The heart of palm is a unique vegetable harvested from the inner core of specific types of palm trees. Primarily harvested from acai palm, jucara, peach palm, and coconut palm, hearts of palm aren’t too dissimilar to jackfruit.
In fact, a lot of people would argue that hearts of palm are actually more versatile.
Thanks to this versatility, we have endless possibilities when it comes to using up that last can we have at the back of the cupboard. It’s a brilliant seafood or meat substitute that tastes great in a wide range of dishes. These include salads and dips.
In today’s post, we’re going to show you 20 of the best-canned hearts of palm recipes you can make.
If you want to make something quick and easy with your last can of hearts of palm, make sure you stick around!
We’ll start our list of heart of palm recipes with one of the heartiest, warming, and healthiest dishes you can make. Moqueca de Palmito is a vegetarian and vegan-friendly version of a traditional Brazilian stew.
Incorporating the heart of palm brilliantly, this dish has a combination of vibrant veggies and spices that help create a filling, well-textured dish.
The addition of coconut milk gives the dish a lush sweetness.
If you love all things sweet and zingy, you’ll love this avocado, apple, and hearts of palm salad.
The combination of hearts of palm, apple, and avocado offers a stunning variation of flavors and plenty of nutrients.
Packed with vitamins and minerals, adding a dash of lemon gives the salad that extra zing. Make sure you add the dressing to give the dish some creaminess.
If you’re following a strict diet but still need a refreshing lunch full of protein, give this busy day lunch salad a try.
Thrown together in just 15 minutes, this vibrant salad can be easily made in batches, giving you a week’s worth of lunches in one go.
Keeping you full for hours, the busy day lunch salad contains hearts of palm, garbanzo beans, lemon juice, low-fat mozzarella cheese, onion, and tomato amongst other things.
For a hearty, comforting family dinner, turn to this delicious seafood chili. Heavy on the seafood, this dish is perfect for anyone that loves the fresh taste of fish.
Loaded with hearts of palm and veggies too, this dish is sweet, savory, and spicy. Packed with intense chili flavors, lime, and plenty of garlic, this chili packs a very strong punch.
The seafood the recipe calls for includes shrimp, crab, and scallops.
Creamy, rich, and full of intense flavors, this heart of palm risotto offers an interesting twist on a classic dish. Containing lots of vegetables, rice, heart of palm, and broth, this dish is super savory.
Unlike most risotto, the grains cook in a mixture of wine and broth. This is great because it gives the risotto an extra burst of flavor.
Next up, we have another excellent salad recipe that makes full use of your canned hearts of palm.
Consisting of hearts of palm, cucumber, artichoke, and mango, this salad is vibrant, filling, sweet, and savory. Addictive and quite frankly irresistible, the exotic salad is also incredibly healthy.
Thanks to the variety of fruit and vegetables, this salad is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins.
Do you love a good lobster roll, but can no longer have one because you’re following a vegan diet? Don’t panic, this vegan lobster roll recipe has you covered.
This lobster roll might not be exactly the same as a classic lobster roll, but as far as imitation foods go, it’s got to be right up there.
With a splash of Old Bay and a generous serving of vegan mayo, you can bring the hearts of palm to life and mimic the fresh flavors and textures of real lobster.
Sticking to the theme of imitation foods, the next recipe on our list lets you make the best imitation crab cakes.
Perfect for vegetarians and vegans, your guests probably won’t even realize there’s no crab in these delightful golden cakes.
Full of hearts of palm, veggies, and spices, this crab cake recipe is quick, easy, and most importantly delicious.
Like the vegan rolls, make sure you smother your crab cakes in Old Bay and vegan mayo for the best flavors.
Looking for something super simple to make, as well as nice and healthy? Check out this hearts of palm and broccoli soup recipe.
Rich in fiber and protein, this elegant-looking soup is fresh, light, flavorful, and full of nutrients.
The broccoli gives the soup a more interesting texture, while the cheese, butter, and cream give the soup that creamy texture and consistency we all love.
The next recipe on our list is a wonderful Mexican-inspired taco recipe. Perfect for taco Tuesday or meatless Monday, these vibrant, spicy tacos are a true crowd pleaser.
A great centerpiece at any party, the combination of hearts of palm and chipotle Baja sauce is unbelievable. When put in a taco shell, things just get better.
They’re crispy, juicy, fresh, spicy, and bursting with flavor.
What’s not to like?
