Hearts Of Palm Dip


Hearts of Palms are funny things.  They’re weird looking, I’m pretty sure no one knows where exactly they come from, and they don’t have an incredibly strong taste or flavor associated with them.  I think the first time I encountered them, I was fairly certain I wouldn’t be a fan.  However, I ended up loving them!  From that point on, I tried to convince my mom to buy a can or two (note: they are fairly expensive) whenever we went to the grocery store. 

In hindsight, that makes me sound a bit weird, doesn’t it?  Don’t worry, I also asked for normal childhood treats, such as fruit by the foot, gushers, and pretty much any other fruit snack in existence. 

In the past, the only real thing I’ve ever done with this funny-looking vegetable is slice it and add it to salads. Not too exciting, I know.

But, lately, my family and I have been enjoying them in dip form. Yes, hearts of palm make delicious dips! We’ve all been missing out for years.

The biggest wow factor in this dip is the citrus.  It is packed with lime zest and freshly squeezed lime juice, which makes it very refreshing and light.  Other than that, it incorporates many of the usual flavors we add to homemade dips, including garlic and olive oil. 


I ended up adding a small handful of fresh cilantro leaves to brighten up the color as well. Lime and cilantro are a match made in heaven. Feel free to leave it out or substitute it for flat leaf parsley!

Though I provide a simple recipe below, think of it more as a starting out point, as I’m sure this could be equally delicious in many different variations. 


Full Recipe: Hearts Of Palm Dip

Not only is this dip incredibly easy to put together, but it is also very healthy and packed with flavor.  Serve it with with your favorite chips or vegetables for a quick starter!

Makes ~ 1 1/2 Cup


P.S.  In case any of you were wondering, this dip goes fantastically with Trader Joe’s new “Lavash” chips (seen above).  Even if you’re not going to make the dip, at least buy these chips.  They are really good. 

P.S.S. After writing this, I looked up “Hearts of Palm” in my handy-dandy food encyclopedia (an amazing book), which I turn to whenever I have a question like this, and found out that hearts of palm are “the growing stem tips of South American peach palm trees…which readily re-sprouts after its tip is cut” (Harold McGee, On Food & Cooking, p. 316).  Mystery solved. 


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