Lettuce Give Thanks

by Gavan on November 24, 2009

Lettuce Give Thanks

The countdown to turkey time is on, not to mention the nap that comes after it so I figured I’d give you guys a light healthy salad as well as an option for the veggies who might be headed your way. I’ve been doing a few things with persimmons recently (Persimmon stuffed turkey) since I got them in my CSA box. With my missus being a veggie I thought I’d make her a salad for lunch the last day so this is what the end result was. We grow our own lettuce so I have to say it’s quite cool being able to go out and just pick the lettuce from the back yard. The crunchiness of the persimmons are dynamite here as well and really work well with the other ingredients.

RECIPE:
Serves 4

1 large head of butter lettuce, Boston lettuce or any lettuce from your garden as I used
3 medium-size firm but ripe Fuyu persimmons – peeled & diced
1 ripe avocado – peeled & diced
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/4 cup chopped toasted hazelnuts

CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE
2 tablespoons Champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon shallot – minced
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 tsp agave
1/3 cup olive oil
S&P to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Combine vinegar, shallot, agave and mustard in small bowl or food processor. Gradually whisk in oil. Taste and season dressing with S&P.

Champagne Vinaigrette

Place lettuce in large bowl. Sprinkle with persimmons, cheese, nuts and avo. Drizzle champagne vinaigrette over the top and you’ve got yourself one gorgeous delicious Thanksgiving salad!

All recipes are made with the finest quality farmers market whole foods, natural and non-processed ingredients as much as possible.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Susieqhw November 24, 2009 at 1:52 pm

salad sounds yum, but what the hell is a persimmons (dont forget to translate the funny ones for us across the pond!)

Tanya November 24, 2009 at 7:25 pm

This combination sounds fantastic! Can’t wait to try i – love, love adding fruits to my salads.

Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. January 15, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I’m a big fan of eating seasonally and this doesn’t get any better.

Gavan Murphy aka the H.I. January 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Hey Who (Su)–
Forgot to get back to you re: what the hell a persimmon is. Truth be told I only tasted one for the first time this year and it was delicious. Origins of this fruit come from China but they’ve made their way west and are all over our Farmers’ Markets during their season (about over now). Maybe you’d find some next year at your farmers’ mkt, if they’re growing them across the pond by then. Try subbing a pear for the persimmon. Cheers big ears.

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