Winter Fruit Salsa

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Author Notes: This combination of bright fruit makes a great appetizer for a wintertime gathering. Pomegranate arils add tang and texture while persimmon flesh adds sweetness and substance. Rich avocado partly melts into a creamy binder when stirred in. The flavors are brought together with lime juice, shallot, serrano pepper, and a slightly unexpected herb and spice combination. Serve with pita chips or lavash, or consider using in place of a mango or pineapple salsa and serve it with pork chops or chicken.hardlikearmour

Food52 Review: WHO: hardlikearmour is an outdoorsy baker based in the Pacific Northwest.
WHAT: A salsa so good you'll want to eat it with a spoon.
HOW: Just dice, toss, and here's the important part -- give it some time for the flavors to mingle and make friends.
WHY WE LOVE IT: The union of sage, cinnamon, and chile will try and throw you for a loop, but don't let it. Give in. Chips optional but recommended.
The Editors

Makes about 3 cups

  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (2 large limes)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons minced shallot (2 medium-large cloves)
  • 2 persimmons, peeled and diced
  • 1 1/3 cups pomegranate arils (1 large pomegranate)
  • 1 large Hass avocado, flesh diced
  • 1 serrano chile, seeds and veins removed, flesh minced
  • 2 tablespoons chiffonade mint
  • 2 teaspoons minced sage
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Combine lime juice, salt, and minced shallot in a medium non-reactive bowl while prepping the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Dice the persimmon and avocado so the pieces are about the same size as a pomegranate aril. As ingredients are prepped, add them to the bowl, gently tossing to incorporate. When everything has been added, toss to blend.
  3. Allow flavors to meld 20 to 60 minutes before serving. This holds up for several hours, so is best made the same day. It tastes fine later, but the avocado gets a little ugly.
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about 1 year ago healthierkitchen

I missed this before but am now looking forward to persimmons so that I can make this! Sounds great!

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almost 2 years ago PistachioDoughnut

Congratulations HLA! If persimmons are still in the market, I would love to prepare this.

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almost 2 years ago ENunn

Looks amazing@

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almost 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations, hla! Looks great!

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almost 2 years ago Madhuja

Congratulations! I cannot wait to try this!

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almost 2 years ago Kukla

Many, many Congratulations on your win!!

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

Yahoo!! Congrats, Sara!! Can't wait to try this.

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almost 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Congratulations!! I look forward to trying this, so pretty!.

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almost 2 years ago boulangere

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Hip, hip, hooray!

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Woo woo! Congrats Sara!!!!

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almost 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

huge congrats, sara!! this looks marvelous!!

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almost 2 years ago nannydeb

Congratulations!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thank you all! I'm thrilled, and more than a little surprised. I also need to give some thanks to my sister -- she suggested the avocado and serrano pepper in the salsa. I will share my OXO loot with her!

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almost 2 years ago amber wilson | for the love of the south

Congratulations on your win!

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

Hooray -- many congrats on your win!

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Yahooooo! I cannot wait to try this next winter! ;)

congratulations hla!

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almost 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Many congrats to you HLA! Your salsa looks and sounds fabulous (like everything else you make!).

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almost 2 years ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Hurrah! Congratulations - you deserve it!!!

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yay!!! Congratulations on the win, this salsa is fantastic.

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almost 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations HLA! This looks soooo delightful. So perfectly refreshing for midwinter.

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almost 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats HLA!! Just seeing this now. This looks wonderfully refreshing!! And I love the addition of the sage.

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almost 2 years ago carbonarasuz

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The unexpected flavor from the sage was perhaps the best part of this recipe!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

I love that you liked the sage in it! I was definitely a little wary about adding it, but I thought it worked so just went for it.

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almost 2 years ago gingerroot

Yahoo! Congrats, hardlikearmour! I'm curious about your delectable combination...especially the sage, and I can't wait to try it.

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almost 2 years ago mrslarkin

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Yippeee! Well done, hla.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, all! I'm smiling from ear to ear!

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almost 2 years ago creamtea

Congratulations. If only I could pull this right out of the monitor, I'd eat it all.

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almost 2 years ago Midge

What a brilliant combo. Congrats hla!

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almost 2 years ago drbabs

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beautiful. congratulations.

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almost 2 years ago boulangere

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Warm congratulations on a lovely creation.

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the finalist nod, this is a fresh take on salsa, perfect for winter. Great recipe.

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almost 2 years ago vvvanessa

Oooh. I would totally eat this.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks, triple V. I've been having trouble with receiving email notifications of comments lately, so just saw yours.

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almost 2 years ago vvvanessa

I was hoping to see this as a finalist!

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

Yum - I missed this last contest! I love mixing persimmon and pomegranate, too.

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, hk! They really complement each other in flavor as well as appearance.

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almost 2 years ago healthierkitchen

and with the avocado you have the trifecta of color!

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almost 2 years ago EmilyC

This looks absolutely fabulous -- and so pretty, too! This would be great for a holiday party!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, EmC! I fully agree :-)

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almost 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow, what a great winter salsa. I think the pomegranate and persimmons are brilliant together, Really nice!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, sdebrango! I think they play nicely together, and the color combo is really lovely.