This colorful, healthy salad recipe features persimmons--lightly sweet fruit, commonly grown in California, that ripen just in time to grace holiday tables. If you can't find persimmons, diced apples are a good alternative.
Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rice (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 3 days.
Two types of persimmons are available during the fall and winter. Flat-bottomed Fuyus are bright orange and the texture of an almost-ripe peach when ready to eat--perfect for salsas and salads, with or without the peel. Oval-shaped, darker orange and larger Hachiyas are only edible when almost liquid on the inside. The cinnamon-apricot-flavored flesh is used in baking or can be scooped out of the skin and eaten like custard. Underripe, they are off-puttingly tart. Both types take several days to ripen at room temperature.
about 1 1/3 cups
248 calories; protein 5.1g; carbohydrates 38.6g; dietary fiber 4.6g; sugars 13g; fat 9.7g; saturated fat 1.3g; vitamin a iu 2796.7IU; vitamin c 29.2mg; folate 59.2mcg; calcium 42.9mg; iron 1.1mg; magnesium 62mg; potassium 300.7mg; sodium 302.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg; added sugar 6g.