My little Italian grandmother (my dad's mom, who was born and raised in Florence) has a persimmon tree in her backyard. Before I moved to New York, her persimmon tree was really my only access to persimmons. Because of that, every time I see them in the grocery stores up here, I feel a little nostalgic, and I get warm fuzzies in my heart.
I love persimmons. They're soft, sweet, and absolutely delicious. And, you now know, they remind me of home.
The crate of persimmons caught my eye this past week - probably because I was missing home and feeling a little sad about not being able to go home for Christmas. With just a little bit of improvisation, I created a delightfully light and tasty salad that I'd like to share with y'all.
- 1 cup arugula (you could also use spinach, if you prefer)
- 1 shallot, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp honey dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 12 unsalted raw almonds, diced
- 1/2 persimmon, sliced
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- Put the arugula in a bowl
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper until combined
- Add the sliced shallot to the dressing and mix until coated
- Add dressing to arugula and mix
- Top with almonds and persimmon
That's it! Such a simple and yummy salad. I like to pair it with a couple ounces of grilled chicken to create a nutrient rich meal with a great amount of protein, carbs, and fats.