Palm heart salad, we ate our first palm hearts in the famous 'Millionaires Salad' during our Mauritius visit. Palm heart is a popular delicacy in Mauritian cuisine. They often used as an ingredient in mixed salads and soups. Its a rich source of fibre, protein and minerals and aids digestion. The three most common types of palm hearts you will find in shops are the white palm heart, the royal palm heart and the palm heart of a coconut tree. Generally they use white palm heart, trees are cut open after seven 7 years to extract a small 30 cm -sized heart, which feeds only 3 people in a salad. In Mauritius they call its 'Salade Palmiste'. They use fresh palm hearts, sliced it and soaked in milk and water. Here I used canned palm heart, we dont get fresh once here. You all must be thinking how it tastes, its a bit bland-crunchy but with no particular flavour so we need to add some extra flavoures to it while preparing. Here is my version of palm heart salad with passion fruit dressing.
- Palm Heart 400gm , can one
- Lettuce few
- Olive Oil 1 tbsp
- Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
- Pepper Powder 1/4 tsp
- Passion fruit Pulp 4 tbsp
- Saugar 1 tsp
Drain and rinse palm heart and cut into lengthwise slices. Rinse lettuce leaves with water and drain and keep it aside.
Combine lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper powder and keep it aside. Take a bowl and put lettuce leaves and sliced palm heart and pour lemon juice mix and mix well.
Combine passionfruit pulp with sugar. Take a plate or bowl and arrange the palm heart and lettuce mix, now pour the passion fruit mix over it and serve immediately. If you want can keep in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes then serve that also tastes good.