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Avocado Onion and Hearts of Palm Salad
This recipe is kosher for Passover.
Avocado Onion and Hearts of Palm Salad Eileen Goltz | Pareve
20 minutes 20 minutes
8 appetizer servings

An amazing salad that you can top with chicken, fish, or cheese or serve all by itself!

  • 1 (14-oz.) can hearts of palm
  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 small red onion
  • ½ to 1 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • Bibb or red leaf lettuce leaves

  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup oil

  1. Place all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together.* Set the dressing aside.
  2. Drain hearts of palm and slice into rounds. Thinly slice the red onion, and dice the avocado.
  3. In a large salad bowl combine the hearts of palm, avocado, and red onions. Add the dressing and toss to coat.
  4. Shred the lettuce and divide between 8 plates. Mound the hearts of palm mixture on top.
  5. Sprinkle the pine nuts on top and serve.

Kashrut Instructions


DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.

Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.

INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.

RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.


  1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
  4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
  5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
  6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.