Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad

Wondering what to do with that can of hearts of palm? This tangy hearts of palm salad is fresh, light and really out of the ordinary. It’s loaded with fresh citrus and a simple citrusy vinaigrette. Make this as a starter salad to a special meal.

Before I made South Florida my home, I used to visit the area for Spring Break.  There were 24-hour car rides to Key West and slightly less painful 20-hour treks to South Florida.  Aside from a lot of beer, hamburger joints and diners, we also sampled some not so traditional “college fare” like conch fritters, fish dip and this Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad.

If you’ve never tried hearts of palm, it actually IS the heart of a palm tree. The harvesting process is laborious, so this creamy, mild vegetable is considered a delicacy, but it’s not priced as aggressively as caviar or truffles.  In fact, it’s nowhere near that!  My can was just over $3.

Since it’s such a mild, delicate flavor, hearts of palm work very well in salads.  I like them with fresh orange segments to really amplify that tropical flavor.

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To give this salad eye appeal and crunch, add half moons of english cucumber, thinly sliced red onion and peppery radishes.

A simple orange-dijon vinaigrette ties the flavors together.

Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad with micro greens.

This makes enough for four generous appetizer-sized servings or you could top it with a crab cake or grilled shrimp for a light meal. More salads to try: Pear Pomegranate Salad, Tangy Frisee Lardons Salad.

Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad on board with spoon
Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad in a white bowl

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Citrusy Hearts of Palm Salad

A bright salad with creamy hearts of palm, orange supremes and english cucumber with citrus honey dijon dressing.
Author: Lisa Lotts
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword hearts of palm
Dietary Restrictions Dairy-Free, Egg Free, Gluten-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4


For The Dressing:

  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain dijon mustard
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey preferably a citrus honey
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

For The Salad

  • 1 14-oz can whole hearts of palm drained, sliced crosswise into 1/4″ rounds
  • 2 large oranges supremed
  • ½ english cucumber thinly sliced into half moons
  • 2 radishes cut into matchsticks
  • ¼ medium red onion very thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup microgreens (optional)


Make The Dressing:

  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients for the dressing and whisk to combine.  Set aside.

Make The Salad:

  • In a wide, shallow bowl combine the hearts of palm, orange supremes, cucumber, radishes and red onion.  
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of dressing and toss to combine.  
  • If the salad needs more dressing, add it one tablespoon at a time, but don't overdress.  
  • Sprinkle micro greens over the salad and serve.


Best eaten the same day you make it.


Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 51.2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Love this recipe & the dressing is very refreshing.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the salad, sharon. Vinaigrette is a staple in our house.

  2. 5 stars
    Have just done it and it was absolutely delicious. I added watercress and rocket to it as well. Superb recipe. Very tasty and refreshing.

    1. So glad you enjoyed the salad. Hearts of Palm isn’t an every day ingredient, but I’m always reminded of how good it is when we make this salad

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve tried hearts of palm once I think on some vacation and I don’t really remember the taste. The way you describe it sounds really nice, mild and fresh. The salad looks so vibrant and bursting with flavour!

  4. 5 stars
    This looks great! I haven’t tried heart of palms but the way you made it look, has tempted me want to try it. I love adding fruit to my salad especially oranges and strawberries.

  5. 5 stars
    This salad looks delicious, Lisa! It’s been ages since I had hearts of palms. Next time I buy them I am trying this salad! 🙂

  6. I have never tried hearts of palm before, but this salad is beautiful and has such gorgeous flavours! I’m obsessed with citurs salads, so I must try this!