Sunday, December 29, 2013

Shaved Fennel Salad with Pomegranate and Persimmon

Every now and then, one finds a life-changing cooking trick.

For example. There was life before the pomegranate hack. Life before the pomegranate hack consisted of, on average, oh-point-five pomegranates per annum per person in our household. In contrast, life after the pomegranate hack, at the present rate, is on track to exceed over 100 pomegranates per person per annum. (Surely the local pomegranate supply...or our paychecks...will run out long before then, however.)

To experience your own epiphanic culinary moment, arm yourself with a pomegranate, a wooden spoon, and this easy video tutorial.

Then, after you gorge yourself on an entire pomegranate or three, consider the many culinary excuses available for replenishing your dwindling supply. Like, for example, this salad.

1/2 fennel bulb
2-4 large handfuls mixed baby greens
3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sherry vinegar
1/2 pomegranate, seeded
1 ripe fuyu persimmon, sliced or diced
1 tbsp lightly toasted pumpkin seeds
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Shave the fennel (I use a carrot peeler to slice off thin pieces). Toss in a bowl of ice water and let sit in the fridge for at least 10 minutes to crisp, then drain and pat dry.

Whisk olive oil and vinegar together to form an emulsion. Add some pepper. Toss the greens with just enough vinaigrette to lightly coat. Add the fennel, toss a couple moe times, and arrange on salad plates. Sprinkle with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds, and garnish with persimmon slices.

Serves 2.

1 comment:

  1. I recently blogged about a pomegranate and persimmon salad. They are two of my favorite fruits and are almost Persian. Delicious. I wish I had thought to add fennel. The licorice flavor and crunch sound delectable. Pumpkin seeds are healthful and so hearty!