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Heart of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)

Good day, everyone! After our elaborate Mother’s Day sweet feast and an extra couple of pounds, how about something light and versatile such as these fresh Heart of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)?

Heart of palm, also known as palm heartis a vegetable harvested from the inner core of certain palm trees such as  coconut, açaí, pupunha,  among others. In my home country, Brazil, heart of palm is consumed by itself as well as incorporated into various salads, of which this traditional heart of palm salad is the most popular.  Also, it is often used as a filling for empanadas and empadinhas (mini pot pies).  Hearts of palm are also great in bisques and soups, stews, baked rice, etc.

Palm hearts are considered a delicacy due to the labor-intensive process needed to harvest them. The Northern states of Pará and Amapá have become the largest producers and exporters of hearts of palm in Brazil since the 1980’s. Brazil used to be the highest exporter of uncultivated hearts of palm, but in the 90’s lost its position to Ecuador and its cultivated hearts of palm.  France still remains the largest importer though!!!  Hearts of palm are available fresh or, more usually, canned or in jars, available both online and at Latin markets.

Hearts of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)

Hearts of palm are white, cylindrical, crisp, and mildly sour. They come from the center core of a palm tree and contain fiber.  Low in calories, they are especially recommended for the dietary management of obesity and constipation.  If you have never tried this delicacy, it is easy to buy a can and prepare this wonderful heart of palm salad. To make it unique and fun, I decided to serve our heart of palm salad on skewers, although it is traditionally served on a plate in Brazil. Ours is more of a modern approach… After all, if Brazilians can serve meats on skewers (churrasco), why not one of its most traditional salads, right? 🙂

These heart of palm salad skewers are very versatile! They can be served as an appetizer or main dish depending on the size of the skewers, or even as a side dish for a summer barbecue.

Heart of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)

The traditional Brazilian heart of palm salad calls for greens (often arugula or lettuce), tomatoes, red onions, and of course, hearts of palm. It is dressed with olive oil and vinegar, and seasoned with salt and pepper.  Yes, it’s as simple as that!  Our hearts of palm salad  is similar, although with a very few tweaks, as you will see soon. 🙂

Enjoy our heart of palm salad skewers (or salada de palmito no espeto)… and have a healthy week!!!


Have you ever tried hearts of palm?  

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Heart of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)
Heart of palm salad skewers are a fun, healthy, vegetarian dish that can be served as an appetizer, main dish or an accompaniment for a summer barbecue.
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  1. To prepare the salad, assemble 4 heart of palm salad skewers by inserting and alternating heart of palm chunks, grape tomatoes, salad leaves, and chunks of red onion (optional) as shown in the pictures, or as desired. Each of our skewers contains 3 heart of palm chunks, 2 grape tomatoes, salad leaves, and 2 to 4 chunks of red onion. Once skewers are assembled, chill in refrigerator for about 30 minutes, covered with a wet paper towel.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, whisk all the ingredients together well until obtaining a thick and homogeneous dressing. Drizzle the heart of palm salad skewers with the dressing, sprinkle with thyme leaves, and serve!



Hearts of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)

34 Responses to Heart of Palm Salad Skewers (Salada de Palmito no Espeto)

  1. [email protected] Riffs May 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Heart of palm, I’m sorry to say, is an underutilized ingredient in my kitchen. My loss, because it’s such good stuff. And this looks so excellent! Terrific recipe — thanks.

    • Denise Browning May 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks, John! I love heart of palm…It is a very versatile ingredient and quite tasty as well. I hope you can try to incorporate this in your recipes. It is low cal and contain fiber.

  2. sallybr May 15, 2014 at 7:10 am #


    You know, I often tell you I am going to make one of your recipes, and intentions are good, but time passes and they stay in my folders waiting, with me dreaming…(well, I did make the pumpkin brigadeiros, maybe you remember that…)

    so here I go – but this time I SWEAR I’ll make this before this upcoming weekend is over.

    and I am using all your readers as witnesses. HA!

    too good to pass, I love love LOVE this presentation!

