A deliciously festive Persimon Salad with butter lettuce, shaved fennel bulb, pomegranate seeds and a bright and refreshing citrus dressing. The perfect addition to your holiday table!
Butter Lettuce Salad with persimmons, shaved fennel, pomegranate seeds, and a bright citrus dressing. Perfect for the holiday Table! Vegan and Gluten-free | #persimmon #feastingathome #butterlettucesalad #vegansalad #salad #holidaysalad #persimmonsalad #persimmonrecipe #christmasrecipes

I will love the light for it shows me the way. Yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. ~Og Mandino

To bring a little brightness and joy to your table this holiday season, serve this refreshing Persimmon Salad made with seasonal Fuyu Persimmons, pomegranate seeds and shaved fennel.
The delicious citrus dressing, with fresh oranges and limes, makes me happy every time I make it, infusing the kitchen with its bright and uplifting aroma.

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Citrus is an instant mood lifter –and just a little secret, persimmons and citrus love being together. It’s amazing what a little squeeze of lime juice does to Fuyu persimmons –completely transforming them, bringing out all their lovely tropical flavors and nuances. Give it a try. It wasn’t until I did, that I began to fully appreciate this lovely fruit.
Butter Lettuce Salad with persimmons, shaved fennel, pomegranate seeds, and a bright citrus dressing. Perfect for the holiday Table! Vegan and Gluten-free | #persimmon #feastingathome #butterlettucesalad #vegansalad #salad #holidaysalad #persimmonsalad #persimmonrecipe #christmasrecipes

To balance out traditionally heavy holiday dishes, I purposefully left out the cheese and nuts from this salad, but if feeling so inclined, roasted pistachios could work well here. So would crumbled goat cheese.

This salad is also very pretty served plated. Just layer the dressed lettuce between slices of persimmon. Finish with pomegranate seeds and orange zest.

 

Persimmon, pomegranate and shaved fennel salad with honey citrus dressing. vegan, gf | www.feastingathome.com
In this recipe, I’m using Fuyu Persimmons. If you are confused about the types of persimmons out there, read this!

The Difference between Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons:

  1. Fuyu persimmons are distinguished by their flat bottoms and squat shape,  and are at their best when just slightly soft. They will ripen after being picked, so allow them to sit on the kitchen counter for a couple of days until their flesh gives to the touch just a little. Fuyus are commonly eaten raw, often peeled ( but not always) and sliced and added to salads or salsas. If thinly slicing, the skin is not too noticeable. This is up to you. Fuyus are also great roasted.
  2. Hachiya persimmons are oval and elongated, like the shape of an acorn. They are mouth-puckeringly tart unless meltingly ripe. Unripe, they are full of tannins, almost like eating a very green banana skin, if you can imagine that. Totally inedible. But ripe hachiya persimmons are silky soft on the inside with a luscious jelly-like quality,  perfect for scooping out with a spoon or in baking bread and cakes. Hachiya persimmons are not the ones you want for this salad.  But if wanting to experiment with them, let them soften on the counter until they are very tender to the touch, skin darkened and almost wrinkled.  If they look perfect on the outside, it’s pretty safe to say, they are still unripe.
My first taste of persimmon as a child was of an unripe Hachiya. It destroyed me. It was one of the most disturbingly awful things I had ever tasted and it wasn’t until my early forties, that I let one near me again!
 Anyways, make sure to use Fuyu Persimmons for this recipe and you will be just fine!
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I love how the centers look like a bright star!
Butter Lettuce Salad with persimmons, shaved fennel, pomegranate seeds, and a bright citrus dressing. Perfect for the holiday Table! Vegan and Gluten-free | #persimmon #feastingathome #butterlettucesalad #vegansalad #salad #holidaysalad #persimmonsalad #persimmonrecipe #christmasrecipes
Thinly slice or shave the fennel bulb.
Persimmon, pomegranate and shaved fennel salad with honey citrus dressing. vegan, gf | www.feastingathome.com
Assemble the salad and spoon the dressing overtop.
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Butter Lettuce Salad with persimmons, shaved fennel, pomegranate seeds, and a bright citrus dressing. Perfect for the holiday Table! Vegan and Gluten-free | #persimmon #feastingathome #butterlettucesalad #vegansalad #salad #holidaysalad #persimmonsalad #persimmonrecipe #christmasrecipes
Whereever this finds you…I hope you have the happiest of holidays!
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A bright and cheery Persimmon Salad with fennel, pomegranate, butter lettuce and citrus vinaigrette.

Persimmon Salad with Citrus Dressing

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: salad, vegan
  • Method: Tossed
  • Cuisine: Northwest

Description

Persimmon Salad with shaved fennel, butter lettuce, pomegranate seeds, and a bright citrus dressing. Perfect for the holiday table! Vegan and Gluten-free.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 12 Fuyu persimmons, thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced red onion
  • 8 oz butter lettuce
  • ¼ Cup pomegranate seeds
  •  C pistachios (optional)
  •  C crumbled goat cheese or feta ( optional)

Citrus Dressing

  • 1 orange- zest and its juice- about ½ C
  • 1 lime –  zest and its juice- about ¼ C
  • 1 tablespoon  honey
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 tablespoon shallot very finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients together in a small bowl or jar. Set aside.
  2. Toss butter lettuce, fennel and onion with some of the dressing ( you may not need all).
  3. To platter the salad–  lay a bed of dressed greens on a platter. Scatter slices of persimmon over the dressed lettuce. Garnish with pomegranate seeds ( and pistachio and goat cheese if using), and spoon a little more dressing on the persimmons. Crack some pepper over top.
  4. To plate the salad -layer slices of persimmon with dressed lettuce fennel mixture, top with pomegranate.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 242
  • Sugar: 17.7 g
  • Sodium: 229.8 mg
  • Fat: 15.6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 25 g
  • Fiber: 4.4 g
  • Protein: 4.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 6.5 mg

Keywords: persimmon salad, vegan salad, winter salad, butter lettuce salad, holiday salad, christmas salad, solstice recipes, persimmon recipes, persimmon salad, fennel salad

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  1. Delicious! This was my go-to lunch salad in the midst of all the holiday eating. Thank you for this!

  2. Very interesting blog. A lot of blogs I see these days don’t really provide anything that attract others, but I’m most definitely interested in this one. Just thought that I would post and let you know.

  3. That is probably one of the most gorgeous salads I have seen in a long long time. I am a bit embarrassed to say, but I don’t think I have ever tasted a persimmon. I have to change that.What a great way to do it.

  4. I’ve never made a salad with persimmon’s before, this is definitely something that I need to try. I am just loving all the fresh and vibrant colours and flavours!

  5. Wow, your pictures just bring out the beauty of these fruits and veggies… So much light… Incredible!

  6. This salad is GORGEOUS!! All those colors are making my eyes all kinds of happy.
    AND all that health is making my way-too-full-of-cookies tummy happy too. Love persimmons! Pinned!

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Hi, I'm Sylvia!

Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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