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California persimmon salad a colorful mix for holidays

Beautiful fall produce will be tossed together in a colorful California salad. (Photos: Debbie Arrington)

Recipe: Fresh fruit, greens combine in this healthy side dish

Give your Thanksgiving feast (or other holiday get-togethers) a distinctive sense of place as well as season with this very California salad.

Besides featuring such local favorites as fresh Fuyu persimmons and pomegranates, this salad is as colorful as it is tasty. California-grown dates, almonds and raisins add texture and contrast to the gem-bright fruit, set off by a bed of mixed baby greens fresh from the garden (or farmers market).

Pomegranate balsamic vinegar gives the dressing a fruity note, too.
Make this with ingredients fresh from
your garden or the farmers market.

Expecting a crowd? This recipe can be easy doubled, tripled or more.

California persimmon salad
Makes 4 servings

1 large Fuyu persimmon, peeled and thinly sliced
1/3 cup pomegranate seeds
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped almonds
3 cups fancy mixed baby greens, washed and roughly chopped

For vinaigrette:
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (preferably pomegranate)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, put persimmon, pomegranate seeds, dates, raisins, almonds and greens. In a jar or small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper; shake or whisk until blended. Drizzle vinaigrette over salad ingredients. Toss to coat. Serve.

This salad would be a healthy addition to any holiday menu.


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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