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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hearts of Palm Salad

I've been craving hearts of palm salad out of nowhere!  Maybe it's all of the episodes of Mad Men that I've been watching?  This really was a mainstream dish in the 60's. The old school American style calls for pimento peppers, however, mine is with an Italian twist, using roasted red peppers instead. I love this dish for those hot summer days when a salad is all I want to eat for lunch.  It serves beautifully over a bed of sliced leafy romaine (I like to add quartered olives when I eat it like this, black or calamata).  It's an excellent side salad to serve with a sandwich as well!

1 jar whole hearts of palm sliced 1/8" inch
2 stalks celery halved and sliced in 1/4" inch
2 scallion onions sliced 1/2" inch
1 roasted red pepper sliced julienne
1 handful of fresh parsley chopped
1 whole lemon freshly squeezed
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (to taste)
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
Serves 2 main salad
Serves 4 side salad

In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix together well with a spatula.  Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.  Serve.
You can store this salad in the refrigerator to snack on throughout the work week!

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