Persimmon, rocket, blue cheese and candied walnut salad recipe

The softly sweet taste of persimmons brings Poh Ling Yeow's fresh and healthy salad to life

Serves: 4

Ingredients

125g walnut pieces

1/4 cup caster sugar

1 tablespoon water

100g rocket

150g blue cheese or another soft cheese such as brie or camembert

3-4 spring onions (stalks), chopped or 1/4 of a small red onion, peeled and sliced thinly

4 sweet persimmons, halved then sliced 2-3mm

Dressing

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 clove garlic bashed

salt to taste

Method

1. Spread walnuts evenly over a frypan and dry toast on a medium heat, stirring or tossing them continually for about 5 minutes or until they are nicely browned and fragrant.

2. Using a small saucepan combine sugar and water, stir briefly with a metal spoon then boil on a high heat. When you see the sugar begin to turn a pale golden colour, be very attentive - it will be just moments before it turns a perfect amber. Immediately toss nuts into the sugar and very quickly fold the sugar over the nuts. You must work quickly as the sugar will set very quickly. Allow nuts to cool on some baking parchment, then gently separate the pieces. Set aside.

3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large mixing bowl.

4. To make dressing, combine all dressing ingredients in a clean glass jar, shake, then pour over salad.

Salad is best served in a shallow bowl or plate.

This recipe was created by Poh Ling Yeow for Persimmons Australia. For more information, ideas and recipes visit persimmonsaustralia.com.au

Recommended reading - Managing chronic conditions with diet

Experts

Diabetes shopping tips

How to be savvy in the supermarket and make healthy choices.

Read more
In Brief

Mediterranean diet for diabetes prevention

Filling up on healthy fats favoured in the Mediterranean may help reduce your risk of diabetes.

Read more
In Brief

Top nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables

A new study ranks the top “powerhouse” fruits and veggies, according to their nutrient density score

Read more
Experts

One diet to rule them all

A scientific review paper has sought to answer the question of what is 'the' best diet for health.

Read more
Experts

A diet to fight arthritis

Feeling creaky? Learn how an anti-inflammatory diet can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

Read more
Experts

Low FODMAP diet for irritable bowel syndrome

Dr Sue Shepherd explains the origins of the low FODMAP diet.

Read more
Experts

The Paleo diet: pros and cons

Nutrition expert Professor Tim Crowe untangles the fact, fad and fantasy of the popular Paleo diet

Read more
Experts

Diet for type 2 diabetes

How to prevent and manage type 2 diabetes through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes

Read more
Experts

5 reasons not to cut grains from your diet

Fibre-rich whole grains are vital to a balanced diet. Accredited Dietitan Tim Cassettari explains

Read more
Experts

Lower your blood pressure with the DASH diet

Here's what you need to know about the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet

Read more
Experts

The brain-boosting diet

Nourish your brain for better focus, memory and mood with these delicious and nutritious foods.

Read more
Experts

Super-foods!

Your mum was right, eat your greens!

Read more
Experts

Cutting your cancer risk

A diet rich in unprocessed grains and meats, fruits and veggies can reduce your risk of cancer.

Read more
Lifestyle

Bad fad diets

A look at some of the worst fad diets that somehow managed to gain a global following.

Read more
Experts

The truth about gluten

We asked dietician Larina Robinson who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet.

Read more
Experts

Cutting back on caffeine

Giving up caffeine for FebFast? Here’s some expert advice for letting go of your daily brew.

Read more
Lifestyle

8 benefits of cutting back on sugar

From weight loss to healthy skin, there are plenty of reasons to reduce your sugar intake.

Read more
Lifestyle

9 super-easy healthy food swaps

Creating a healthier lifestyle can be as simple as making a few small changes each day.

Read more

For full functionality of this site it is necessary to enable JavaScript. Here are instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your web browser.