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Kale and Persimmon Salad With Pecan Vinaigrette

Food Network Kitchen's Kale and Persimmon Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette
Food Network Kitchens Kale and Persimmon Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette, as seen on Food Network
Prep Time
30 min
Yields
8 - 10 servings

Persimmons are the perfect newcomer to the Thanksgiving table. Their subtle sweetness melds beautifully with the sharpness from the pickled shallots and the creaminess of the cheese in this pretty fall-inspired salad. There are two major types of persimmons that you might find at your local store: Fuyu, which are shaped like tomatoes and best eaten raw, and Hachiya, which have a more tapered shape and are better for baking (we call for the Fuyu variety here). If you can’t find persimmons, dried apricots plumped in orange juice will stand in nicely.

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ingredients

½
cup pecan halves
cup apple cider vinegar
1 ½
tsp honey
Kosher salt
1
medium shallot, thinly sliced
1 ½
tsp Dijon mustard
Freshly ground black pepper
cup extra-virgin olive oil
10
ounce baby kale (about 16 cups)
3
ripe Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into thin wedges
½
cup crumbled Gorgonzola
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directions

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spread the pecans out on a baking sheet and bake, tossing once, until very golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool and very finely chop.

Step 2

Meanwhile, whisk together ⅓ cup vinegar, ½ teaspoon honey and a large pinch of salt in a small bowl. Add the shallots and let sit at room temperature, tossing occasionally, until the shallots turn bright pink and are slightly pickled, about 10 minutes. Remove the shallots and set them aside (discard the liquid).

Step 3

Whisk together the remaining ⅓ cup vinegar, Dijon mustard, remaining 1 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper in a medium bowl. Slowly drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly, until the mixture is blended. Stir in the toasted pecans.

Step 4

Combine the kale, pickled shallots, persimmons and Gorgonzola in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

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