Autumn Salad of Pears, Persimmons, and Pomegranites with Pecans

Serve this composed salad as a first course in the autumn for any occasion, it is beautiful and delicious. Remember to always dress all the elements of a salad!


  • 3 Tbs. sherry vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 2 shallots, peeled and minced
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 ripe Fuyu persimmons (little firm persimmons)
  • 3 ripe d’Anjou or other pears
  • 1/2 pomegranate
  • 4 bunches watercress or arugula
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/2 lb. fresh pecans


To prepare the vinaigrette, mix together in the bottom of a large bowl the sherry vinegar, mustard, shallots, salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.

Slice the persimmons and pears thinly. Place in a medium bowl and sprinkle with lime juice. Add the seeds of the pomegranate. Wash and trim the greens, place in a clean towel in the fridge until ready to use.

Place the nuts in a dry small frying pan, and toast over medium-high heat,tossing gently from time to time.

When ready to serve, toss the persimmon and pear slices lightly in the sherry vinaigrette and set aside. Then, toss the greens in the vinaigrette and arrange on six plates, arrange the fruit on top of the greens and garnish with the nuts.