FOOD FRIDAY: Chef Eric Leterc's Farmers Market Heart of Palm Salad

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, we're sharing a fresh farmers' market recipe from Chef Eric Leterc of The Pacific Club. This refreshing salad is perfect for summer, when tomatoes, avocado and basil are abundant.

Originally featured in The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook: Vol. 2 - The Chefs' Guide to Fresh Island Foods.

Heart of Palm Salad by Eric Leterc. Photo by Adriana Torres Chong. Photo by Adriana Torres Chong.

Heart of Palm Salad

by Chef Eric Leterc, The Pacific Club

  • 2 cups heart of palm
  • 10 cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 10 grapefruit sections
  • 1 avocado, peeled, seeded and cubed
  • 10 whole fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 tubular chives, sliced
  • Juice of a whole fresh lemon
  • Salt

In a bowl, combine heart of palm, tomatoes, grapefruit, avocado and basil leaves, tossing gently. Drizzle with olive oil and toss again. Add lemon juice, chives and salt to taste and toss again. Transfer to serving plates.

Serves 2

Tips from Chef Eric

  • Heart of palm is the core of the peach palm, cultivated on Hawai‘i Island. It has a delicate flavor, so you want to keep the preparation simple and complementary to the product. This salad is refreshing and healthy; I hope you enjoy it!
  • There are two ways to cut heart of palm. The bottom, thicker part can be sliced thin and cut into crunchy matchsticks. For the top part, insert a knife lengthwise along the heart and remove the outer layer. Then simply slice the heart of palm into tender rounds.
  • There are two kinds of chives—flat ones, known as Chinese chives, and round or tubular chives. Chinese chives are used more like a vegetable, while round chives are incorporated into salads for their flavors or used as an herb garnish.

For more delicious, fresh recipes from 18 of the Islands' top chefs, using ingredients straight from our local farmers markets, pick up a copy of The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook: Vol. at our online store. Royalties go to the Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation to protect, advocate and advances the social, economic and educational interest of our diverse agricultural community.

The Hawaii Farmers Market Cookbook: Vol. 2
by The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation
Edited by Joan Namkoong
Softcover, spiral bound; 152 pp.

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