This light and nutritious salad is a great way to make use of roast chicken leftovers. It would also be fabulous with leftover turkey, so make sure to set some turkey aside with this salad in mind.

chicken salad with persimmons

I love the flavors here: there’s some sweet from the persimmon, some crunch from the pecans, and the fresh thyme adds a touch of herbal flair.

It’s important to use Fuyu persimmons in this and other salads: they’re the compact persimmons that stay firm, even crunchy, when ripe (as opposed to Hachiya persimmons: the oblong-shaped variety with much softer flesh and a very astringent taste unless perfectly ripe). Persimmons are high in antioxidants including vitamin C…they can be a little hard to find in some areas, but are definitely worth seeking out.

Fuyu persimmon

This chicken salad doesn’t have a lot of mayonnaise: there’s just enough to bind all of the ingredients together and give it a slightly luxurious feel. Look for a mayo that’s made with olive oil, if possible (many of the vegetable oils used in commercial mayonnaise aren’t health promoting). I also like the Vegenaise that’s made with grape seed oil.

Recipe for Chicken Salad with Persimmons and Pecans

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

*2 cups cold, cooked shredded chicken (I used leftovers from the roast chicken recipe found here; you could also use leftover roast turkey
*1 ripe fuyu persimmon (about 1/2 cup chopped persimmon)
*1/2 cup chopped celery
*1/4 cup chopped pecans
*1/4 cup chopped red onion
*1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
*1/2 tablespoon Honey Ridge Farms Cranberry Chutney Honey Glaze" (or just use 1/2 tablespoon honey)
*fresh thyme leave- to taste (I used the leaves from 1-2 sprigs)
*salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine the ingredients in a medium bowl. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve over greens, or with your favorite toasted bread (I like Udi's gluten-free whole grain bread). I also like this salad with rice crackers.

Chicken Salad with Persimmons

Related Recipes You Might Enjoy:
Persimmon, Parsley and Olive Salad from Herbivoracious
Whole Wheat Couscous Salad with Persimmons from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Chicken Salad with Grapes from Amanda’s Cookin’
Mayo-Free Chicken Salad Sandwiches from The Oyster Evangelist

 

25 Comments

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    Evan Thomas — November 13, 2010 @ 8:47 am

    Yum! The first time I tried persimmon, it wasn’t ripe and wasn’t a pleasant experience at all. I suppose I need to get over that and try one again.

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:30 am

      Thanks Evan- and definitely go get a Fuyu persimmon and try again :)

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    Liz the Chef — November 13, 2010 @ 2:20 pm

    Bet this would work with turkey too!

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:31 am

      YES! I changed the headnote to indicate that fact. Thanks for reminding me.

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    Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger) — November 13, 2010 @ 9:39 pm

    I tried Fuyu persimmon for the first time this year, and I am in love. I have been putting them in EVERYTHING. I love the sound (and looks) of this recipe, and especially that you can make it with leftover chicken. This is definitely one I want to try. Thanks!

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:31 am

      It’s definitely a keeper :)

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    Georgie Fear RD — November 13, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

    Wow, that looks fabulous, and your photos are always stunning :)

    Definitely a leftover turkey candidate – heck I might make extra turkey just to ensure enough leftovers for this salad!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Georgie

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:32 am

      You are so right about the leftover turkey- I changed the headnote based on yours and Liz’ recommendation about the turkey, so thanks!

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    Monet — November 14, 2010 @ 12:33 am

    I have come to love persimmons over these past few years. This looks like such a fresh and flavorful salad…I’m sure the nuts/celery add that perfect crunch. Thank you for sharing. I hope your weekend is going well!

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:32 am

      Thanks Monet- hope yours is great, as well!

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    fooddreamer — November 14, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    Okay, I really need to buy some persimmons. This salad looks amazing and I’ve never had them before, and I definitely want to try it!

    • Winnie replied: — November 14th, 2010 @ 8:32 am

      You have got to try them…make sure to try the Fuyu variety, if you can!

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    Cookin' Canuck — November 14, 2010 @ 10:30 am

    What a pretty salad, with a wonderful mixture of flavors and textures. Persimmons are one of my favorite holiday treats and this is a really nice way to highlight them.

    • Winnie replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

      Why thank you CC!

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    Nancy/SpicieFoodie — November 14, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    Thank you for all of the information on Persimmons, good to know. Your salad sounds delish. My mouth won’t stop watering. Can’t wait to try your recipe.

    • Winnie replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

      Thanks Nancy!

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    Jenny Nguyen — November 15, 2010 @ 2:43 am

    That looks v healthy but still delicious :)

    • Winnie replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

      Yes- both was what I was going for :)

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    david — November 15, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    Late for the giveaway but the recipe very nice!

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    Nutmeg Nanny — November 15, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Delicious! I have seen some persimmons at Adams but have yet to buy any. I really should give them a try.

    • Winnie replied: — November 15th, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

      Do it! Love Adams, by the way!

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    Heather Jacobsen — November 17, 2010 @ 3:35 pm

    Yum! This looks great! I’ve been looking for a way to spruce up my chicken salad. :)

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    Sara — November 18, 2010 @ 2:05 am

    Yum! I made something similar for a brunch awhile back with grapes, but I loovvee persimmions! Great idea

  14. 14

    David — November 19, 2010 @ 8:08 am

    I just love your post. Had to read it severaly:)

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