RECIPE

Persimmon winter salad

Serves: 4
Prep: 25 minutes
Cooks In: 5 minutes

Persimmon winter salad

This persimmon winter salad is great with white meat, or even as part of a mid-Winter Christmas celebration with turkey!

If you like this persimmon winter salad, you’ll also like this persimmon, pear and fennel salad. I also love persimmon as a dessert, like my honey-baked persimmons with vanilla and cinnamon. As you can probably tell, I love persimmon!

Persimmons 101:

  • The most common variety of persimmon in New Zealand is Fuyu, which has been here since 1873.
  • Fuyus are non-astringent and can be eaten raw or cooked. They are native to China and have a mild, not-too-sweet flavour.
  • Do not use the astringent type (Hachiya, identifiable by their pointy ends) for this recipe.

This recipe comes from the June/July issue of NADIA magazine

Ingredients

Print Recipe

  • watercress 1 bunch, thin stems removed
  • mixed salad leaves 80 grams
  • iceberg lettuce ½, washed and torn into pieces
  • red onion ½, finely sliced
  • haloumi 200 grams
  • olive oil 1-2 tablespoons
  • persimmons 2, washed

Buttermilk dressing

  • buttermilk ¼ cup
  • sour cream 2 tablespoons
  • wholegrain mustard 1 teaspoon (check label if eating gluten free)
  • garlic 1 clove, crushed
  • raw honey 1 teaspoon
  • extra virgin olive oil ¼ cup
  • fresh herbs such as marjoram, oregano, chives or parsley 2 tablespoons, finely chopped
  • lemon juice 1 tablespoon

Method

  1. Arrange watercress, mixed salad and lettuce leaves on a large, flat platter with sliced red onion scattered throughout.

  2. Cut haloumi into 3mm-thick slices. Heat a large, non-stick pan to medium-high heat, drizzle with the oil and fry haloumi for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden. Allow to cool.

  3. Remove the shallow core and leaves of the persimmons. Slice in half down the middle, then cut into thick wedges. Arrange on the salad leaves with the cooled haloumi.

  4. To make the dressing, whisk together buttermilk, sour cream, mustard, garlic and honey. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil, herbs and lemon juice. Add more seasoning to taste then pour over the salad and serve.

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