Avocado and hearts of palm chop salad

By Patti Jinich
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All the best ingredients in one, delicious place. 



  • 3 ripe Mexican avocados or about 2 pounds, pulp cut into large chunks
  • 400 grams, or about 1 1/3 cups, hearts of palm drained, rinsed and thickly sliced
  • 1 cup corn kernels from 2 large freshly cooked ears of corn or thawed and cooked from frozen
  • 1 tablespoon red onion chopped
  • 170 grams cherry tomatoes or about 1 cup, whole or halved according to your preference
  • Vinaigrette dressing (see below)
  • 3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds toasted

For the vinaigrette:

  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 tsaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil


  1. To make the vinaigrette, pour the vinegar and lime juice in a small bowl. Add the oregano, salt, sugar, and black pepper. Pour the oil in a slow stream, whisking with a whisk or fork to emulsify. The vinaigrette can be made a day ahead of time and refrigerated, just emulsify before using.
  2. To toast the pumpkin seeds, place them in an already hot, small saute pan set over medium heat. Stir often, being careful that they don’t burn; until you start to hear popping sounds (similar to popcorn) and they being to acquire a nice tan, about four to five minutes. Remove from the heat and place in a bowl.
  3. In a bowl, gently mix the avocado chunks, hearts of palm, corn kernels, cherry tomatoes and red onion with the vinaigrette. Sprinkle with the toasted pumpkin seeds and serve.
  4. The dish can be served as a main salad with a side of toast or pita bread. Or serve it as a side salad to grilled chicken, fish or meat.


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