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
Recipe from Food and Wine
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
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.