Market Monday: Winter Chop Chop Print Recipe Print Recipe


Introducing. . . Market Monday!

This year, I’m dedicating Mondays to recipes made with fresh ingredients that can all be found/purchased from the farmers market. In other words, all NATURALLY gluten-free.

One of the many positives about living in California are the year round Farmers Markets, filled with beautiful seasonsal fruits and vegetables and food venders who put all their love and energy into their products.

My Sunday ritual consists of sleeping in, ben’s easy eggs, grabbing coffee at the local shop and then slowly walking through the farmers market. It’s my happy place. Right, my hair salon is also my happy place.

ps. you don’t have to shop just at the farmers market for these recipes,  I’m just showing you all the possibilities using fresh, whole ingredients.



Let me guess, this head of lettuce has probably never looked this good until now.

Gotta love the holidays.

Rest assured, I’ve got lots of healthy and nutritious recipes coming your way.



My husband doesn’t usually like persimmons and I had figured he wouldn’t be interested.  Selfishly I just wanted to eat the entire bowl, by myself.

Anything involving sweet potatoes, butternut squash and persimmons or any sort of green drink, he won’t touch.

I was wrong in this case.

We sat at the coffee table, salad bowl in front of us and forks in hand. Demolished.

I guess you could say we liked it. << husband’s commentary “no, say we LOVED it. and, will you make it again?” >>

Speaking of the Mr., he got a new job.

It’s paid in food and a night off of dishes. Apparently that was enough for a yes.

Drum roll please. . . “Cooking with the Mr.” bi-weekly series! It’s pretty much going to rock your world.



If you’re looking to change your eating habits and need the support then I highly recommend you consider signing up for this. It’ll be worth every penny and minute of your time. Email me with any questions!



Winter Chopped Salad

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[Inspired by Epicurious]


  • 6 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 4 cups sliced red cabbage
  • 1 large Fuji apple, halved, cored, diced
  • 1 Asian pear, halved, cored, diced
  • 2 Fuyu persimmons, peeled, seeded, diced
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds

Optional – toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped


  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil – [sub extra-virgin olive oil if desired]


In a large bowl, combine romaine, red cabbage, Fuji apple, Asian pear, Fuju persimmons and pomegranate seeds; toss to mix.

In a small bowl, whisk together vinegar and honey. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Add dressing to the salad mixture and toss to coat.

Divide salad among plates. Sprinkle with toasted hazelnuts, if desired, and serve.


Serves about 8 –  or 4 if you want more for yourself. . .

*gluten-free *dairy-free

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  • sreebindu

    looks super healthy and Nice rhymmg ..Market Monday good one 🙂

  • Maria

    Gorgeous salad! I wish we had a farmers market year around! I am jealous:)

  • Bev Weidner

    That. Looks. FANTASTIC. And I’m totes pumped about your new Monday Market column/feature/thingy!

  • Brian @ A Thought For Food

    We’re going to get to see more of your man here? Fantastic!

    This salad does sound marvelous! Looking forward to trying it!

  • Erin

    so excited for this series and so excited to make this salad!

  • Amanda

    I have nerve wanted to eat a salad so bad before! Stunning pictures and recipe!

  • Alison @ Ingredients, Inc.

    sounds and looks so good!! Happy New year and monday!

  • Katie

    Yesss! Persimmons! I love them so. And salads are my life…this looks like perfection.

  • Alisa’s Garden

    That looks so colorful! Can’t wait to try it!

  • Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    Year-round farmers markets…what a dream. Beautiful winter salad!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Bake

    I love the idea of a bright winter salad. Perfect for drab days. Though I’ve never experienced persimmons….I might have to give them a try

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    What a pretty winter salad! I love a good salad!

  • Barbara

    This looks so refreshing after all that rich food I consumed over the last two weeks.

  • Krissy @ Krissy’s Creations

    This salad looks delicious! I love the colors, SO inviting. I love a good chopped salad, and I can’t wait to try your version 🙂

  • Linda

    It looks so good, I will have to fix it for Dad and see what he thinks, my guess is if Ben likes it Dad will.. Love you

  • la domestique

    So pretty! The salad looks so vibrant and nourishing.

  • Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    i’m a new reader and LOVE that this is the first thing i came across! looks so delicious and fresh!

  • Rachel

    I just bought persimmons and was deciding what I wanted to do with them. What a great choice! I think I’m going to add some grilled fish on top and make it a main dish. Thanks!

  • Lori @ Laurel of Leaves

    I must say, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten persimmons, but I did just open up a pomegranate today. Your salad looks beautiful! I’d say this would be a good option for trying something new 🙂

  • Kristin @ FoodFash

    Persimmons have been appearing everywhere lately and I’ve never actually tried one. Perhaps it’s a sign 😉

  • Emily @ The Finicky Farmer

    Wowzers! That salad looks fabulous! I especially appreciate the care with which the ingredients were selected — all seasonally appropriate (at least for North America folks).

  • TidyMom

    Beautiful and delicious Lisa!!

    Thanks for linking up to I’m Lovin’ It! I featured your post in my wrap up Have a great weekend!

  • Mother Rimmy

    I’ve just started using different oils in my dressings. I love walnut oil, and now I’ll be looking for hazelnut. Lovely salad.

  • Guest

    What a beautiful salad. I love the colors!

  • Vanessa Larson

    What a beautiful salad! I love the colors!!

  • Maria

    Hi! I made this tonight for thanksgiving! No persimmons and used pistachios for nuts and it was a hit., thanks!