Marinated Hearts of Palm
Add a teaspoon of honey to the vinaigrette to make it a little sweet or a mashed malaguete pepper to make it a little hot.
Ivory-colored hearts of palm are the tender center of a palm variety originally native to the Amazon. Since the tree, at about 6 feet tall, must be killed to reach this core, it is thankfully no longer wild-harvested, but sustainably cultivated.
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Finely grated rind of 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange
- Juice of 1 lemon, 1 lime and 1 orange
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 2 (14-ounce) cans hearts of palm, rinsed, drained, blotted dry and sliced into 1/3-inch thick rings
- 2 green onions, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 4 celery stalks, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1 orange, sectioned and diced
- 1 grapefruit, preferably red, sectioned and chopped
- 3 tablespoon diced pimiento-stuffed green olives
- To serve:
- Salad greens, spinach, spring mix, or 8 whole romaine lettuce leaves
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and coarsely chopped
- To prepare vinaigrette, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Whisk well.
- To prepare salad, combining all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour vinaigrette over top and toss well. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- To serve, place greens on 8 individual salad plates. Spoon hearts of palm mixture on top. (If using romaine, place a spoonful of salad at the end of each leaf and serve one leaf per person.) Garnish with avocado.