Two Heart Salad
Two-Heart Salad Carries Love Through the Year
By Joan Namkoong
The ivory-white heart of the peach palm adds a soft crunch to salads and is delicious when sliced and sautéed in a little olive oil. I like foods that have a heart, that require a little stripping away of outer shells to get to their inner core.
Lesley Hill and Michael Crowell of Wailea Ag Group grow peach palms, avocados, breadfruit, limes, Meyer lemons and other edibles on the Big Island. Lesley's daughter Micah brings the freshly harvested items to the KCC Farmers' Market every other Saturday.
For this salad I’ll combine sliced hearts of palm with Nalo Greens or baby romaine, dressed with a light Meyer Lemon Honey Dressing and topped with crunchy heart-shaped croutons. I actually prefer the thicker base portion of the heart of palm since it’s a bit firmer. I like to julienne-cut this portion and combine it with other vegetables for a crunchy salad. Or, as some chefs do, grill the hearts of palm first to add a smoky flavor, then slice and dress them.
Freelance food writer Joan Namkoong has helped organize several farmers' markets on Oahu and the Big Island. She's a believer in farmers' markets as sources for the freshest locally grown products as well as important components in building vibrant communities.