Monday, July 30, 2007

Tomato, hearts of palm, olive and parmesan salad with basil dressing

Tomato, hearts of palm, olive and parmesan salad with basil dressing

Every time I visit Kalyn's blog - and I just won't do it on a daily basis in case I'm sick or loaded with work - I feel like cooking everything she posts! Her food has a healthy tone and looks delicious. Hard to resist.

This is my take on one of her recipes - I have made this salad several times already and even João likes it, even though he's not into tomatoes (crazy, I know).

I used parmesan shavings instead of feta because I couldn't find it where I live. I also changed the dressing a bit.

Make sure you check the original version - you'll be glad to!

Tomato, hearts of palm, olive and parmesan salad with basil dressing

4-6 small tomatoes, sliced
1 cup hearts of palm, sliced (or more)
½ cup black olives
½ cup parmesan shavings

Basil dressing:
1 cup fresh basil leaves (packed)
extra virgin olive oil, to taste – I didn’t use a lot because I wanted a low-calorie salad
lime juice
freshly ground black pepper

In salad bowl, layer tomatoes, hearts of palm, olives and parmesan.

Using a mortar and pestle, mash the basil leaves and salt together. Add the pepper, olive oil and lime juice, mix well.
Drizzle basil dressing over salad.

Serves 2


Janet said...

I love the look of this. I have never had hearts of palm, and I have only seen them canned, not fresh (but I don't really know what I'm looking for...)

Deborah said...

I just discovered hearts of palm a little while back, and love them!! I'm gonna give this a try once I have some more tomatoes from my garden.

Anonymous said...

This looks easy and tasty. Do you think putting in artichoke hearts would work? I'm currently on an artichoke heart fling.

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Yes, I always want to try Kalyn's recipes, they are always so great looking and healthy!!
I like your take on this very much.

Anonymous said...


I've been on a huge artichoke binge myself.
I love the idea of this dish with artichoke instead- I can't wait to try it out. Do you ever grill artichoke? Best decision i've made :)

Warda said...

I love any kind of salad with palm hearts. Lokks so healthy. So fresh!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, I love tomatoes, especially right now with the many varieties at the farmers' market. I'll have to pair them with some hearts of palm. Simple and fresh--perfect for summer.Thanks Patricia and Kalyn!

Anh said...

Pat, this salad sounds very delicious! Hm, I am still trying to taste that heart of palm!

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I must admit that I rarely eat hearts of palm -- perhaps I read somewhere that they are high in something I shouldn't eat, but I honestly cannot remember what! I will have to give them another try.

Anonymous said...

I agree 100% about Kalyn's recipes! They always look so tasty and have the bonus of being healthy too! This salad looks nice and refreshing :) I love freshly pickled heart of palm!

Susan said...

Great looking recipe, Patricia. I love the change of pace of a salad without lettuce.

Stella said...

I'll check her blog in a minute. Your blog is as wonderful Pat, I love reading your posts especially when it talks about how much your hubby likes your dishes;P

Truffle said...

This sounds scrumptious! What a fantastic combination of ingredients.

Celine said...

it sounds so delicious and refreshing! great idea, Patricia.

Linda said...

basil dressing! Yum! This looks so perfectly summer. thanks for posting it Patricia!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Janet, thank you!
I use only canned ones, since the fresh ones need to be cooked, if I'm not mistaken.

Deb, they're extremely light and low fat, so I use them a lot.

Lynn, I think it would be wonderful, what a delicious idea!

Tanna, exactly! Her recipes are great, and so are yours.
Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

Rose, me too! And low calorie, too. :)

Susan, tomatoes are wonderful, you're right! Thank you, sweetie!

Anh, you'll like it, I'm sure!

Lydia, I like them a lot and always have a jar in my pantry. :)

Joey, it's very refreshing and delicious with a slice of crusty bread. :)

Susan, I don't like lettuce, can you believe it? They taste like nothing - I always prefer rocket (arugula) or watercress instead.

Valetnina, you should! You'll love it, not to mention that Kalyn is such an adorable person.
I like it when he likes the food because he's such a picky eater. :)

Truffle, they go really well together. :)

Celine, thanks!

Linda, the dressing is delicious!

pam said...

Patricia, looks great, so light and refreshing. I am definitely adding this to my list of recipes to try! I can get feta, but I think I'll try it with the parmesan.

Andreea said...

i never had palm hearts - interesting :)
btw, my e-mail:

Helene said...

I use hearts of palm instead of artichokes when the price of cans get outrageously high... I have come to like them a lot

Kalyn Denny said...

Thanks for all the nice words. I'm so happy you've enjoyed this recipe, and I just love your idea of using lime juice in this. I must try your version too!

Kalyn Denny said...

Oops, forgot to say for those who seemed to be wondering, hearts of palm are very low in fat and carbs and don't have anything at all unhealthy about them that I'm aware of.

Karlz + Ma said...

Ooh, I've never tried hearts of palm, sounds intriguing though, I wonder if we get them in Australia!

Mallow said...

I'm not sure what hearts of palm are, but tomato and lime and basil already sounds delicious!

Aimée said...

That looks so yummy and fresh! I just love summer salads.

Nora B. said...

This looks and sounds very healthy and delicious. I like the combination of the flavours - I like your adaptation of the recipe.

Gattina Cheung said...

what a summer-y and delightl salad! I'm a convert; a few years back I didn't care much about tomato either... now, can't live without it :)
Pat, just received your lovely e-mail *kiss* Right now I only have a very limit time of using internet (still living in a temporary apartment) so can't do any undate at my blog, but still, whenever possbile, I'd just come straight to your blog and enjoy!

Kelly-Jane said...

It looks lovely and fresh, just the thing for now :) Will check out your link.

WokandSpoon said...

Great recipe! I've been looking for more interesting ways to eat healthily!

Anonymous said...

This sounds wonderful, Patricia. I particularly like the basil dressing. It was sounding like pesto 'til I got to the lime juice--a nice, tart kick.

Kirsten said...

That looks so refreshing for the hot weather, must try!

Donal said...


Thanks for checkin my blog! Love the stuff you cook here! Some really nice fresh recipe's! I have you bookmarked! :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Pam, thanks! I would love to try it with feta and will, just need to find it at a reasonable price and close to home. :)

Andreea, you should try them, they're great!
And tks for the email!

Helen, artichokes are delicious as well and I think they'd work wonderfully here!

Kalyn, I'm glad you liked it! This salad is a huge hit at home. And you are so right, they light, low fat and delicious.

Pinkeagle, I'm glad you stopped by!

Mallow, I agree with you.

Aimée, me too! And I've made this one even in cold days. :)

Nora, thank you! The basil dressing is just delicious.

Gattina, I'm glad to hear you got my email, sweetie! We have missed you a lot!

Kelly-Jane, go ahead, you'll love it!

Wok and Spoon, this is a wonderful way to cut down fat and some calories as well. ;)

Terry, tks! I use lime a lot in my salads, I usually prefer it to vinegar.

Kirsten, you should!

Hi! Thank you for the visit and I have you bookmarked, too. ;)

Cris said...

I love hearts of palm, and I will try your recipe soon, I need a mortar now! :-)

Michelle | Bleeding Espresso said...

This look great, and just like something that's normal fare around here as well; I live in southern Italy so anything with tomatoes is fair game ;)

Haven't seen hearts of palm around here, though, but this is a good reason to look!

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