Spinach Salad with Fuyu Persimmon

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Fuyu persimmons (or Jiro or sharon fruit) look like bright orange tomatoes.  This crisp fruit is wonderful eaten raw (peeled or unpeeled) and can be diced and added to salads.   In season from September-December.

Compared to apples, persimmons have higher levels of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese.  They also contain vitamin C and provitamin A beta-carotene.

For a quick salad, start with fresh baby spinach, top with diced persimmon and a few crumbles of goat cheese, and pair with a balsamic dressing (1 part balsamic vinegar, 3 parts olive or flax oil, salt and pepper to taste).  Optional toppings: slivered red onion, sliced raw almonds, or…?  Let me know if you come up with any other great variations!

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