Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio would be perfect for a holiday dinner or a special meal, but hearts of palm are delicious any time of year! Use Salad Recipes to find more special salads like this one.
All during November I’ve been spotlighting vegetables and salads that I’d love to have for Thanksgiving. Now it’s been brought to my attention that not everyone wants salad for Thanksgiving (you know who you are) but personally I’d love this Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio on the Thanksgiving table to balance out the other higher-carb foods. Check out the my Top Ten Thanksgiving Recipes or see all the Carb-Conscious Thanksgiving Recipes if you’re still working on your menu!
I love hearts of palm, a tasty and low-carb delicacy that I learned to like years ago when I worked at Le Parisien, a French Restaurant in Salt Lake that’s no longer in business. For years I would rarely buy them at grocery store prices, but that changed when Costco started selling them in two-packs of 25 oz. jars at a price that was a lot more affordable. Now they’re something I always have in my pantry.
Still this Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio includes avocado, radicchio, butter lettuce, and pine nuts, all things that aren’t really everyday ingredients which may be why it’s called Rich Salad! But when you need something for a special dinner party, this is a delicious salad that’s sure to impress, and if you can get those two-packs of hearts of palm from Costco, you can have it a little more often.
Hearts of Palm are are literally the heart of a palm tree, usually the Sabal Palmetto which is the State Tree of Florida. In the U.S. they used to be called swamp cabbage, and were considered food for the poor during the depression, but now they’re a luxury item all over the world. They used to be somewhat controversial because harvesting the hearts killed the tree, but that has changed with modern growing methods. They’re grown throughout Central and South America, especially in Brazil. Hearts of palm are not only delicious, but they are low in fat, calories, and carbs, and very high in fiber.
Cut one cup of thickly-sliced hearts of palm. I broke the hearts of palm into rings (or pieces for the ones that didn’t easily separate into rings.) Chop up half a head of radicchio (or skip this if you want a more budget-friendly version.) Toss together the lettuce and radicchio.
I’m crazy about butter lettuce, and I’d splurge on it for a salad like this but you could use green leaf lettuce or romaine if you prefer. Tear the lettuce apart and wash in a salad spinner or by hand. Whisk together lemon juice, lemon zest, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, then whisk in the olive oil to make the dressing. (It’s important to do this before you cut the avocado. Use Paleo Worcestershire Sauce if you’re eating Paleo.)
Combine the hearts of palm and diced avocado and toss with about 2 T of the dressing. Toss together the lettuce and radicchio and put a handful in each salad bowl, then top with the hearts of palm and avocado mixture. Drizzle over a little more dressing and sprinkle with pine nuts if using. (I was out of pine nuts when I made this, but they are really good in the salad!)
Ten More Tasty Ideas with Hearts of Palm:
Grilled Hearts of Palm from Desert Candy
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Hearts of Palm, Shrimp, and Cheese Pizza from The Perfect Pantry
Mango Salad with Hearts of Palm, Radishes, and Lime, and Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Hearts of Palm Salad with Cucumber, Tomato, Parsley, and Lime from 5 Second Rule
Green Bean Salad with Hearts of Palm, Olives, Red Pepper, and Feta from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Hearts of Palm Risotto from Technicolor Kitchen
Arugula Salad with Hearts of Palm, Kalamata Olives and Gorgonzola from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Savory Hearts of Palm Pie with Yogurt Crust from Kitchen Space
Proscuitto-Wrapped Hearts of Palm from Revel and Feast
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio would be perfect for a holiday dinner or a special meal.
- 1 small head Boston lettuce (or use green leaf lettuce or romaine, but the Boston lettuce was great in this)
- 1/2 head radicchio, thinly sliced (optional but good)
- 1 cup sliced hearts of palm
- 1 avocado, peeled and diced
- 2 T pine nuts (optional, could use slivered almonds if you don’t want to buy pine nuts)
- 1/2 tsp. lemon zest (zest the lemon first before you squeeze the juice)
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Coarse ground black pepper to taste
- Vege-Sal (vegetable seasoned salt) or salt to taste
- 2 T extra virgin olive oil (use your best olive oil for this)
- Tear the lettuce into pieces and wash in salad spinner or by hand, then dry well.
- Slice the radicchio into thin slices.
- Toss the lettuce and radicchio together.
- Stir together the lemon zest, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, and Vege-Sal (vegetable seasoned salt) or salt, then whisk in the olive oil to make the dressing. (Make the dressing before you cut the avocado so it doesn’t turn brown.)
- Slice hearts of palm and put into bowl, separating into rings or breaking into pieces.
- Peel and dice the avocado and add to hearts of palm; pour over 2 T dressing and toss.
- Arrange the lettuce (and radicchio if using) on individual plates or in salad bowls.
- Layer the avocado/heart of palm mixture over lettuce.
- Drizzle a little more dressing on each salad, sprinkle with pine nuts and serve.
Recipe adapted from The Silver Spoon (affiliate link).
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Rich Salad with Hearts of Palm, Avocado, and Radicchio would be a perfect South Beach Diet or low-carb salad, suitable for all phases and perfect for a special occasion. If you skip the Worcester Sauce or use an approved version the salad could easily be Whole 30 or Paleo.
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