So my daughter and I love to watch Chopped on Food Network. We just finished the Beat Bobby Flay Championship. If you haven’t seen it, it was a great episode and I encourage you to watch. It was an Asian inspired episode and it was lunch time for me.
So post-episode I wanted to challenge myself to whip up a little appetizer using a paring of ingredients that I hadn’t tried before and I wanted it to be quick. In sticking with the Asian theme I remembered that we have two Asian fruits on hand – persimmons and Asian pears plus there are apples. A fruit salad it will be. And let me just tell you, it may be the easiest fruit salad ever.
1/2 an Asian Pear
1 Asian Persimmon
1 Small Fuji or Green Apple
1 Tbls Mayo
1 – 2 Teaspoons Whole Grain Mustard
1 Teaspoon Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 – 1 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
Take a small Fuji or green apple, one Asian persimmon (they are the shorter firm ones) and half of an Asian pear. Peel and dice them into similar sizes. Then add them to a bowl sprinkle them generously with some salt or to your liking. The salt will get the natural juices to come out. Next toss the fruit with a tablespoon of mayonnaise, about one to two teaspoons of whole grain mustard, a half a teaspoon to one teaspoon of red wine vinegar and a half teaspoon of sugar. I topped mine with a little chive and that was it! Your have a delicious fruit salad to eat stand alone or to turn into a meal.
I was thinking that some chopped rotisserie chicken and some bib lettuce would make this an amazing entree salad. But even stand alone it is great.
This was even kid approved by my six year old. To me, that is a win!