|The ingredients might be a bit of a splurge, but this salad is mind-blowingly good!|
This amazing salad is what I'm recommending all of you should make for a Meatless Monday lunch tomorrow, and it's also a perfect choice for the Month of Daily Phase One recipes. Every now and then you come across a recipe that just knocks your socks off, and my nephew Jake and I went crazy over this simple salad with hearts of palm, avocado, lime, green onions, and cilantro. In fact the recipe makes 4 side dish servings, but we finished all but a few spoonfuls of it right after we made it. The recipe came from my friend Suebob, who messaged it to me on Facebook along with a note saying she got it from a friend at Weight Watchers. Thanks Suebob; this is definitely something I'm going to be making over and over!
There's also another bit of news that might be of interest to Meatless Monday fans. At the top of the left sidebar there are a couple of new links for Punchfork.com, where you can browse all my vegan recipes by photo or browse all my vegetarian recipes by photo. Thanks to Jeff at Punchfork for making that happen! (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index. For Meatless Monday ideas from other bloggers, check Meatless Monday at BlogHer, where I write a weekly post spotlighting one of the fabulous meatless recipe ideas I find around the web.)
If you're not familiar with hearts of palm, they come in cans and jars and are usually sold near the olives. I buy them in large jars at Costco, and they are admittedly pricey in the regular grocery store. Let the hearts of palm drain while you cut up the avocado.
Cut the avocado into small pieces and toss with 2 T of lime juice. (If I had been smarter I would have done that in the bowl where I was making the salad and saved dirtying another dish!)
When the hearts of palm are well-drained, slice them into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. If they break apart, break into rings. I also cut a few of the larger pieces in half.
I used 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro and 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion. (You can substitute red onion for the green onion if you'd like.)
Mix together the diced avocado with the lime juice, sliced hearts of palm, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onion.
(Makes 4 side dish servings, recipe from Suebob with minor adaptation by Kalyn.)
2 (14 oz) cans or 1 large jar (26 oz.) hearts of palm
2 T + 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (or more)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (or chopped red onion)
sea salt to taste for seasoning finished salad
Drain the hearts of palm into a colander placed in the sink, and let them drain well while you cut the avocado. Dice avocado and toss with the 2 tablespoons of lime juice. (Just use the bowl you're making the salad in.
Cut the hearts of palm into slices about 1/2 inch thick, breaking it apart into rings or cutting the larger slices in half if they don't break apart. Chop cilantro and thinly slice green onion.
Add the sliced hearts of palm, chopped cilantro, and sliced green onion to the avocado and stir gently to combine. Add the final tablespoon of lime juice (or a bit more if desired) and season the salad well with sea salt. Serve immediately.
This would probably keep in the fridge for at least one day, but you probably won't have any left!
South Beach Suggestions:
All the low-glycemic ingredients in this salad are great for the South Beach Diet, but avocados are a limited food so you should probably make this a side dish salad, especially for Phase One. I do love that this salad is simply dressed with lime juice, with no added oil!
More Phase One Salads with Hearts of Palm:
Kalyn's Favorite Antipasto Salad
Colorful Tomato Salad with Hearts of Palm, Mint, and Spicy Thai Dressing
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio
Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Olives, and Feta with Basil Vinaigrette
Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm, Olives, Red Pepper, and Feta
Other Bloggers Use Hearts of Palm:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Hearts of Palm, Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza from The Perfect Pantry
Hearts of Palm Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Parsley, and Lime from 5 Second Rule
Hearts of Palm Salad from Leite's Culinaria
Avocado Salad with Hearts of Palm from A Veggie Venture
Two Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm and Blue Cheese from Taste and Tell
(Want even more recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)