Hearts of Palm + Watercress Salad | And the ingredient of the month goes to…Hearts Of Palm. She’s done a fabulous job lately in our chocolate lab! Let’s get to know her shall we? She is 18 months old. She’s hails from the inner core of a good ole’ palm tree. When she’s processed, her outer fibers are removed, leaving you with a surprisingly soft and smooth vegetable beauty, that’s similar in taste and texture to artichokes. On a personal note, she likes simple things, so we treated her just the way she likes, in a healthy salad that lets her shine.
* It's best to serve this right away so it doesn't get soggy on you.
- Olive Oil - ⅓ cup
- Lemon Juice - 3 tablespoons
- Sugar - ⅛ teaspoon
- Sumac - ⅓ teaspoon
- Salt - ⅓ teaspoon
- Watercress - 2 live containers (about 3 cups)
- Hearts of Palm - 1 can (15 ounces), sliced (about 2 cups)
- Feta Cheese - ½ cup
- Cilantro - ⅓ cup
- Mixing Bowl - large
- Add the lemon juice and dry ingredients to the ramekin. Give it a little whisk.
- Then drizzle in the olive oil while whisking to form an emulsion. Voila!
- Now get the salad going by rinsing the watercress and patting it very dry with a paper towel (or use a salad spinner).
- Then start picking the watercress leaves off the stems. You want about 3 cups.
- Do the same with the cilantro. You want about a ⅓ cup.
- Then take those hearts of palm out of their canning liquid and cut them into thin rings.
- Add it all to the bowl along with the feta too.
- Now for a little kitchen trick. Grab the dressing and spoon some around the inside rim of the bowl. Don't dump the dressing directly onto the greens or you'll overdress them! Something like this,
- Then pick up the bowl and toss the salad just a few times until the dressing just incorporates with the rest of the ingredients. Don't dive in there with utensils and mash it up. Add a little extra dressing if it seems dry.
- Give it a quick taste and season to taste with salt. Bravo!
* If my dad doesn't make this, no women in the family will come over. It's a must-have healthy option.
* Serve this with grilled or roasted meats, or even seafood.
* Did you know hearts of palm is also known as "burglar's thigh"?
* See how hearts of palm are made in this cool video...then you can call yourself a nerd like us.