15 Great Recipes That Start with Hearts of Palm

Tropical Hearts of Palm Salad with Mango and Avocado
Photo: wen

Hearts of palm are tropical treasures, harvested from the core of various palm trees, including coconut, açai palm, and palmetto. You've most likely encountered them in salads, but did you know there's way more you can do with these hearty vegetables? Hearts of palm are filled with all kinds of nutrients and a great source of protein, so many vegetarians and vegans enjoy them as a meat substitute — they're especially good at mimicking the texture of seafood and shellfish, for example, and are a key ingredient in vegan ceviche and vegan lobster rolls. If you'd rather treat hearts of palm as a vegetable, though, there are plenty of dishes where they're right at home: they're equally delicious as a main ingredient or garnish in a stew, salad, or pasta, and they become creamy when cooked, making them a perfect base for a decadent dip.

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Tropical Hearts of Palm Salad with Mango and Avocado

Tropical Hearts of Palm Salad with Mango and Avocado
wen

In this salad recipe, hearts of palm are equally represented along with mango, avocado, cilantro, and watercress. The crunch from the hearts of palm complements the creamy mango and avocado slices, and the entire dish makes a delicious source of protein, fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins.

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Vegan Hearts of Palm Ceviche

Vegan Hearts of Palm Ceviche
Soup Lo

Whether you're vegan or not, this hearts of palm ceviche recipe won't disappoint — it's light, refreshing, flavorful, and best of all, easy to prepare. While it's fine to eat right away, it'll taste even better after chilling in the fridge for a few hours.

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Moqueca de Palmito (Vegan Brazilian Stew with Hearts of Palm)

Moqueca de Palmito (Vegan Brazilian Stew with Hearts of Palm)

This vegetarian and vegan-friendly version of moqueca, a traditional Brazilian stew, incorporates hearts of palm and a combination of bell peppers for a hearty texture. The coconut milk provides a sweetness that perfectly complements the veggies.

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Apple, Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

Apple, Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

This salad's combination of apples, avocado, and hearts of palm creates a great array of flavors and textures. Community members note that this recipe yields a lot of dressing, so you may want to hold back a bit.

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Busy Day Lunch Salad

Busy Day Lunch Salad
France C

Refreshing? Check. Filling? Check. Delicious? Triple check. This protein-rich salad comes together easily and will keep you full for hours. You can even make a big batch ahead of time to prep a week's worth of healthy lunches.

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Vegan "Lobster" Rolls

two Vegan "Lobster" Rolls on a white plate
I814U2

Lobster rolls are one of life's greatest luxuries, so it only makes sense that a plant-based version would use a veggie as special as hearts of palm. The ingredients aren't difficult to find and the cooking process is simple, so these sandwiches are a great option for a lunch or dinner party.

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Seafood Chili

Seafood Chilid

As its name suggests, this chili is heavy on seafood like shrimp, crab, and scallops, but there's a hefty amount of vegetables involved as well. Chili powder, lime, and lots of garlic really punch up the flavor and bring all the ingredients together.

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Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm Salad
SunnyByrd

Using hearts of palm in a salad is a super easy way to make mealtime feel special. The hearts of palm and dressing can be used as a base and combined with other ingredients, or you can stick to this savory salad as written.

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Hearts of Palm Dip

Hearts of Palm Dip
barefootcook

This creamy hearts of palm dip offers a great change of pace from artichoke dip. "I have made this at least a dozen time with rave reviews," says community member jozcookin.

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Jennifer's Fennel and Grapefruit Summer Salad

Jennifer's Fennel and Grapefruit Summer Salad
D

Fennel, grapefruit, avocado, and hearts of palm unite to create this ultra-refreshing summer salad."This salad was an adventure for me since I've never had fennel or hearts of palm before," says community member Dianne. "Turns out I love both! I'm so glad I went out of my comfort zone to try this salad!"

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Hearts of Palm Risotto

Hearts of Palm Risotto

This recipe is based on a dish creator Patricia Scarpin enjoyed in a restaurant in Brazil. Since the grain cooks in a mixture of broth and wine, this risotto turns out extra flavorful — and that's before you even stir in the Parm.

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Asparagus and Crab Salad

Asparagus and Crab Salad
Bibi

Allrecipes Allstar Bibi calls this dish a keeper alert because it's light, easy to assemble, and low in calories — of course this salad's taste won her over too. If you have the opportunity to use real crab, take it, but this salad is still solid with imitation crab.

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Lobster and Avocado Summer Roll with Mango Coulis

Lobster and Avocado Summer Roll with Mango Coulis
weirdscienceteacher

These refreshing summer rolls combine vibrant flavors such as mango, mirin, and lobster. If you can't find lobster, shrimp will work just as well.

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Exotic Salad

Exotic Salad
naples34102

This simple salad is beautiful and different, and creator Tara says it's a hit at summer barbecues. Let this marinate for at least half an hour in the fridge so the flavors can develop more, and serve with fish or chicken.

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Hearts of Palm and Spinach Salad

Hearts of Palm and Spinach Salad
hazymay

There's a lot going on texturally here: crunch from the hearts of palm and sliced onions, juicy bursts from the cherry tomatoes, and creaminess from the avocados. The homemade sweet and spicy vinaigrette ties all the different tastes and textures together, resulting in a delightfully different salad.

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