Hearts of Palm

Rediscover these lively stalks

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Thomas J. Story

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Keep some cans of hearts of palm (organic are available now) in your pantry for this quick salad. Or order fresh ones from Hawaii's Wailea Agricultural Group www.waileaag.com or 808/937-7591.

Hearts of Palm Salad

Prep time: About 30 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

Notes: To make a main-course salad for 6, increase the shrimp to 1 pound.

1/4 cup fat-skimmed chicken broth

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or rice vinegar

2 tablespoons drained capers

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons minced shallots

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 cans (14 to 16 oz. each) hearts of palm (packed in water), drained and rinsed with cold water

2 hard-cooked large eggs, shelled

1/4 cup minced parsley

4 ounces shelled cooked tiny shrimp

1 firm-ripe avocado (8 oz.)

Salt and pepper

1. In a bowl, mix broth, olive oil, vinegar, capers, lemon juice, shallots, and mustard. If desired, cut hearts of palm in half lengthwise. Lay hearts of palm in dressing, turn over, and let stand at least 5 minutes.

2. Separate egg yolks from whites. Chop both or finely mash with a fork; keep separate.

3. Lift hearts of palm from dressing and arrange on salad plates. Add parsley and shrimp to dressing in bowl and mix. Pit, peel, and thinly slice avocado; arrange on salads. Spoon shrimp and all the dressing over the hearts of palm and avocado. Sprinkle with egg whites, then yolks. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Per serving: 152 cal., 77% (117 cal.) from fat; 4.3 g protein; 13 g fat (2.2 g sat.); 5.5 g carbo (1.8 g fiber); 451 mg sodium; 71 mg chol.

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