Serves: Makes 4 to 6 servings
- 1 large shallot, minced
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons walnut oil
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- ½ large fennel bulb
- 2 ripe but firm Fuyu persimmons
- ¼ pound mixed baby salad greens
- ⅔ cup walnut halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
- To make the dressing, put the shallot and vinegar in a small bowl. Whisk in the walnut oil and olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Halve the fennel bulb again lengthwise. With a mandoline or other manual vegetable slicer, or with a sharp chef's knife, slice the fennel crosswise as thinly as possible.
- Cut out the persimmons' cap, then peel the persimmons and cut in half through the stem end. With the mandoline or other vegetable slicer, or with the sharp chef's knife, slice each half crosswise as thinly as possible. Remove any black seeds; some persimmons have them, some don't.
- Put the baby greens, fennel, persimmons, and walnuts in a salad bowl and toss gently to mix. Add just enough dressing to coat the salad lightly; you may not need it all. Taste for salt, pepper, and vinegar. Serve immediately.