PALM HEART SALAD - MILLIONAIRES SALAD
I ate the famous Palm Heart Salad ‘ Millionaire's Salad’ for the first time during our first visit to Mauritius visit. Palm heart is a popular delicacy in Mauritian cuisine. They are often used as an ingredient in mixed salads and soups. It's a rich source of fiber, 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 hearts, 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 it ‘Salade Palmiste’. They use fresh palm hearts, sliced them, and soaked in milk and water. Here I used canned palm heart, we don’t get fresh once here. You all must be thinking about 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.
PALM HEART SALAD
1 piece of palm heart
1 cup of prawns
1 Tomato diced
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Peel the palm heart, then cut it into very thin slices, keep them in ice water with a little lemon juice to prevent oxidation.
In a salad bowl, mix lemon juice with olive oil to make a vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper.
Then strain the palm heart from the ice water and mix with the vinaigrette, mix well to coat the palm heart well with the vinaigrette.
Add the diced tomato, prawns, and chopped fresh coriander. Combine and plate with some ice-cold lettuce leaves.