This Persimmon Salad has pears, grapes, and pecans, and this would be a perfect winter fruit salad! See notes in the recipe for other ingredient options.
During the holiday season there are so many rich or extra-sweet offerings, that sometimes a simple fruit salad can be just what you need to add a healthier dish to a holiday meal. The day I made this Persimmon Salad I tried it out on a few people at my brother Mark’s house, and it was definitely a hit.
Inspiration for this recipe came from the persimmons I got from Andrea, and a recipe for Fall Fruit Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette from Local Flavors (affiliate link) by Deborah Madison. I used the winter fruits I had on hand, and of course it wouldn’t be Persimmon Salad without persimmons, but see below for other suggested fruits. What I really loved here was the barely-sweetened dressing that blended with the flavors of the different fruits.
What are Persimmons?
Persimmons are a sweet delicious fruit that are available September to December in the U.S. Hachiya persimmon needs to be softened for a long time before it’s edible and is often served cooked. This salad uses Fuyu persimmon which are great eaten raw and somewhat resemble an orange tomato.
What ingredients do you need?
- Fuyu persimmons
- Bosch pears
- extra virgin olive oil (use a fruity oil for this)
- pomegranate-flavored vinegar (I used pomegranate-flavored red wine vinegar)
- Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link) or other sweetener
- pinch of salt, to taste
What other fruits can you use in Persimmon Salad?
- Use apples instead of pears if you prefer.
- Pomegranate seeds would be great in this salad.
- Fresh Pineapple would be good in this salad.
What other nuts can you use?
The salad would be great with walnuts, slivered almonds, or pistachios if you don’t have pecans.
How to Make Persimmon Salad:
(Scroll down for complete printable recipe.)
- I only had a few grapes hanging out in the fridge (and grapes aren’t especially a winter fruit, but they were good here.)
- My goal was to cut the persimmons and pears into same sized pieces. I made the pieces about an inch square, for a rather chunky-looking salad.
- The dressing is a combination of olive oil, pomegranate vinegar, and Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), with a dash of salt. Use whatever sweetener you prefer.
- Mix the fruit together, then gently toss with the vinaigrette.
- As a final touch, just before serving toss the salad with some pecans that have been cut into slivers.
More Fruit Salads with Persimmons:
- 4 Fuyu persimmons, cut in 1 inch cubes (or enough cut persimmons to make 2 cups)
- 3 Bosch pears, cut in 1 inch cubes (or enough cut pears to make 2 cups)
- 1 cup grapes, cut into halves or fourths if large
- 3/4 cup pecans, cut into half lengthwise to make slivers
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil (use a fruity oil for this)
- 1 T pomegranate-flavored vinegar (I used pomegranate-flavored red wine vinegar)
- 2 T Monkfruit Sweetener
- pinch of salt, to taste
- Whisk together the dressing ingredients so flavors can blend while you cut the fruit.
- Cut grapes, persimmons, and pears into same size pieces (about 1 inch size) and place in plastic bowl.
- Toss fruit with dressing. Just before serving, toss with pecan pieces.
Other fruits such as apples, pineapple, or even pomegranate arils could be used to replace any of these, but you need 5-6 cups of cut fruit.
I used Monkfruit Sweetener (affiliate link), but use any sweetener you prefer.
Recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from Local Flavors (affiliate link) by Deborah Madison.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 280Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 25mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 8gSugar: 28gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Persimmon Salad is too high in carbs for a low-carb diet, but it could be approved for phase 2 or 3 of the original South Beach Diet. However, this salad is mostly fruit, so I’d be sure most of my other food choices were vegetables or proteins on the day you’re eating this if you’re actively trying to lose weight.
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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
I posted this salad in 2009 when a blogging friend had sent me a box of persimmons! The salad was last updated with more information in 2021.