My dad loves to send me a fruit basket with seasonal fruits every now and then. This time he sent me a dozen of Fuyu Persimmons among other fruits. Persimmon are native to Japan and available this time of the year(mid fall to winter). This tomato look a like is firm,crispy and delicately sweet with one seed in the middle. Unlike it’s astringent counterpart Hachiya, Fuyu is very versatile and eaten before it is over ripe. But make sure you do not eat a green persimmon. It should be either deep yellow, orange or orange red.Fuyu can be used in cakes,puddings,pies,salads or as an ice cream topping. I wanted to make a cake or pudding but I remembered my ‘going vegan‘ week and settled for a salad. The cake can wait for next week 🙂
This is a completely vegan salad which I put together with a lebanese dressing and it was amazing. Every ingredient which goes in this salad is absolutely healthy and comes with its benefits. If you are planning to go for something healthy and delicious,this salad is a must try. Adding beans to the salad makes it healthier and filling. You can add or subtract the fruits according to your taste and availability. I would normally add fresh strawberries to this salad but they were not in the basket 😉 so I gave them a miss. Persimmon have some amazing health benefits which you can find here .
Day 2: Mission accomplished
Persimmon Red Grape Pear and Two Bean salad
- 1 cup overnight soaked and boiled garbanzo beans
- 1 cup overnight soaked and boiled red beans (kidney beans)
- 1/2 cup sweet corn steamed or boiled
- 1 cup red grapes seeded and halved
- 1 cup chopped pears
- 1 cup chopped fuyu persimmon
- 1 cup chopped strawberry
Ingredients for dressing:
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
- juice of 1 medium lemon
- salt and pepper to taste
- zatar (optional)
Toss in all the ingredients of the salad in a big bowl.Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Drizzle the dressing on the salad and toss well. Keep in the fridge for half an hour so that the salad soaks in the flavours of the dressing.
Note: I like to keep the peels of the fruits on because it makes the salad crunchy. You can peel them if you like.