Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Escarole and Butter Lettuce Salad with Hazelnuts and Persimmons

Escarole and Butter Lettuce Salad with Hazelnuts and Persimmons
Happy Holidays! I know it’s kind of late but if you don’t have all your sides nailed down for your holiday meal; and you are looking for a salad, this is a great one. Today’s salad has escarole paired with butter lettuce which is sweet and mild in flavor. Escarole is often used as a vegetable in soup but is just as great in a salad. The leaves are thicker and more substantial than typical lettuce and can be slightly bitter. This salad is finished off with a white wine vinaigrette and dressed up with hazelnuts, persimmons and blue cheese. These flavors add a salty, nutty and sweetness that can’t be beat.

Season's greetings!

This recipe has been slightly adapted from the cookbook, “Vegetable Literacy” by Deborah Madison.



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Escarole and Butter Lettuce Salad with Hazelnuts and Persimmons

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Escarole and butter lettuce are paired together to create a delicious and elegant salad. Perfect for holidays and entertaining.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head escarole (cut off base and tear off green part of leaves, clean, dry and set aside)
  • 1 head butter lettuce (cut off base and tear off the smaller leaves, clean, dry and set aside
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon honey
  • 1/3 cup roasted and skinned hazelnuts, finely chopped
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled and cut into thin wedges
  • 4 to 6 slices blue cheese that’s easy to crumble

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place shallots in a small bowl or jar; add salt and vinegar and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Whisk in olive oil and honey. Set aside.
  2. When ready to serve; arrange escarole and butter lettuce leaves on plates, add hazelnuts, persimmons, and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette. Enjoy!
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Cheri Savory Spoon
Cheri Savory Spoon

Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

28 comments:

  1. The vinaigrette sounds so good. I will try that the next time I make salad dressing.

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    1. Thanks Tandy, the dressing was wonderful, take care my friend. Happy Holidays!

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  2. This looks fabulous, I actually just picked up my first persimmons of the season at the market today!

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    1. Hi Sara, I'm pretty new to persimmons but I really love the flavor, will be making more recipes with them. Take care, and Happy Holidays!

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  3. We love persimmon in our salads too. This seasonal salad looks simple and delicious, Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Angie, i really love the flavor and texture as well. Happy Holidays!!

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  4. I have not tried perismmon with salads but this is so yummy looking. Thanks for sharing, Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Karen, persimmons are wonderful aren't they. I need to figure out other ways in which to use them. Take care!

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  5. I think a delicious green salad belongs on the holiday menu. Yours looks terrific with the seasonal, not so ordinary additions! Merry Christmas, my friend!!!

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    1. Thanks Liz, we always have a green salad and a vegetable. This is the second time I have worked with persimmons and really enjoy them, they are soft and sweet. Merry Christmas to you and your family, wishing you the best.xoxo

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  6. What a great flavor combo, Cheri. Persimmon in salad is perfect and probably balances the more bitter escarole =)

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    1. Thanks Kim, very well said, it does balance the flavors. I make a lot of salads but this one is one of my favorites. Happy Holidays!!

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  7. A wonderful salad Cheri and it's exactly what I am craving these days. Love the dressing too. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Hi Tricia, I try and eat at least one salad a day, sometimes it is not possible but it's something to strive for. Take care and happy holidays xoxo

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  8. It is so nice to have something fresh to eat at this time of year!

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    1. Right, yes I've been trying to balance out the goodies and the salads. haha!

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  9. Beautiful salad, Cheri! After the holidays I'm sure we will be eating lots of salads :) Happy Holidays to you and yours, Cheri!

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    1. Thanks Susan, yes I bet we will. Happy Holidays!!

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  10. What a beautiful holiday salad, and Mark was just saying we need a good salad.,

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    1. Thanks David, I try and have at least one salad a day, sometimes thats a tall order. Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks Dena, Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

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  12. Hi Cheri, great combo.... your salad look so refreshing. Persimmon is my all time favorite. Thanks for sharing.

    Merry Christmas to you and family. Happy holiday.
    Amelia

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    1. Thanks Amelia, persimmons are my new favorite as they are pretty new to me. Can't believe it took me so long to try them. Happy Holidays to you!

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  13. Would you believe that I've never had a persimmon…I must give them a try after reading your description of them. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

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    1. Thanks Karen, I have not had much experience with them either, but they really are delicious. Happy Holidays!

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  14. Happy holidays to you, too! I've never made anything with persimmon, but I love your salad. It would make a great lunch during my week off work!

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    1. Thanks Beth, persimmons are my new favorite fruit. Happy Holidays!

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