Sunday, May 06, 2012

Recipe for Heart of Palm Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Lime (with or without Cilantro)

I've been infatuated with this Heart of Palm Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime.

I love combining beloved ingredients in slightly different ways, and this Heart of Palm Salad with Tomato, Avocado, Cilantro, and Lime was the happy result when I arranged a marriage between my favorite Vegan Heart of Palm and Avocado Salad and Colorful Tomato Salad with Hearts of Palm.  This offspring salad had all the good qualities of the parents, plus some new qualities of its own!

I tried this salad experiment out on a bunch of food blogging friends, and they all gave it a big thumbs up, which I think is a pretty good recommendation.  And although I rarely say it, this combination is one where I think the cilantro is really 100% optional, so if you can't get too excited about cilantro, just leave it out.  Of course this lovely vegan salad is my Meatless Monday post for this coming week, which I'm posting on Sunday in case anyone wants to try it out on Monday.  You could serve this as a side salad, but I'd happily eat a big bowl of this and call it lunch!  (You can find more meatless recipes by using the label Meatless Monday or checking Vegetarian Recipes in the recipe index, and I'm also doing a meatless slow cooker recipe each Monday on Slow Cooker from Scratch.  For more 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.)

Put the hearts of palm into a colander and let them drain well.

While the palm hearts drain, cut up the avocados and toss them with 2 T lime juice.

Cut the drained hearts of palm into slices and separate into rings.   (The ends of the stalk may not separate, so just cut them into halves.)

Cut grape tomatoes in half to make 1 cup.

Thinly slice the red onion and chop the cilantro.  (If you're skipping the cilantro, I might use a little more sliced green onion.)
Toss the hearts of palm, tomatoes, and sliced green onions with the avocado/lime juice mixture, and then add as much more lime juice as desired.  (I used 1 T more lime juice.  (I use my fresh-frozen lime juice for recipes like this.)  Season the salad generously with salt.

Then toss in the chopped avocado and gently combine with the salad.  Try hard not to eat all the salad in one sitting!

Heart of Palm Salad with Tomato, Avocado, and Lime (with or without Cilantro)
(Makes about 4 servings; recipe created by Kalyn by combining two beloved heart of palm salads.)

1 can (15 oz.) hearts of palm (or half of a 25 oz. jar), drained and cut into slices
2 small avocados, diced
2 T + 1 T fresh squeezed lime juice
(I use my fresh-frozen lime juice for recipes like this.)
1 cup small grape tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion (or more if not using cilantro)
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
sea salt to taste

Put palm hearts into a colander placed in the sink and let them drain while you prep other ingredients.  Dice avocados, put them in a bowl large enough to hold all the salad ingredients, and toss with 2 T of fresh lime juice.

Slice the hearts of palm and separate into rings (or cut in half if they don't separate easily.)  Cut the grape tomatoes into half.  Slice the green onions and chop the cilantro (if using.)

Toss the hearts of palm, tomatoes, and green onions with the avocado/lime juice mixture, then add more lime juice to taste.  (I added another tablespoon of lime juice.)   Season the salad generously with sea salt and then gently mix in the chopped cilantro (if using.)  

I thought this was best served right away, but recently a small dish of it got buried in my fridge, and I still gobbled it up after it had been in the fridge for several days! 

South Beach Suggestions:
Avocados are a limited food for the South Beach Diet, but if you stick with portion size of not more than one-fourth of this salad as a serving, it would be fine.  (Don't eat lots of other high-fat foods that day if you're on Phase One.  Everything else in this salad, especially the hearts of palm, are wonderfully low-glycemic foods for South Beach dieters.

Ten More Lovely Salads with Hearts of Palm:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Vegan Asparagus Salad for Spring with Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, and Chives from Kalyn's Kitchen
Vegan Heart of Palm and Avocado Salad with Lime, Green Onion, and Cilantro from Kalyn's Kitchen
Colorful Tomato Salad with Hearts of Palm, Mint, and Spicy Thai Dressing from Kalyn's Kitchen
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio from Kalyn's Kitchen
Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Olives, and Feta with Basil Vinaigrette from Kalyn's Kitchen
Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad from My Kind of Food
Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad from Foodie Crush
Springtime Hearts of Palm Salad by From Argentina with Love
Tangy Apple, Kohlrabi, and Hearts of Palm Salad from Choosy Beggars
Hearts of Palm Salad form Leite's Culinaria
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  1. Love the combination of flavors and colors in this salad, and I can just imagine the lime dressing that makes it sparkle. Isn't it fun when you take something old and make something completely new out of it?

  2. I think I will like this one. I do love heart of palm and avocados. Thank you.

  3. I know i say this every time you post something like this but, I can't believe I've never tried hearts of palm! Crazy and weird and just wrong of me!

  4. WITH cilantro please! I love hearts of palm. I always add them to lettuce salads. Never thought to actually feature them in a salad without lettuce. Thanks!

  5. I was just raving to my sister about this salad, and I can't wait to make it now!!

  6. This looks wonderful. I have never tried heart of palm, but all the other ingredients are things I love so I suspect I will love the heart of palm too. Definitely on my next shopping list.

  7. A fabulous salad! That combination is awesome. I am such a big fan of palm hearts.



  8. So glad everyone is liking this! I agree, with cilantro for me. And Rosa I share your love for palm hearts!

  9. I can personally attest the deliciousness of this salad. The cilantro and lime really make it! Another great dish, Kalyn!!

  10. Thanks Kelley; I am excited to make it again soon!

  11. I made this for dinner tonight with mint to replace the cilantro, because it's what I had on hand. Also used one avocado instead of two, since it's just me and I didn't want the leftovers to go overly brown before lunch tomorrow. Mint-lime-avocado is my new favorite combination. Thanks for sharing, Kalyn!

  12. This was really good! Thanks for sharing. I couldn't find hearts of palm so I used artichoke hearts and really liked it.


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