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Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette (Video)

I love the summer flavors in this Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette, and this amazing salad combination is low-carb, gluten-free, South Beach Diet Phase One and meatless! 

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Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette!

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Years ago Sun Pix Hearts of Palm appeared in big jars at my Costco, and I was overjoyed. I’d learned to like them while working at a French restaurant in college, but they were expensive in my regular grocery store, so I hadn’t ever cooked with them much up to that point. For a while the hearts of palm seemed to appear every summer, and I always stocked up when I saw them. And one of those times when I had plenty of hearts of palm on hand I came up with this amazing Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette.

I love this type of summer salad which combines all my favorite summer flavors. The recipe also features basil vinaigrette, one of my favorite summer treats and something I love to drizzle over garden tomatoes when I have lots of fresh basil. If you don’t have fresh basil to puree or frozen basil in the freezer, you can definitely make this salad with purchased Basil Pesto as well.

In 2016 when I decided to take more photos to show the steps of this favorite recipe I even had a few tomatoes from my new garden to make it with! Some of those tomatoes are Black Zebras, which is why they look so dark, and the Zebra tomatoes have wonderful flavor. Sadly, those big jars of hearts of palm no longer show up at Costco, but I love this Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad so much I’d still splurge on a small jar from the grocery store so I could make it.

(Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette was updated with better photos and step-by-step instructions August 2016.)

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I used 6 small tomatoes from my garden; you could also use about 1 cup of grape tomatoes cut in half. If you’re using large tomatoes, drain in a colander after you cut them. Slice the hearts of palm and measure out the olives.

Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

In a large salad bowl layer the tomatoes, hearts of palm, and olives. Drizzle Basil Vinaigrette over. Then crumble Feta and sprinkle it over the salad. Yum!

Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette found on KalynsKitchen.com

Make it a Meal:

This would be delicious with any of my Best Low-Carb and Gluten-Free Grilling Recipes for a summer dinner!

More Recipes with Hearts of Palm:

My Favorite Low-Carb Salads with Hearts of Palm ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Two Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm and Blue Cheese from Taste and Tell
Hearts of Palm, Avocado, Avocado, and Butter Lettuce Salad ~ That Skinny Chick Can Bake

Want More Summer Tomato Salads?

Check out Ten Favorite Summer Tomato Salads (plus Honorable Mentions) for more amazing salad ideas for summer tomatoes!

Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

The summer flavors in this Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette make this amazing salad combination that you can serve year round!


  • 4-6 small garden tomatoes, cut up into chunks (or use about 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half)
  • 1 cup hearts of palm, sliced (or more)
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup basil vinaigrette


  1. Wash tomatoes and cut into chunks; draining them in a colander if the tomatoes are really juicy.
  2. Slice the hearts of palm, measure the olives, and crumble the Feta.
  3. In salad bowl, layer tomatoes, hearts of palm, and olives.
  4. Drizzle basil vinaigrette over veggies, then crumble feta over.
  5. This will keep for a day in the fridge, but it’s definitely best the day it’s made.


Recipe created by Kalyn.

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette is a perfect side dish for most low-carb eating plans or any phase of the South Beach Diet. For low-carb basil vinaigrette, be sure to choose a vinaigrette with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.

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29 comments on “Tomato, Hearts of Palm, Olive, and Feta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette (Video)”

  1. Julia, my pleasure. So glad you liked it!

  2. This was SO delicious!!!! Thank you so much for the recipe!!!

  3. Hearts of Palm are the inner "heart" of the palm tree. You can find out a lot about them from Google!

  4. Great salad! Does anyone know anything about why hearts of palm are called hearts of palm?

  5. Thanks Sam and Maureen. I made this last night for a dinner party, and it was a huge hit.

  6. What a fabulous salad. We love hearts of palm, but I tend to forget about them. I will go to my cupboard right now…

  7. I like hearts of palm and use it in salads a lot but none that look this good.

  8. This is so right up my alley. I love hearts of palm and have to say, I've never seen them at Costco. I'll have to look next time I'm there. This is perfect to use summer tomatoes and basil.

