The air is crisper, so Fall is here! Celebrate the season with one of Chef Kyle's favorite Fall salads. It is super simple, and perfect for last-minute entertaining. With sweetness and acid from the persimmons, tartness and crunch from the Honeycrisp apple, and a salty finish from the cheese, it’s a perfect combination!
Prepare the vinaigrette. Slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape the seeds carefully. In a small bottle, mix the oil, vanilla seeds and vinegar. Shake vigorously, and let the vinaigrette rest for about an hour.
Cut the persimmons into halves and seed if necessary. Cut each half into half-inch cubes (approximately 8 cubes per persimmon). Cut the apple into half-inch cubes. Make sure that the persimmons and the apple are cut the same size. In a large bowl, gently toss the watercress, persimmon, apple and vinaigrette. Arrange on individual plates, sprinkle with pepper and top generously with Parmesan shavings. Serve immediately!