This recipe was first inspired by The Tante Marie Cooking School Cookbook. The addition of candied walnuts and blue cheese are two components I like in other salads I've had at restaurants. I decided to poach the persimmon in a ginger simple syrup when I realized it was too astringent for my taste. The pomegranate salad dressing was inspired by all those little tasty jewels I so meticulously picked out without getting my white t-shirt stained :) —nieceboo
Make candied walnuts first. Mix 2T sugar, cinnamon, and cayenne in a bowl and set aside. In a saute pan, heat brown sugar and water until sugar is dissolved and begins to thicken.
Add blanched walnuts and half of the spice mixture and toss in pan until coated. Spread on a sheet pan and sprinkle with remaining spice mixture.
Prepare pomegranate vinaigrette. In a blender, combine 1/4 c of pomegranate seeds, raspberry vinegar, white balsamic vinegar, and agave nectar. Blend.
Slowly add vegetable oil in a steady stream until blended. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the skin from the persimmon. Slice about 3/4 inch thick and lightly poach in simple syrup (1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c water, 2T ginger) until softened. Drain and cool. You can skip this step and just used raw, sliced persimmons.
In a bowl toss springs mix and pomegranate vinaigrette, persimmons, apple pears, and remaining pomegranate seeds. Top with spiced candied walnuts, and blue cheese.