Made for summer, this hearts of palm avocado salad with alfalfa, pesto and green onions is the perfect light summer salad for a hot day. Simple ingredients but bursting with fresh flavors. Vegan and Gluten Free.
Have you ever tried hearts of palm before? If not I insist you do so ASAP. They are simply delicious. In case you are not familiar when them they are a vegetable harvested from the inner core of certain palm trees. You can buy them canned, either cut up into smaller pieces or in their cylindrical long shapes.
Once you slice them up, the rings come apart, bigger rings turning into many smaller rings. It’s hard to describe the texture itself. They are tender, not quite crunchy but firm, and they have a nice texture. Not quite like any other vegetable I know.
The other week I spotted hearts of palm in cans on the shelf and instantly grabbed two cans. I’ve been in the mood for a hearts of palm recipe so this was perfect timing. Sometimes I won’t be able to find something in the grocery store for the longest time, and then boom I’ll randomly look over to the shelf and spot it out of nowhere. This was the case with me and nutritional yeast. Nutritional yeast was an ingredient I had read about in recipes for years but I never ever saw it in the grocery store, until a few months ago when it just so happened to be sitting neatly on the shelf in a plastic container. Now I know where Wegman’s hides their nutritional yeast, and where Roche Brothers keeps their hearts of palm. Does this ever happen to you?
For more recipe ideas I recently shared a hearts of palm recipe round up with ten recipes from fellow food bloggers around the web.
In this case though I wanted to make a simple summer time salad. With the hot temps I’m leaning more and more towards salads these days. In this hearts of palm avocado salad recipe I mixed up some vegan basil pesto (home made of course) with a can of sliced hearts of palm, alfalfa sprouts, avocados, and green onions.
The result was a light creamy and firm hearts of palm avocado salad bursting with summer flavor. A perfect starter or light dinner meal. When you’re not in the mood to cook something simple, like this vegan and gluten-free hearts of palm avocado salad hits the spot.
If you’ve got a favorite hearts of palm salad recipe please share in the comments below! I am always looking for more salad recipes ideas.
Heart of palm avocado salad makes for the perfect summer salad made with hearts of palm, avocados, alfalfa, pesto and green onions. Bursting with fresh flavors and perfect on a hot day. Vegan and Gluten Free.
- 2 tablespoons vegan basil pesto
- 1 15 ounce can hearts of palm thinly sliced
- 1 avocado cubed
- 1 ounce alfalfa sprouts
- 1/2 cup green onions diced
- salt/pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.