Thanksgiving recipe video and tips: Fuyu persimmon salad

If you’re planning a rich multi-course feast for the holidays (and why shouldn’t you be?), it’s probably a good ideas to start it off with something light, crisp and fairly simple. This salad from The Times’ Russ Parsons, made with Fuyu persimmons, is just the thing.

Russ demonstrates the recipe in the video above, and you can find the recipe below.

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Total time: 40 minutes | Serves 8

Note: Fuyus are the small, crisp persimmons. They’re only slightly sweet, so when paired with an assertive vinaigrette, they make a refreshing salad.

    2 pounds Fuyu persimmons
    Juice of 1 lime
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 serrano chile, seeded and minced


    1 tablespoon walnut oil
    1/4 cup pomegranate seeds (about 1/4 pomegranate)
    3 tablespoons chopped walnuts, toasted
    2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1. Cut off the tough green calyxes and slice each persimmon in 10 to 12 wedges.

2. In a small lidded jar, combine the lime juice, cumin, about half of the chile, a dash of salt and the walnut oil. Tightly cover and shake hard to mix well. Taste the dressing on a small piece of persimmon. There should be just enough chile to add a suggestion of heat. If you’d like it hotter, add more and shake again.

3. Combine the persimmons and the dressing in a work bowl and toss to coat well. Turn the salad out into a decorative bowl and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds, walnuts and cilantro. Taste and add more salt or lime juice if necessary.

Each of 8 servings: 185 calories; 39 mg. sodium; 0 cholesterol; 4 grams fat; 0 saturated fat; 40 grams carbohydrates; 2 grams protein; 0.30 gram fiber.


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