  9. I made this last night with minor variations and it was FABULOUS! I used low fat Feta and since I had very little fresh basil, I used Kraft Calorie Wise Greek Salad dressing. Totally delicious. Thanks, Kalyn! Judith from Calgary, AB

  10. I love hearts of palm, but haven’t had it in years! This is a beautiful looking salad. Perfect for the warm weather (if it every gets here). 🙂

  11. Kalyn, that’s the only salad with tomatoes he’ll eat! 🙂
    It’s delicious and you’ve made me realize I haven’t made it in a while now.

  12. This is the first that I have heard of hearts of palms. They sound interesting! I will have to keep an eye out for them. That salad looks good. Just look are the vibrant red of the tomatoes!

  13. You just can’t go wrong with olives and feta!!

  14. Erin, thanks for the tip! Utah (finally!) got a Whole Foods and it’s right by my house. I see why they call it Whole paycheck, but I do buy some things there!

  15. I adore hearts of palm. I agree with you that they are quite a luxury unless you are fortunate enough to find them for less. I recently discovered that Whole Foods’ 365 brand actually carries really tasty hearts of palm canned at a reasonable price. jarred is usually better, but the can price is quite good.

    I love the idea of using it with the olives and feta.

  16. Yumm I love hearts of palm! I’m going to have to pick some up the next time I’m at the market.

  17. Beautiful! I miss feta. Sniff. Hearts of palm- so yummy.

  18. Kalyn I don’t remember when I first discovered hearts of palm but it was long after college. That would be really neat if Sam’s would carry them here. They will remain a special treat until that time. This is just the kind of salad I use them in for a special treat!

  19. This is SO gorgeous – the colors in this salad, wow. “Fresh” doesn’t always make one hungry – but this one sure did. Thanks for the post. 🙂

  20. aah!! that looks yummy!! and so fresh Kalyn!

  21. This will be such a great recipe for the 90 degree weather we’ve been having.

  22. I didn’t know hearts of palm belonged more to french than american kitchen. To me they are so common, I don’t imagine it isn’t the same in other occidental countries. In france too, they can be quite expensive, depending of their quality or box (glass or tin jar). I like them too, but don’t think about buying some – should do next time I do shopping.

  23. I love the photo and the recipe too. Now that tomatoes are starting to be in season, I must try it. In fact, I bought a small plant today at the market: we’ll see what happens.

  24. Looks fabulous. Our Costco is funny that way, too–just when you start to depend on finding an ingredient there, poof!–it’s gone.

  25. Comments before this one were from April 2006 when I first posted this recipe. My original post had my two goals for eating local that year (since May was the “eat local” month in 2006 and nothing is growing in Utah in May. If anyone is still interested, my two goals were to grow as much of my own food as I could and not to waste food. I’m still doing pretty well with those goals. (I also updated the photo in the post, which was pretty awful in the original one.)

  26. Love the photo, love the ingredients. This one is definitely on the menu this week.

    Thanks for sharing.

  27. Fran, I know you will love it.

    CC, I already do preserve the things from my garden to the max, so I don’t need that goal. And I do use the local salt too, which is quite good. I buy local foods from the Farmers Market when I go, which is not too often, since I grow my own food.

  28. Kalyn, I would add to your list of goals:
    3) Preserve what you grow so you can use it during the coming year.
    4) Make a teensy effort to locate local foods; I know May is the wrong month for Utah, but… eh.
    5) Revel in your local salt!

  29. This has wonderful ingredients. Thanks for another idea for the hearts of palm. Can’t wait to try it. I agree with you about eating locally & not wasting. I think we would have to live in paradise to eat totally local. Depending on the garden for some things as well as the market.

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