May 26, 2011

Mizuna, persimmon and pomegranate salad with orange dressing


The other night, when I had already finished cleaning up in the kitchen after dinner, something made me stop what I was doing and just take a good look around. I felt so content looking at the beautifully green avocados from my partner's parents' garden, a bunch of vibrantly red parrot tulips in a simple glass vase and the bright orange persimmons I had bought from a farm we visited recently. As I switched off the kitchen light I had a smile on my face just thinking of all the recipes I could use those persimmons for.


The following morning I picked up a bunch of mizuna greens from the farmer's markets. I love it's mustardy flavour and I thought it would go so well with the persimmons, the oranges and the pomegranate I also happened to have at hand. This is such a simple salad, but the fresh ingredients and the lovely combination of flavours makes it a perfect dish to serve at any occasion.


Mizuna, persimmon and pomegranate salad

1 bunch mizuna greens, washed and shredded
2 persimmons, thinly sliced 
small handful cashew nuts, toasted
1/2 pomegranate, seeds

:: orange dressing ::

1 orange, juice and zest
1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
2 tablespoons fruity extra-virgin olive oil
pinch of salt

1. Scatter the mizuna, persimmons and the cashew nuts on a platter. Sprinkle over the pomegranate seeds. 

2. Mix all dressing ingredients together in a small bowl. Drizzle the dressing evenly on the salad. Serve immediately.  

38 comments:

  1. That is such an original salad! I love the addition of persimmon. Heavenly!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Ihana salaatti! Tätä täytyy tehdä sitten kun persimmoneja taas saa.

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  3. I just Stumbled from Sylvie's blog... Gorgeous blog with beautiful pictures....:)
    Ohh I loved ur collection of vintage tablewares... used in photos...

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  4. Tämä nostattaa veden kielelle!
    Ja mikä ihana parveke sinulla onkaan hyötykasveineen, kätevää.

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  5. That is THE most beautiful salad. Maria, do you know I have never eaten a persimmon! Nope, I need to get it on the list of must trys. Also, you have to tell, do you eat all of the seeds of the persimmon. I've heard yes and then I've heard no so I am curious. Alway curious!

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  6. Gorgeous colours in this, Maria. I bet the flavours didn't disappoint either!

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  7. Gorgeous salad, what a feast for eyes? Looks too delicious.

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  8. I'm not a huge salad person, but then again, it is rare to come across one this beautiful! How completely lovely this looks!!!
    *kisses* HH

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  9. Such a beautiful salad! The only way I've seen persimmons used is in baked goods - glad to see a fresher take on them =)

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  10. If a salad can be absolutely gorgeous, then this one is it!

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  11. Beautiful combination, so poweful images!
    Love the salad.

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  12. That plate of salad is not only healthy but also so colorful to look at. I like pretty looking food :)
    Isn't it amazing how you suddenly come up with recipes at the weird hours ..

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  13. Beautiful looking salad and I can imagine the combined flavours would be superb.

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  14. that looks so tasty and healthy!

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  15. In my opinion Persimmons are so underated. You have done a beautiful job of promoting them. Lovely pics as always.

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  16. Love the combination of persimmons and pomegranates--such great flavors and colors!

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  17. I love the colours in this salad! I didn't know that you can get mizuna in Australia. Who says salad has to be boring?

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  18. Isn't it the best to know you have some beautiful ingredients on hand and go to bed dreaming about all the wonderful things you can make with them the next day? Bliss.
    PS My mum adores pomegranate and since she is vegetarian she will love this recipe! Thanks!

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  19. Looks so beautiful. I was not sure what to do with persimmon. I have seen them popping up at the markets, are pomegranates in season now, i have found them hard to find (unless imported). have to try this combination.

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  20. Love the colors in this salad..even suitable for summers in this part of the world..Loved the first picture!

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  21. The colors are glorious in that salad. I'm going to have to remember this one for when Thanksgiving rolls around. ;)

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  22. The food combination here is genius, and I LOVE tht dressing! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  23. What a gorgeous looking salad! I always look at persimmons in the greengrocer but am never quite sure what to do with them, but this looks like a wonderful way to enjoy them. I especially love all the colours in the salad!

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  24. We buy mizuna every Saturday from our favorite farmer at the organic farmers market in Budapest. I'm in search of new salad recipes and this is a great one. Persimmons is an exotic fruit for us and you can't buy it all the time that's why I would make this salad with juicy peach instead of persimmons. Yum!

    Great recipe Maria! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. I'm slow when it comes to salad greens...I don't think I have seen mizuna before. I have tried arugula very recently - do both of them have similarities in terms of peppery and mustardy kick? ;p

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  26. What a lovely and colorful salad this is! Maria love the gorgeous and sumptious ingredients you have used in the salad. It's right up my alley with the fruity, nutty and mustrad-y notes.

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  27. Peppery greens, tangy pomgranate and sweet, sweet persimmons... your salad must of been divine! So beautiful and I love the splatter of juices on your dish. :)

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  28. Love the little jeweled bits of pomegranate - gorgeous!

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  29. such a beautiful color palette for autumn. And the flavor combination sounds divine!

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  30. This looks soooo beautiful! Love the colours in this! it's summer where i live right now and looking at this salad i am craving for a bowl full of salad right now!

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  31. The colors in this salad are absolutely stunning!

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  32. Your salad is quite beautiful. When I can round up the ingredients I want to give it a try. It sounds delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  33. What beautiful colours! Delicious! I'd love to try some Persimmon, I don't think I've ever had it before.

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  34. Gorgeous looking salad! Looks so colorful and fresh--Loving the dressing :)

    Aldy.

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  35. A lovely salad, bursting with flavors and original to boot!

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  36. Hi Maria! Your plate is always colorful and I can sense the freshness! I can't believe farmer's market sells Mizuna there. Here, I can only find it in Japanese store, and it's SO expensive. But I have this eel recipe that I really need mizuna, so I buy it without a choice. I can tell these persimmons are so juicy inside. It's kind of strange to say "juicy" but from the cut of the persimmons we can see the moisture and I bet it's very sweet! Here it's summer fruits season, but by looking at your pictures, all the sudden I miss fall/winter fruits! :-) Lovely, lovely dish!

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  37. Serious Persimmon envy! One of my favorite fruits, it will be a few months yet 'til they're back around these parts. This looks delicious, and the photos are stunning - as always.

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