Monday, March 23, 2015

Savoring the Seasons: Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad

It is time to get more creative with salad! With a few twists and turns combining flavors and textures, you can create a healthy salad to be served alone or as a hearty side dish.

In this salad, hearts of palm takes center stage, and it is best described as similar to white asparagus but tastes of an artichoke.  The heart of palm is the edible stem in a variety of palms grown in the U.S., Costa Rica and Brazil. Hearts of palm are readily available in supermarkets and can be located easily in your canned food aisle.

This is a Brazilian version using lime zest and fresh lime juice blended with a small amount of mayonnaise and oil to provide a creamy citrus dressing for the hearts of palm, cherry tomatoes, avocado and slivers of onions.

If you have not discovered the versatility of the hearts of palm this is a good place to start with this easy to prepare, and delicious salad.


Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad
Serves 4
Recipe from Food and Wine


Ingredients:
1 cup yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 small sweet onion, cut into thin slivers
Two 14-ounce cans hearts of palm, drained and sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 Hass avocado, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1/4 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons canola oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions:
In a medium bowl, toss the halved cherry tomatoes with the onion slivers, hearts of palm, avocado and chopped parsley.  In a small bowl, whisk the lime zest and lime juice with the mayonnaise and oil;  season the dressing with salt and pepper.  Pour the dressing over the salad, toss gently and serve right away.

Enjoy!

30 comments:

Weekend-Windup (John Paul) said...

Very healthy salad, Avocado has lots of health benefits in it. Thanks for sharing.

ramblingtart said...

This sounds delightful, Velva, especially that zesty dressing. :-)

Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking said...

I really like this salad and I think my family will too... great recipe!

Betty said...

I think I have a can of hearts of palm in my cupboard that's probably been there for months just because I couldn't decide what to do with it. You've solved my dilemma! :)

Angie Schneider said...

Tthe salad looks fantastic with the mix of flavours. Love the use of hearts of palm here, Velva.
Happy Spring!
Angie

Tina said...

I have everything in the house except the cans of hearts of Palm, off to Punlix for me!
Great looking and healthy dish, Velva.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

We adore hearts of palm and everything about this salad. Can't wait to give it a try.
Sam

From the Kitchen said...

This looks and sounds delicious! We are very ready to feature more salads on our table!!

Best,
Bonnie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love using hearts of palm in salad! The creamy, zesty dressing sounds delicious on this one!

That Girl said...

Love the lime and avocado!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

oh i can't explain just how much I love artichokes. I just adore them and I have never done a salad like this with them before. I must give it a try

Barbara said...

I love, love, love salads like this, Velva! Going to make this ASAP.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

cool have never tried hearts of palm

Karen Kerr said...

I have never prepared a dish with hearts of palm, but that is about to change!

rosaria williams said...

I have never eaten hearts of palm. This is brilliant.

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I've always heard great things about hearts of palm This is a must try - it looks amazing!

Beth said...

Your salad looks lovely. I have rarely used hearts of palm, and this sounds like a great way to use a new ingredient.

Roz Corieri Paige said...

This is MY kind of salad, Velva and so glad to see that you have shared this recipe! I'm all over any salad with artichokes and hearts of palm! Thank you for sharing! Pinned, saved, and PRINTED!
Buona Pasqua (Happy Easter) and thank you again,
Roz

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Tis the season for wonderful salads. I really like hearts of palm and the first time I ever had it was at a very upscale restaurant. So needless to say, I always feel "ritzy" when I use it in salads. Thanks for a great recipe.

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef said...

I really like this salad and LOVE hearts of palm in salads. I agree with Lea Ann, hearts of palm always gives a salad just a little bit of class. :)

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Looks so delicious. I havent eaten lots of Hearts of Palm - will try it.

Pam said...

Way to go, Velva! It looks delicious and reminds me to use them more often. Thanks for sharing!

sophiesfoodiefiles said...

I made your lovely tasty salad & loved it so much, dear Velva! Divine! xxx

Catherine said...

Dear Velva, This is a beautiful salad and healthy too.
Have a Happy Easter. xo Catherine

Chris said...

Sounds like this would be great to go along with a big platter of grilled jerk chicken.

grace said...

i had hearts of palm for the very first time a few weeks ago and was delighted by its taste and texture! this sounds like a great way to prepare it, especially since avocado is one of my favorite foods in the world. :)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

What a lovely way to celebrate spring - with a gorgeous salad!

Mary Lee said...

I've used hearts of palm in salads and liked them. I never hear of fresh hearts of palm. Have you ever run into any?

Colette Joseph said...

This is the sort of creative salad that my mom likes to make. Sounds so yummy! Gotta try it.

Bill said...

I love this salad, Velva! I'm a huge fan of hearts of palm and I don't use it nearly enough. Thanks for the inspiration to buy some!

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