persimmon salad

Persimmon, Goat cheese, Walnut and Duck prosciutto Salad is a great fall appetizer, just in time for the Persimmon season. Those fruits are quite similar to tomato in looks, although firmer and drier, you can eat then raw, with or without the skin, dried or cooked. They are both, tomato and persimmon, considered a “berry” because of their morphology. Some type of Persimmons are sweeter, other more astringent, but their inside is always composed with a beautiful star form, when cut horizontally, making them perfect for a good looking salad bed. The persimmons should be still firm when you buy them, Hachiyas variety is a little longer then the Fuyu type which is more of a flat pumpkin shape. The Fuyu persimmon is the sweet one and you can easily eat it firm, while the Hachiyas (the long one) is best if you let it ripe a few days on the counter before consuming, to get rid off its astringency.persimmonsaladpin

persimmon saladThe other elements of this salad are a cured duck breast / duck prosciutto , walnuts, goat cheese and a spicy touch of red onion. In the center, I’ve added some juicy tomato and finish it up with a one of a kind balsamic vinegar and a touch of olive oil. I believe the flavours were spot on, although I do not usually add a protein (meat) to my salads, although in this case the duck prosciutto really helped to lift the sometimes too soft/sweet taste of the persimmons and also the goat cheese helped contrasting the persimmon.

For the dressing, I’ve used a really special old balsamic vinegar I found in Italy last summer. An aged in 3 differents types of wood essences vinegar which is sweet, thick and aromatic. So if you do not own an old balsamic vinegar you can also use a simple balsamic cream. The last but not the least touch is a freshly pressed, unfiltered olive oil, since it’s season in Spain (where I’m currently living). Simple and sweet dressing for a great mix of flavours underneath.

So let’s make this fall salad!

Persimmon, Goat cheese, Walnut and Duck Prosciutto Salad

Makes 2-4 portions | Preparation: 10 minutes | Difficulty: low

  • Salpersimmon saladad mix of your choice
  • 1 persimmon (ripe but still firm)
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 red onion
  • goat cheese
  • walnuts
  • Duck prosciutto (cured duck breast)
  • Old balsamic vinegar, or balsamic cream
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Peel and cut the persimmon with a mandoline or knife, the thinnest cut, horizontally
  2. Add the slices in circle in the bottom of a big plate
  3. Add the tomato in the center, then the salad and finish it up with the rest of the ingredients
  4. Drizzle with a good balsamic vinegar or cream, olive oil, salt and pepper


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  1. This combination sound amazing and it makes me wish I had access to those fabulous European delis and markets that you do so I could find duck prosciutto! I’m pinning this one, and I’ll substitute regular prosciutto . . . thanks for a great recipe!

  2. What a great recipe. And thanks for all the info on persimmons. I’m totally enjoying eating them raw right now but I didn’t really know about all the types. I’ll have to keep a better eye out.

  3. This is such a sophisticated grouping of ingredients. It sounds delicious and looks spectacular.

  4. diversivore Reply

    WOW. That looks absolutely incredible, and I love the way you’ve balanced your flavours here. Luckily we can get duck prosciutto here in Vancouver (Oyama is an amazing European-style deli with incredible selection). Like you, I’m not normally big on adding meat to salads, but this sounds like a perfect place to use it. And I’m really glad you used persimmons! They have to be one of the most underappreciated fruits out there, and they’re really quite wonderful. I personally stay away from hachiya persimmons unless they’re incredibly soft, but fuyu is a wonderful variety and a lot easier to work with if you’re new to the fruit. Great recipe, great photos… great stuff!

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