I love turning to seasonal produce in recipes like this Mediterranean Persimmon White Bean Kale Salad, which is 100% plant-based (vegan) and gluten-free. The earthy flavors of white beans, kale, and walnuts with sweet, crunchy persimmons shine through in this Mediterranean-inspired salad, which is as easy as one, two, three! It’s hearty enough to pair with a flavorful soup, such as my Vegetable Barley Soup, for a satisfying meal. Plus, it’s rugged enough to meal prep and pack away for on-the-go meals during the week.
Persimmons are in season late summer through early winter, and offer such a unique flavor, color, and texture to cool weather recipes. That bright pink-orange color is a calling card for persimmons’ nutrition power, compliments of phytochemicals. The beans offer a nice dose of protein, fiber, and essential vitamins and minerals. The kale is packed with essential nutrients, too. And the walnuts offer a punch of heart-healthy fats. What’s not to love about that nutrition combination! In fact, I brought this salad to my Thanksgiving potluck this year and it was a huge hit. You can easily substitute a different bean for the white beans, such as chickpeas or black beans, and a different nut for walnuts, such as hazelnuts, pistachios, or almonds. Follow along with my recipe video below to learn how to make this easy, yummy salad in minutes, with only 7 ingredients (not including pantry staples).
Here’s a note about persimmons—there are two main types of persimmons—hachiya (pictured above at the farmers market) and fuyu (pictured with my salad). The fuyu, are squat and round, looking a bit like an orange tomato. These can be eaten crisp before they are fully soft and mature. These are the types of persimmons that work best in recipes like this. Hachiya persimmons must be eaten soft and ripe, so they aren’t good in salads.