Winter FruitĀ Salsa

November 28, 2012
6 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes about 3 cups
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

Test Kitchen Notes

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

What You'll Need
  • 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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I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.

39 Reviews

letsgetcooking April 22, 2021
Nice fruit salsa recipe. Follow more here too. https://www.lets-getcooking.com
Laura P. December 21, 2015
This was absolutely delicious! I brought it as an app for a friend's holiday potluck dinner. It was a huge hit because of its vibrant colors and bright flavors. It nicely balances out heavier holiday dishes.
healthierkitchen November 2, 2013
I missed this before but am now looking forward to persimmons so that I can make this! Sounds great!
Devangi R. February 26, 2013
Congratulations HLA! If persimmons are still in the market, I would love to prepare this.
EmilyNunn February 25, 2013
Looks amazing@
drbabs February 16, 2013
Congratulations, hla! Looks great!
Madhuja February 15, 2013
Congratulations! I cannot wait to try this!
Kukla February 14, 2013
Many, many Congratulations on your win!!
gingerroot February 14, 2013
Yahoo!! Congrats, Sara!! Can't wait to try this.
BoulderGalinTokyo February 14, 2013
Congratulations!! I look forward to trying this, so pretty!.
boulangere February 13, 2013
Hip, hip, hooray!
fiveandspice February 13, 2013
Woo woo! Congrats Sara!!!!
em-i-lis February 13, 2013
huge congrats, sara!! this looks marvelous!!
nannydeb February 13, 2013
hardlikearmour February 13, 2013
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!
amber W. February 13, 2013
Congratulations on your win!
EmilyC February 13, 2013
Hooray -- many congrats on your win!
mrslarkin February 13, 2013
Yahooooo! I cannot wait to try this next winter! ;)

congratulations hla!
TheWimpyVegetarian February 13, 2013
Many congrats to you HLA! Your salsa looks and sounds fabulous (like everything else you make!).
aargersi February 13, 2013
Hurrah! Congratulations - you deserve it!!!