Pick up a persimmon while doing your fall produce shopping and you won’t regret it. The supersweet fruit has a peach-like texture and slightly spicy flavor. Hachiya and Fuyu are the two types of persimmons you’re most likely to find. When ripe, heart-shaped Hachiya are jelly-like, while the squatter Fuyu stay firm. Save the wispy fronds from the chopped fennel bulb to garnish the salad.
1. Whisk together oil, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl. Season with salt and pepper, if desired.
2. Arrange mesclun greens on 2 salad plates, and divide persimmon fans, fennel, cranberries, and toasted walnuts between them. Drizzle dressing over salads, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.