This salad....sigh. It's creamy, delicious, and has a wonderful taste of lime. We enjoy The Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad year-round as it's easy to make, healthy, and uses ingredients that are readily available. Is it better in the summer when tomatoes are at their peak? Yes, but using grape tomatoes makes this an all-around winner.
You will see, in this recipe, that I am careful with the ingredients. I am always trying to find the healthiest ingredients and the ones that have the least amount of sugar.
How to make the salad
This salad calls for limited ingredients. Basically, it's tomatoes, hearts of palm, avocado, and onion. You can use red onions or sweet yellow onions. We use sweet onions. Have you ever used Hearts of Palm? These are canned vegetables that our family uses in salads all the time. Simply open the can and slice these babies up. They have a nice smooth texture and are slightly acidic on the tongue.
Toss the tomatoes, onion, hearts of palm, and avocado in a bowl. Then whisk the dressing together and toss. Viola! It's that easy.
To make the dressing, combine the coarsely chopped parsley, the grated lime zest, and lime juice, with the mayonnaise and olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Do you have a terrific grater to zest your citrus with? I use this one from Deiss. A good zester will make short work of zesting both citrus and cheese.
I am a big fan of natural mayonnaise. I use this one from Primal Kitchen. It has limited ingredients, no sugar added, and tastes like a dream. I find it at Whole Foods or online at Amazon. If you would prefer to taste a different salad dressing than the one I talk about here, check out The Best Salad Dressing!
Add some tuna and it's a complete meal. It's that simple! Enjoy this salad at lunch or dinner.
Hearts of Palm and Avocado Salad
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes
- ¼ whole small sweet onion cut into thin slivers
- 1 14 oz can of hearts of palm drained, and sliced into ½" thick slices
- ½ whole avocado cut into ½" peices
- ⅛ cup flat leaf parsley coarsley chopped
- ¼ t lime zest grated find
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- S&P to taste
- In a bowl, toss the tomatoes with the onion, hearts of palm, and the avocado. In a small bowl, whisk the dressing together and toss with the vegetables.