This Hearts of Palm Salad has been in my family practically forever. My mother and sister brought the idea home after her college graduation dinner (at La Caille Restaurant outside Salt Lake City). Since then, we’ve enjoyed it at many holiday dinners and social events!
In the past, we’ve just served this in it’s simplest form—canned hearts of palm and avocado slices topped with ribbons of Hollandaise sauce.
What are hearts of palm
Per Wikipedia, “heart of palm is a vegetable harvested from the inner core and growing bud of certain palm trees,” including the coconut tree. The outer bark is stripped away and the softer inner core is eaten.
From a nutrition perspective, they are “rich in fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, copper, vitamins B2, B6, and C. They are ranked as a “good” source of protein, riboflavin, and potassium, and as a “very good source” of dietary fiber, vitamin C, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, and especially, manganese, along with being a good ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.” (same Wikipedia article).
What Makes This a Winner
As I mentioned, this Hearts of Palm Salad has graced our family dinners for decades. That’s because it’s…
- Easy. With my quick immersion blender hollandaise (or use your favorite recipe), you can make the sauce in minutes. Open some canned hearts of palm, slice a ripe avocado, plate the dish, and it’s done.To garnish (optional), you can add pre-cooked bacon crumbles and/or chopped parsley–and it’s still easy.
- Presents Well. Even though it’s super easy, this Hearts of palm salad is elegant enough to serve for a more formal event. Consider a bridal or baby shower or a holiday brunch!
- Tasty and Unique. This salad is rich and flavorful and you’ll never need to worry that someone had it for lunch the day before.
Step by Step Directions
This salad comes together in minutes! You simply:
How to Serve This
Tips & FAQs
How to select a ripe avocado. A ripe avocado will give to a slight pressure but not be overly soft. Often they are hard to find ripe in stores, so it’s a good idea to buy them a few days early and let ripen at home.
If you haven’t discovered packaged, pre-cooked bacon crumbles, they are life changing. They are shelf stable until opened, then I put them in the freezer and use as needed. They are perfect when you just need a little bit for a garnish or to add a flavor boost! I even found a nitrate free version!
Can I use a different hollandaise? If you have a favorite Hollandaise sauce, feel free to use that. You can even go vegan if you have a vegan sauce.
What can I do with leftovers? Leftover hollandaise is delicious on hot vegetables, or eggs benedict. Re-warm very slowly to keep from melting. Leftover hearts of palm is delicious on a lettuce salad too. Slice crosswise into circles for this.
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- 1 ripe avocado
- Lemon juice or olive oil to prevent browning when avocado is cut
- 1 15-ounce can hearts of palm
- ½ cup prepared hollandaise sauce (see note for my recipe)
- 1-2 Tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1-2 Tablespoons crumbled bacon
Peel avocado, remove pit and slice into 8 slices. Brush with lemon juice (or olive oil) to keep slices from browning.
Cut hearts of palm in half or quarters to make 12 pieces. Set on plate, alternating 3 hearts of palm pieces with 2 avocado slices.
Top with prepared hollandaise (see note for my recipe).
Sprinkle with bacon crumbles and/or chopped parsley if using.
If you don't have a favorite hollandaise sauce, my immersion blender recipe is tasty, easy and done in minutes.
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