In just 20 minutes and with only 6 basic pantry ingredients, you can make some awesome vegan calamari.
Ideal for those of you following a vegan-friendly diet, this recipe follows the same principle as making normal calamari, just without the squid.
While the recipe calls for you to fry the calamari in a skillet, you can easily use an air fryer if you have one.
With the help of breadcrumbs, you can effortlessly recreate a crispy batch of calamari bites.
Vegan carnitas is normally made using jackfruit. Little do many people realize you can also make some amazing carnitas with hearts of palm. Luckily for us, this recipe from Blissful Basil does just that.
The key to getting this recipe right is slowly cooking the hearts of palm in the crockpot with the right spices. When done right, the hearts of palm become flavorsome and mouthwateringly tender.
This recipe will be a big hit with your family and friends.
If you want to make the best artichoke hearts dip possible, you simply have to make it using hearts of palm.
Healthier than most roasted artichoke dips, the hearts of palm gives this classic dip a little bit extra. Surprisingly addictive, you’ll find your family fighting over who gets the last bite.
Aside from hearts of palm, this dip is packed with artichoke hearts, garlic, and cheese.
This heart of palm po’ boys recipe comes with everything we’d expect from this New Orleans classic. However, it’s perfectly put together with ingredients that make it suitable for vegans.
Slightly healthier than traditional po’ boys, this hearts of palm recipe looks great, takes little time to make, and tastes even better. What more could we ask for?
If you’re on the lookout for a solid vegan option for your next BBQ, make sure you save this recipe.
Guaranteed to be a big hit at your next BBQ party, these sandwiches leave your canned hearts of palm dripping in powerful, mouth-watering barbecue sauce.
Throw it on a toasted bun with some fresh, zingy coleslaw and you’re all ready to go.
Now you’ve stumbled across our recipes, you can stop your search for party appetizers. Save yourself any more hassle by making this awesome hearts of palm dip.
Perfect for those last-minute party preparations, this tangy, garlicky dip can be made in 15 minutes.
Offering a more unique flavor you could create a vegetable dipping station using the hearts of palm as the main centerpiece.
Next, we have another quick, easy, and tasty salad recipe for you. This time, the recipe calls for hearts of palm, avocado, and grapefruit.
What we love about this salad is its freshness. Ripe avocado, canned hearts of palm, and ripe grapefruit go together perfectly. Sweet, tangy, and earthy, the salad has a wide range of flavors to offer.
The addition of spinach and kale makes the salad all the healthier.
You can use canned hearts of palm to make a beautiful vegan ceviche (see also ‘13 Delicious Ceviche Recipes‘). Easily the best thing about this vegan ceviche recipe is how easy it is to make.
All you need are hearts of palm, red onion, tomato, cucumber, cilantro, olive oil, jalapenos, salt, and other spices.
You can even make things more tropical by adding mango into the mix. We also find that avocado works well in this dish.
Let’s be honest, we all love fish sticks. No matter how old we are, we’ll never turn one down. This recipe shows you how to make the best vegan fish sticks using canned hearts of palm.
Ready in under an hour, the texture and flavor of the fish sticks are phenomenal.
The beer batter gives the fish sticks a stunning color and delightful crunch, while the hearts of palm offers the soft texture and lightness of fresh fish.
For the best flavor, you have to use Old Bay.
Don’t forget the tartar sauce either!
While it might be hard to fall in love with this Italian salad without the mozzarella, hearts of palm gives it a good go.
A good option for vegetarians and vegans, this Caprese salad recipe contains no meat or dairy products.
In all honesty, it’s not as good as the real thing, but it’s still full of flavor, simple to make, vibrant, and refreshing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should You Rinse Canned Hearts Of Palm?
You don’t have to rinse the hearts of palm before eating it but it can help. Canned hearts of palm can contain high levels of sodium. Rinsing them off will reduce sodium levels.
How Long Can I Keep Canned Hearts Of Palm?
When stored properly and kept unopened, a can of hearts of palm will stay good for 3 to 5 years.
Can You Eat Heart Of Palm Raw?
Yes, you can eat heart of palm raw. There is nothing wrong with doing so.
Canned hearts of palm is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of dishes. An excellent meat and fish substitute, it is primarily used to replace fish meat in salads, sandwiches, and chilis.
However, as our list demonstrates, there are many more things we can use canned hearts of palm for.
We’ve given you 20 amazing recipes to choose from. All you have to do now is narrow the list down and decide which recipes you want to try first.