This light and healthy salad takes just 10 minutes with a sharp knife for a little slicing and chopping to pull together and is the perfect addition to any potluck barbecue.
Yes, I’m a meat eater—minus my 8 month stint as a wanna-be vegetarian a few years back. But for me, weekend barbecues aren’t really about what side of red meat is going to be charred to perfection on the bar-B. Instead I like to get little (or big) tastes of lots of different dishes, and sides are my favorite—creamy, crunchy or tangy.
A BBQ-side-dish-smorgasbord is more my style.
Nearly every summer weekend in our neck of the woods are always BBQ worthy with my husband wanting meat, meat and more meat—ribs, sausage, steaks…he’s not one to discriminate. So when he goes off the deep end in the smoked and grilled protein arena, I move into the side dish arena, where I usually lean toward the classic BBQ side dish: potato salad. Of which I have just a FEW recipes you can find here.
Until I’m in the mood for something with a few less calories and a lot of puckery flair like this Cherry Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad.
This side dish was originally inspired by a deli case salad I used to get at Bristol Farms in Los Angeles. Dressed in a super, SUPER simple vinaigrette, it’s quick to pull together and minus the mayo and sour cream gooeyness, it can sit safely until the party moves from cheers to chow.
I recently remade it at my sister’s house while visiting her in Houston and it’s been on weekly rotation at our house ever since. I love the leftovers mixed in with fresh greens and whatever protein is left over from the night before’s BBQ.
Apparently I’m just efficient that way. Or I just wish to be.
If you haven’t tried hearts of palm or aren’t sure where to find them, I like the Sun Pix brand when I can find them. They’re budget friendly and never woody. Once sliced, rings of the hearts of palm will break apart so don’t get too aggressive with this salad and mix it gently.
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Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad
- 3 cups cherry tomatoes , sliced in half
- 1 15- ounce can hearts of palm , drained and sliced into ¼ inch rings
- ¼ cup red onion , thinly sliced or shaved
- ¼ cup Italian parsley , chopped
- ¼ cup vegetable oil
- 1 ½ tablespoon red vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Combine tomatoes, hearts of palm, red onion and parsley in a large bowl. In a small bowl, mix the vegetable oil, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper until sugar is dissolved. Pour vinaigrette over tomato mixture and gently mix. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.
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I love this recipe and make it all the time! A favorite for my family.
I’m glad you enjoyed Alison!
add an avocado too for extra yumminess.
I skipped the sugar and it was not noticed
This is delicious and easy! Thank you so much for this versatile salad.
I make this salad on a regular basis, it’s quick and simple and everyone loves it!
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I’d like to make for a big part y! Thank you
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This was a refreshing new salad combination! Just when you thought it all has been done, thanks for your creation!
I absolutely love this salad!! I can’t quit making it!
Would water chestnuts work in place of the heart of palms?
Chung cu The K Park
Very Delicious !!! You’re a really good cook
I made this twice over the weekend as a side for BBQ! It was super fast and very delicious! Rave reviews from all around – definitely my go-to summer salad.
SO glad you enjoyed it Kimmi, thanks for sharing here!
I love heart of palm, made this salad last Sat, for my dinner party and everyone loved it and asked me for the recipe too, Thanks,
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Tomato and Hearts of Palm Salad is my more favorite .
Simple ingredients and easy, Delicious!!!!! Would eat it again!
Hearts of palm are the best, but leave out the sugar. No need for the extra calories, not to mention that sugar is addictive! True French vinaigrette has no sugar! Lived in Brazil for years where this dish is a staple: never had it once with sugar :(
I agree – the first time I did the salad, I left out the sugar (I always do with salad dressings), then this time I had a group whose tastes I didn’t know, so I cut it in half – half a tsp of sugar. I honestly couldn’t taste any difference, so I won’t be using it again. And 2 people liked it so much they insisted on getting the recipe before leaving the house!
This is really a wonderful recipe!
This would be good with chopped avocado in it also! Yummy!
So glad to see I’m not the only one who loves hearts of palm. They’re such a treat! This salad is gorgeous and right up my alley!
Laura | Tutti Dolci
So gorgeous and fresh, love this salad!
Ron @ fasthealthycooking.net
A fabulous salad! That combination is awesome. I am such a big fan of palm hearts.
The palm hearts are pretty unfamiliar to some, so glad you’re a fan too.
Christine @ WRY TOAST
this looks SO bright and beautiful!!! dying to devour it :) xo
I like the balance between you and your hubs…great tastes and lucky neighbours!!
Yep, our neighbors pretty much love us for the food and our leftovers. :)
I love hearts of palm, but I hardly ever go down the canned aisle in the summer. Thanks for reminding me; this salad looks delicious and so refreshing.