While pomegranates are a great addition to a bowl of leafy greens, persimmons are the winter produce your seasonal salad is missing. From a vibrant fruit salad to a wintery take on caprese, these recipes showcase the sweet, juicy, and underrated fruit at its most delicious. And if you have any doubt that salads can be cozy comfort food, we're willing to bet these palate-pleasing recipes will persuade you once and for all.
Ahead are eight persimmon recipes to make before the winter fruit is out of season (because frankly, they're too good to wait for next year).
The Recipe: Cranberry, Persimmon, and Burrata Salad
The Standout Ingredient: The cranberry balsamic vinaigrette, which puts a seasonal twist on a classic salad dressing recipe.
The Pro Tip: "If you're totally not into the persimmons, you could always use crisp Honeycrisp apples or pears instead," offers Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "But really, you should give the persimmons a try!"
The Recipe: Vibrant Citrus and Pomegranate Winter Salad
The Standout Ingredient: The fresh mint. This slightly sweet herb adds a brightness to the salad that ties the flavors of all the fruits together.
The Pro Tip: Lindsey of Hello Glow has an easy trick for deseeding a pomegranate. "Working over a bowl set in the bottom of the kitchen sink, hold the pomegranate in your hand, cut-side down," she explains. "Hit the back of the pomegranate with a wooden spoon."
The Recipe: Persimmon, Fried Sage, and Goat Cheese Bites
The Standout Ingredient: The fried sage. This aromatic herb lends additional seasonal flavor to this palate-pleasing winter appetizer.
The Pro Tip: During the holidays, we keep this appetizer "in heavy rotation because it's sweet-salty perfection and so easy to put together [that] it's anything but stressful," says Lillian of Salt & Wind.
The Recipe: Cranberry Roasted Butternut Persimmon Salad
The Standout Ingredient: The fried goat cheese. No salad is complete without cheese, and this fried goat cheese will have you coming back for seconds.
The Pro Tip: "And while I'm calling the cheese fried, what I really mean is pan-fried," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "Sorry, I didn't go as far as deep-frying the goat cheese because that just sounded like too much work."
The Recipe: Pomegranate Avocado Salad With Candied Walnuts
The Standout Ingredient: The spicy maple candied walnuts, which balance out the sweetness of the persimmons and the pomegranate arils.
The Pro Tip: "It's a simple salad, but it is also full of bold flavors and so many textures," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. "I love the sweet fruits paired with the spicy walnuts and bold blue cheese—they're the perfect combo."
The Standout Ingredient: The orange miso dressing. Featuring shallots, orange juice, miso paste, and white wine vinegar, this simple dressing is packed with flavor.
The Pro Tip: "Consider this like the Little Black Dress of salads," says Aida of Salt & Wind. "It works in any occasion from a formal dinner party to a light lunch."
The Recipe: Roasted Persimmon, Burrata, and Kale Salad
The Standout Ingredient: The roasted persimmons, which just get sweeter and more flavorful after being in the oven.
The Pro Tip: "This salad is so tasty, and the sweet, roasted persimmons with the creamy, dreamy burrata and the light and crisp almonds… HEAVEN," say Teri and Jenny of Spoon Fork Bacon.
The Recipe: Persimmon Burrata Caprese Salad
The Standout Ingredient: The flaky sea salt, which helps bring out the sweetness of the persimmons in this simple but delicious salad.
The Pro Tip: "The tomato-shaped Hachiya variety is as at home in a salad as it is in a roast as it is in a dessert, thanks to its honeyed almost pumpkin flavor," says Aida of Salt & Wind.