Persimmon Salad With Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fresh and delicious Fuyu persimmon salad made with candied pecans, pomegranate arils, goat cheese, lightly coated with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a fantastic addition to your holiday meal plan.

Persimmon salad on a teal plate.

Fuyu Persimmon Salad

Are you starting to plan your holiday menu? I’m planning on several options.

Option 1 will be a menu for Alan and me, and the option 2 will be a menu for up to eight.

Although I’m hoping for a full house, I’m trying not to have any expectations. I mean, heck, it’s been a year of unpredictability, right?

What about you? Are you all set? I think the key for me is to remain flexible during the holiday season.

Each year my family has a list of must have dishes that we each look forward to.

Family favorites are my sweet potato casserole loved by all, and keto green bean casserole, which is my must have dish.

Both dishes are delicious and quite filling, so the rest of the side dishes will be a little lighter.

For instance, the roasted fingerling potatoes I shared earlier this week, and the persimmon salad I’m sharing today are on the lighter side.

Fuyu and Hachiya Persimmons


Persimmons are a seasonal fruit that are available from late September through December in the United States.

There are two varieties of persimmons; Fuyu and Hachiya. For this recipe we use the Fuyu variety, which are shaped like little pumpkins.

I explain the difference between the two varieties in my persimmon cookie recipe.

sliced fuyu persimmon on a white cutting board.

What do persimmons taste like?

If you haven’t had persimmons, then you are in for a treat! There really is no other fruit like them.

Hachiya persimmons are sweet with a jelly like texture when super ripe.

The skin is edible like a peach and comes off easily. Although you can peel the skin off if you would like.

The fuyu has a slightly thicker skin, but also edible and just as sweet as the hachiya persimmon. The fuyu is easy to slice and holds up well in salad.

Fresh persimmon salad in a brown wood bowl.

Ingredients needed to make persimmon salad

You will need the following ingredients for the salad:

  • Mixed salad greens like any of the following; spinach, arugula, green oak, radicchio.
  • Fuyu persimmons sliced. I left the skin on, but feel free to peel it if you prefer. Check out how to cut persimmons in this post.
  • Goat cheese
  • Pomegranate arils
  • Maple glazed pecans – these can be made several days in advance or purchase them pre-made.

For the balsamic vinaigrette you will need the following ingredients:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
Ingredients to make persimmon salad

Salad With Persimmons & Balsamic Vinaigrette

For this recipe you will want to assemble and dress the salad just before serving.

Although I make the balsamic vinaigrette several days in advance.

You can also slice the persimmons and deseed the pomegranate in advance. Also, I highly recommend making the homemade glazed pecans (5 minutes!) instead of purchasing them.

As I mentioned already, these can be made ahead of time too.

A jar with a gold lid filled with balsamic vinaigrette.

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

This balsamic vinaigrette brings all the flavors of this salad together.

A little tangy with a slight undertone of sweet. So delicious over greens!

This dressing will coat at least three to four salads, so there is plenty to pass around the table for those that would like to use more on their serving.

Just start out lightly dressing the salad with several tablespoons so you don’t overly saturate the salad ingredients.

Fresh green salad greens with persimmons.

Add vinaigrette ingredients to a jar with a lid

To make balsamic vinaigrette add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt & pepper to a jar and cover with a lid.

Shake until well combined. The honey helps emulsify the ingredients, but there will still be a separation of the oil and vinegar.

Just shake again or whisk the ingredients before serving.

Hope this persimmon salad becomes a favorite dish on your holiday table.

Be sure to check out the side dishes below. My friends are serving some tasty recipes too!

Green salad with persimmons, pecans and goat cheese.
Top view of a brown wooden bowl filled with persimmon salad.

Persimmon Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Fresh green salad with persimmons, pomegranate arils, goat cheese and candied pecans over a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. Delicious side dish although you may enjoy this as the main.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dressing, holiday, persimmon, pomegranates, salad, side dish
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 289kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer




  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper



  • Place olive oil, balsamic vinegar, honey, garlic, salt and pepper in a jar with a screw top. Shake until well combined. Taste and adjust if needed.


  • Place greens in a large serving bowl.
  • Add 1/4 cup of balsamic vinaigrette to salad and gently coat the greens.
  • Top with persimmons, pomegranate arils, pecans, and goat cheese. Gently fold ingredients to distribute through the salad.
  • Add additional dressing to suit your preference.
  • Enjoy immediately.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 187mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 9g


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Holiday Side Dish Recipes:

Step by step instructions on how to cut and dice a persimmon.


Fresh and delicious Fuyu persimmon salad made with candied pecans, pomegranate arils, goat cheese, lightly coated with a homemade balsamic vinaigrette. This salad is a fantastic addition to your holiday meal plan. #persimmon #holidaysalad #HolidaySideDishes
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  1. I forget about persimmons, this salad looks so fall like with those pomegranate arils, persimmons contrasted against the spring greens. Now I’m going to be on the lookout for persimmons! Thanks for a great recipe.