and all the winter salads you suggest, Kellie 🙂
    I definitely is going to try this salad & winter slaw with pears and cranberries. They look so stunning 🙂

  14. abbypalen says:

    This recipe sounds glorious! It is perfect, as I have 2 pomegranates and persimmon on the table just begging to be used. The cinnamon dressing is unusual but at the same time absolutely perfect. This is a quaint little recipe that is absolutely perfect for these winter months!!

  15. Although I’m a hearty meat eater, looking at these salads I can see why it won’t be difficult to cross over to “the other side”. Enjoy your holiday!

  16. mihrank says:

    This is such wonderful, healthy recipe, thank you for sharing it!

  17. That looks fantastic – I don’t think I’ve ever eaten a persimmon but I’m making it a new year resolution to rectify that!

  18. esimisone says:

    I love what I have seen on your blog and I wanted to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can learn more on my page: https://drunkenworld.wordpress.com/

  19. Deena Kakaya says:

    My friend I hope that you had/ are having a wonderful and gorgeous trip. And cinnamon dressing? Wowsers. xx

  20. alifemoment says:

    This is definitely a really nice salad, so colourful, I like it 😊

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