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Jewel Salad

This colorful salad, inspired by chef Wolfgang Puck's signature recipe, is made with seasonal fruits and vegetables and Stilton, a sharp English cheese. Hachiya persimmons are large, sweet, and acorn shaped; look for soft, ripe fruits from October through February.

  • servings: 8

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Ingredients

  • 3 pomegranates, seeded, about 3 cups
  • 3 persimmons, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped prunes (about 30 pitted prunes)
  • 9 clementines, peeled, sectioned and finely chopped
  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 large bulbs fennel, finely chopped
  • 3 large stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 3 heads radicchio, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 pinches sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup Stilton cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Place each variety of chopped fruit and vegetables in a separate bowl. In a small bowl whisk together 3 tablespoons olive oil, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, orange juice, salt, pepper, and pinch of sugar to combine. Divide dressing between pomegranates, prunes, clementines, and apples. Toss dressing with each fruit, keeping separate.

  2. Step 2

    In another small bowl, whisk sherry vinegar, canola oil, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard, salt, pepper, pinch sugar, and the Stilton to combine. Divide dressing between fennel, celery and radicchio. Toss dressing with each vegetable, keeping separate.

  3. Step 3

    Spread a bed of dressed fennel on a large platter. Add additional layers, alternating ingredients as you wish, and gradually build up the salad in a vertical mound. Sprinkle with additional pomegranate seeds, walnuts, and crumbled Stilton, if desired. Serve immediately.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

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