Frisée and Arugula Salad with Persimmon Vinaigrette
Yield: Makes 2 to 4 Servings | Total time: 15 min
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Back to persimmon. There's something about this fruit--its rich jewel-like color, the delicate floral flavor and silky texture that I can't get enough of in fall and winter. In the South, where I grew up, persimmons are baked into puddings and stirred into ice cream. Make sure to choose them ripe, otherwise they can be astringent and inedible. A very ripe "hachiya" variety is best with the top removed and the sweet jelly-like flesh scooped out with a spoon or, better yet, a thin sugar cookie or almond biscotti.
As for this salad recipe, I'm not a great fan of sweet or fruity vinaigrettes, but wanted to experiment with persimmon. Paired with hardier greens, like frisée, endive, spicy arugula, and escarole or treviso, persimmon really shines. Use a ripe fuyu for the salad itself and a very, very ripe Hachiya for the purée that will go into the vinaigrette.
- 1/3 cup very ripe persimmon purée*
- 2 to 3 cups baby frisée
- 2 to 3 cups baby arugula, sliced endive, escarole, or treviso
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, divided
- 3 tablespoons walnut oil, such as La Tourangelle
- Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon and Fresh ground black pepper
- Garnishes: Toasted walnuts, celery leaves, fresh mint leaves
- 1 ripe persimmon, sliced thinly
- *To make persimmon purée: Remove top of very ripe persimmon and scoop out flesh with a spoon; purée in a food processor; place in a medium bowl and set aside. Place washed and dried lettuces in a large bowl; set aside.
- Cook bacon until crisp. Remove all but 1 tablespoon bacon grease from pan. Turn off heat but while pan is hot, add shallots and stir. Add 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar. Pour hot bacon-shallot mixture into persimmon purée. Add remaining tablespoon vinegar and whisk in walnut oil. Drizzle lettuces with vinaigrette and toss gently.
- Divide salad among 2 or 4 plates. Garnish with fresh celery leaves, mint leaves, and toasted walnuts. Top with a slice or two of bacon, depending on how many servings you are making, and some persimmon slices. Season with flaky sea salt and a few cracks of fresh ground black pepper. Serve at once.
Date Published: December 13, 2012
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