Apple Persimmon Autumn Salad

For this tasty autumn salad,
I could almost write a ballad.

My love for sweet is no surprise,
This one won’t go to my thighs.

Persimmons, apples, nuts and greens,
I’ll still fit inside my jeans.

So what if sugar hugs the nut?
I’ll burn it ‘fore it hits my butt.

Just chewing has to count for some,
So fork it up and just say, “Yum!”

Time to put the shovel down,
Feeling stuffed and kinda’ round.

Staying slim a crazy dream,
Now I have a busted seam! ­čśŽ

Apple-Persimmon Autumn Salad

I am re-posting my favorite salad in time for the holidays. This is another one of my mother’s fantastic recipes.┬á The great thing about this salad is that you can change up the fruit, nuts and cheese to make it a year-round or seasonal salad. There really is no perfect recipe. Add whatever you like. In fact, pomegranate seeds make a great substitute, or addition, to the dried cranberries this time of year.

3 Hearts of Romaine – chopped

2 Celery Stalks – diced

2 Green Onions – no whites

2 Fuji Apples – peeled and sliced into thin squares

2 Fuyu Persimmons – peeled and sliced into thin squares

1 Cup Dried Cranberries or Pomegranate Seeds (or 1/2 and 1/2)

1 Cup Pecans or Walnuts – chopped

1 Cup Gorgonzola or Bleu Cheese – crumbled

2 Tbsp. Sugar

Dressing

1/2 Cup Light Olive Oil

1/4 Cup White Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbsp. Lime Juice

1 Tbsp.  Sugar

1/2 tsp. Salt

In a pan, roast the nuts with the sugar until they become caramelized.  Set aside to cool. Wash all of the vegetables.  Chop the romaine into bite-size pieces. Add the celery, green onions, apples and persimmons.  Pour on the dressing and gently toss. Add the cheese and nuts last and give the salad a few gentle tosses.  Serves 6.

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