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 7:35 am #

      Thanks so much, Sally! I do appreciate your interest in my recipes and I hope you can make them when you have a chance… and enjoy. My husband and I devoured all these salad skewers by ourselves. My kids did not have even the chance to taste them. 🙂 It is something quick and simple yet hearty and delicious. You won’t regret to make them. Wishing you a great day!

  3. Chris @ The Café Sucré Farine May 15, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    These look wonderful Denise. I always forget about hearts of palm and how delicious they are. I love the idea of serving your salad on skewers!

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 7:36 am #

      Thanks, Chris! I though it would be fun to present the salad on skewers and proper for a summer barbecue.

  4. Mi Vida en un Dulce May 15, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Oh yes, this exactly what I need after all the celebration for Mother’s Day

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 7:56 am #

      Me too, Nydia! I do really need to shed the pounds gained but eating something delicious and fresh such as this salad on skewers.

  5. Deb May 15, 2014 at 10:46 am #

    I adore the lower-calorie salad on a skewer! Including hearts of palm instead of cheese is such a great idea! Who knew salad could be so enticing!

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 12:33 pm #

      Hi, Deb! Thank you… I am already thinking to make this again!

  6. Kathleen May 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    These look so delicious! Can’t wait to try them. Thank you!

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 2:14 pm #

      It is always my pleasure, Kathleen! I hope you enjoy these salad skewers as much as my hubby and I did.

  7. [email protected] is How I Cook May 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm #

    Love Hearts of Palm. I just did a salad with it a few weeks ago! Totally good!

    • Denise Browning May 15, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

      Thanks, Abbe! I am glad that you enjoy this Brazilian vegetable.

  8. Francesca May 15, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    ohhh i love hearts of palm. These look lovely!

  9. Lail | With A Spin May 16, 2014 at 12:09 am #

    I don’t think I have ever tried heart of palm but it sounds great. Your salad looks terrific, Denise.

  10. Purabi Naha | Cosmopolitan Currymania May 16, 2014 at 5:16 am #

    I loved the versatility of these skewers. These look so fresh and yum, Denise!

  11. Cassis May 16, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    Definitivamente, se tem algo que um turista no Brasil precisa comer, é o palmito! Especialmente o pupunha ou jabuticabal. Eles são divinos <3
    Denise, já experimentou parmegiana com palmito? Fica muitoo bom 😀

    • Denise Browning May 16, 2014 at 1:31 pm #

      Olá, Cassis!
      Ainda não experimentei palmito à Parmegiana, mas adoraria. Essa é uma excelente idéia mesmo. Obrigada pela sugestão!
      Obrigada pela visita. Um bom fim de semana pra você!

  12. Monet May 16, 2014 at 11:40 am #

    Hi Denise. What a lovely blog! My mom loves hear of palm, and I would love to surprise her with this salad the next time she comes over. Thank you for sharing!

    • Denise Browning May 16, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

      It is always my pleasure, Monet! I hope your mother enjoys this as much as we did. I am already looking forward to making this again, especially in the high summer. It is refreshing and wholesome!

  13. Amira May 17, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    I’ve never heard of these before…. This is a totally new ingredient for me. Thanks Denise for sharing.

    • Denise Browning May 17, 2014 at 8:15 am #

      It is my pleasure to share new ingredients here, Amira!

  14. Sugar et al May 17, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Palm hearts are new to me but they do sound amazing. This salad is so refreshing..I feel healthier just looking at it:-) I love the vibrant colours and flavours.

  15. Raymund May 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Another lesson learnt, I never used heart of palm apart from stir frying it with vegetables, I guess thats the Asian way. I guess now I have a new method of preparing them, thanks for the recipe

  16. Liz May 23, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

    I love hearts of palm…my mom introduced us to it when we were kids 🙂 And your skewers look like a terrific way to enjoy them!

    • Denise Browning May 24, 2014 at 7:18 am #

      Thank you, Liz! I grew up eating hearts of palm in many different dishes and really having an appreciation for them.


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