Hearts of Palm Salad

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Hearts of palm get their moment in the spotlight in this satisfying salad.

Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of palm are one of my family’s favorite foods, which I know is a weird claim to fame. We open a jar or can of these tender-crisp cylinders, and in just minutes, they’re gone. But when we’re not just snacking on them right from the container, we like them best in salads. Tossing a cup or two of sliced hearts of palm into any green salad makes it just that much better, but when they get to be a star veggie of a dish, it can become a real treat.

This salad is particularly great because you can make it ahead of time, and it won’t get wilted or soggy. It’s very portable, so perfect for a picnic or a potluck. Try this salad with Grilled NY Strip Steaks, Spanish Pork Chops, or Lemon Garlic Tilapia.

Pouring dressing from a jar over Hearts of Palm Salad in bowl.

When I was pregnant with Jack, I cooked and ate a one-pound bag of edamame almost every day; when I was pregnant with Charlie, a few years later, the craving moved from edamame to hearts of palm. (This was a slightly more expensive habit.) I used to buy these two-packs of big jars at Costco, about 6 of them at a time, and I ate about ½ a jar in one sitting, at something resembling warp speed. The salt, the texture, the way you could sort of unfurl those little firm stalks…I can still take down a jar without batting anything.

Hearts of Palm Salad: This crisp tender vegetable gets its moment in the spotlight in this pretty, satisfying salad.

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Ingredients

Hearts of palm, tomatoes, celery, radishes, and other salad ingredients.
  • Olive oil – The higher quality the olive oil, the better your salad will taste.
  • Mayonnaise – I know, I know, not everyone is a huge fan of mayonnaise, especially in a salad. Still, I want to make the case for it in this situation: First of all, it’s not that much mayo — you’re only adding two tablespoons — and second, the mayo works to add this touch of creaminess to the vinaigrette making this salad very satisfying.
  • Lemon – A squeeze of lemon juice gives the dressing some much-needed acidity.
  • Dijon mustard – Mustard works alongside mayonnaise to emulsify this dressing and also adds a zingy flavor note.
  • Hearts of palm – I love the jarred hearts of palm from Melissa’s. Drain the brine out, rinse the hearts, and then slice them into ½-inch circles.
  • TomatoesCherry or grape tomatoes both work for this salad, so use whatever you have on hand.
  • Celery – The crisp crunch of the celery complements the tender hearts of palm.
  • Radishes – I love throwing radishes in for the pop of color that their skin lends to the salad and for their subtly spicy flavor.
  • Red onion – Slice up your red onions very thinly so that each piece is practically transparent.
  • Parsley – Adding freshness and color.

How to Make Hearts of Palm Salad

  1. Make the dressing: In a small bowl or container, combine the olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  2. Mix the salad: In a large bowl, combine the hearts of palm, tomatoes, celery, radishes, onions, and parsley. Pour over the dressing and toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional parsley and serve.
Tossing Hearts of Palm Salad in bowl.

FAQs

Can you eat whole hearts of palm?

Yes, you absolutely can — hearts of palm are harvested from certain types of palm trees, so the entire plant definitely isn’t edible, but the product that ends up in the can or jar is.

Do you need to wash canned hearts of palm?

Canned hearts of palm usually come in a salty brine, whether jarred or canned. You should briefly rinse them in cold water to get rid of some of that extra sodium.

What do hearts of palm taste like?

On their own, hearts of palm have a texture similar to that of raw asparagus — they have a good, solid crunch to them, but not so solid that they’re hard to bite through. The flavor of hearts of palm is very mild, with some salinity from the brine.

Tips and Variations

  • Using different colored tomatoes and radishes gives this salad nice pops of color.
  • Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest along with the lemon juice for extra brightness.
  • Use whole-grain Dijon mustard to add the texture of the little crunchy seeds.
Hearts of Palm Salad in a small bowl on white table.

Storage and Leftovers

You can make this hearts of palm salad several hours ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge. Leftovers will last for a few days in the fridge, though the added vegetables will lose some of their crispness.

What to Serve With Hearts of Palm Salad

Scooping a portion of Hearts of Palm Salad with spoon and fork in a bowl.

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Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of palm get their moment in the spotlight in this satisfying salad.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 People
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Ingredients 

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper (to taste)
  • 2 14- ounce jars hearts of palm (drained and sliced ½-inch thick)
  • 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1 cup thinly sliced radishes
  • 1 red onion (quartered and thinly sliced)
  • ¼ cup roughly chopped parsley (plus additional to garnish if desired)

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl or container, combine the olive oil, mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  • In a large bowl, combine the hearts of palm, tomatoes, celery, radishes, onions, and parsley. Pour the dressing over and toss to coat. Sprinkle with additional parsley and serve.

Notes

  • Using different colored tomatoes and radishes gives this salad nice pops of color.
  • Try adding a 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest along with the lemon juice for extra brightness.
  • Use whole grain Dijon mustard to add the texture of the little crunchy seeds.
  • You can make this hearts of palm salad a couple of hours ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Calories: 276.75kcal, Carbohydrates: 40.57g, Protein: 5.02g, Fat: 11.04g, Saturated Fat: 1.62g, Cholesterol: 1.96mg, Sodium: 108.53mg, Potassium: 2690.65mg, Fiber: 3.6g, Sugar: 26.37g, Vitamin A: 761.78IU, Vitamin C: 38.56mg, Calcium: 51.72mg, Iron: 3.14mg
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About Katie Workman

Katie Workman is a cook, a writer, a mother of two, an activist in hunger issues, and an enthusiastic advocate for family meals, which is the inspiration behind her two beloved cookbooks, Dinner Solved! and The Mom 100 Cookbook.

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  1. Mazzu Kirstein says:

    Hello Katie,
    Your Heart of Palm Salad its delicious and the combination of the dressing it was delightful!
    Chef Mazzu Kirstein