|Hearts of Palm are one of my favorite ingredient for spring and summer salads!|
I may have let out a tiny squeal yesterday when I saw that my Costco had Sun Pix Hearts of Palm back in stock! If you're not familiar with Hearts of Palm, they're a tender and flavorful vegetable that come from the center of the stems of palm plants. They're labor intensive to harvest, so even though domesticated Palms are now grown for this crop, they're still not that common. I rarely buy them at the regular grocery store where they're ridiculously expensive, but each year I stock up when Costco gets them as a seasonal product. A two-pack of these 25 oz. jars was $8.59 at my Costco yesterday. Costco in Utah sells these in the spring and summer, and then stops stocking them in the winter, so every year I wait for them to appear again!
A peek at the nutritional information shows why this is such a good ingredient for dieters. Hearts of palm are cholesterol and sugar-free, very low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, and high in fiber. The canned ones are relatively high in sodium, so if that's an issue for you don't add salt or use with salty ingredients in recipes. I've been experimenting with Hearts of Palm for a few years, ever since my Costco started carrying them in the reasonably-priced two-packs, and below are some of my favorite recipes using them.
|Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm , Avocado, and Radicchio|
|Mango Salad with Hearts of Palm, Radishes, Lime, and Cilantro|
|Colorful Tomato Salad with Hearts of Palm, Mint, and Spicy Thai Dressing|
|Hearts of Palm Salad with Tomatoes, Olives, and Feta|
|Vegan Heart of Palm and Avocado Salad with Lime, Green Onion, and Cilantro|
Other Bloggers' Ideas for Hearts of Palm:Hearts of Palm, Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza from The Perfect Pantry
Cherry Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad from Foodiecrush
Pita Sandwich with Chicken, Hearts of Palm, and Chimichurri Dressing from Cookin' Canuck
Katie's Quinoa with Hearts of Palm, Cucumber, and Feta from The Naptime Chef
Marinated Asparagus and Hearts of Palm from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
I bought the Sun Pix Hearts of Palm myself, and this company has no idea I'm writing about their product. All items featured as Kalyn's Kitchen Picks are things I would happily buy over and over, and because I want readers to know that my opinions are completely unbiased, I no longer accept sample products of any kind.