If you have never had hearts of palm (HOP), now is definitely the time to try them with one of these recipes. This list is compiled of the best of the best HOP dishes for beginners and pros alike. This canned ingredient is readily available in practically every grocery store.

The best part is that it is plant based, gluten free, low carb, and really tasty. Hearts of palm are tender, flaky and mild – similar to artichokes with a more earthy flavor. When pan seared they get a lovely crunch on the outside with a creamy center. 

What exactly is a heart of palm and how do you prepare it in a recipe? Referred to as a delicacy all over the world, this vegetable is harvested from inside the core of a certain kind of palm tree. These palm trees can’t be grown in just any place, therefore they are usually canned to preserve their shelf life.

HOPs are starting to gain popularity in the U.S. however other countries, like Brazil, have been cooking with this ingredient forever! They are plentiful in areas such as Costa Rica, South American and even Florida.

Trust me, once you have a bite of one of these hearts of palm recipes below, you will become a fan immediately! 

1. Heart of Palm Calamari

If you’re looking for crispy flaky deliciousness try these hearts of palm calamari rings! They’re so good you will want to get them all the time. When you slice them open just use your thumb and forefinger to pop the center right out. Try to aim for a 1 inch slice. That’s how you get the rings that become vegan calamari. While they are more tender than real calamari, they are just as scrumptious! All you have to do is toss them in seasoned flour mixture, pan fry, and serve. 

2. Grilled Shrimp With Hearts Of Palm

Everyone will adore this grilled shrimp with hearts of palm salad! It’s great any time of the year because it’s nutritious and packed with flavor. Featuring tender, juicy shrimp, perfectly seasoned hearts of palm, crisp cucumber, and more- you won’t be disappointed. The best part is that it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! Serve it with some crusty garlic bread and a side of rice for a full meal! 

3. Tostadas With Hearts Of Palm

Looking for easy vegan hearts of palm recipes that won’t break the bank? These tostadas with refried beans and vegetables is the perfect solution! Just grab the simple pantry staple ingredients like canned refried beans, canned hearts, olive oil, onion, garlic, and tostada shells or small tortillas! Then fry them up in a skillet and serve! They’re excellent with hot sauce, guacamole, sour cream, and whatever else you like as a topping. 

4. Baked Heart of Palm “Mozzarella” Sticks

The first time I had palm mozzarella sticks was at this awesome vegan restaurant. I asked them what the ingredient was and knew I had to make them at home too. I like how I can make them more crispy and less oily when I cook them myself too. All I needed to whip up my own hearts of palm mozzarella sticks was the hearts, cashews, breadcrumbs, seasoning, and marinara sauce!

5. Hearts of Palm Crab-Style Salad

Hearts of Palm Crab-Style Salad is the vegan side dish you didn’t know you needed to try. You’re going to adore this simple idea for plant-based crab salad! Featuring hearts of palm, crisp celery, red onions, black olives, and seasonings! Don’t forget the creamy dressing that is ready in minutes. It is quick and easy, light and refreshing and super versatile. Eat it as a dip or as a sandwich on toasted bread or hoagie buns. 

6. Hearts Of Palm Salad (With Avocado & Beets)

This Hearts of Palm Salad is made with simple pantry staples. What I adore about this salad other than it being so vibrant, is that you can really get a majority of the items and store them for a while. Then you just need avocado and fresh lime. With flavors like pickled beets, corn, and olive oil- what’s not to love? It’s ready in 15 minutes using a jar of hearts of palm that are cut into small pieces. Also a jar of pickled beets cut into small pieces, and a few more things. 


7. Crispy Hearts Of Palm Tacos

Hearts of palm recipes for tacos? Yes please! The pan seared hearts of palm transform into a texture similar to fish tacos but totally plant based! Crispy HOP Tacos will have you jumping for joy. All you need is a 14oz can of Native Forest Organic Hearts of Palm, rinsed and drained. Also 2-3 tbsp avocado oil, 1 pack of tortillas, 1 sliced avocado, and Pico de gallo for topping. Then chop up 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, red onion, and cilantro! 

8. Beer Battered Vegan Fish Tacos With Sweet Chili Glaze

This nutritious plant based beer battered fish tacos recipe bursts with flavor in your mouth! With ingredients like hearts of palm and seaweed you get a real classic marine flavor. They are also lightly fried and healthier than traditional fish tacos! The best part is the Sweet chili glaze. The palm mixture is lightly coated in a traditional beer batter and lightly fried before being packed into a charred corn tortilla with shredded purple cabbage, fresh cilantro and avocado. 

9. The Best Vegan Crab Cakes

Looking for vegan crab cake recipes? All you need are hearts of palm and a few other things. These cakes are golden brown and flaky, crispy and packed with vibrant flavors! Featuring a heavenly combination of hearts of palm and chickpeas that create a savory, satisfying side dish or full meal. If you’re looking for a simple and scrumptious recipe to impress your friends and loved ones this is the one for you. Serve with plant based tartar sauce and fresh lemon! 

10. Hearts of Palm Lasagna

Have you ever even heard of hearts of palm? If not, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. It’s the newest pasta replacement and I am so thrilled about it. This nutritious twist on a comforting classic meal. The texture is a little more firm than classic pasta but it’s really tasty. The best part is that HOP pasta is rich in fiber, magnesium, zinc, and iron – also low in carbs, is gluten free, and non GMO. Trust me one bite of this HOP lasagne and it will become your new favorite. 

11. Hearts of Palm Cakes (Vegetarian Crab Cakes)

This HOP cake recipe is easy and flaky and served with a mouthwatering garlic aioli. Excellent as a side dish or vegetarian main course, these cakes will knock your socks off. They feature a texture close to crab- silky and buttery. Upon first glance they appear dense however they are quite the opposite, they are fairly loose and fragile. With flavors like fresh garlic, dijon mustard and dried onions, what’s not to love? 

12. Hearts of Palm Salad (With Onion & Cherry Tomatoes)

Hearts of palm recipes like this salad with Onion & Cherry Tomatoes are super fresh and easy. In fact, this one only takes a few minutes to assemble. The best part is that it’s vegan, gluten free, Whole30, and low carb! Just drain and slice up 2 jars of hearts of palm to start! Then half some cherry tomatoes, thinly slice white onions, green onions, chop fresh cilantro, and add spices. Toss them together in a bowl until all mixed well and serve chilled.

13. Simple Hearts of Palm Pasta (With Cherry Tomatoes) 

If you’ve never made hearts of palm noodles instead of traditional pasta, now’s the time to try. Simple Hearts of Palm Pasta is super quick to make using minimal ingredients. In fact, it’s ready in less than 20 minutes! Featuring palm pasta, olive oil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, and a dash of grated Parmesan and fresh basil. Serve it with sparkling water or almond milk. 

14. Pan Seared Heart of Palm (With Lemon & Butter)

Heart of Palm is an intriguing item that I didn’t expect to taste so good. When I first popped that can open I was a bit thrown off by its appearance. They’re kind of like tofu in the sense that they don’t really have a distinct taste and texture. That’s why they’re so fantastic for making vegan scallops. Plus they’re ready in 20 minutes! All you need is canned HOP, Old Bay Seasoning, Salt, butter, lemon, Garlic Powder and Pepper to taste. 

15. White Bean and Hearts of Palm Salad

White Bean and Hearts of Palm Salad recipe is a 15-mInute pantry salad, featuring cucumber, celery and onion. It was created with things already present in the fridge and the pantry. You can use whatever dressing you want including oil and vinegar. Easily substitute lime juice instead of lemon or brown mustard instead of Dijon. You can by-pass the making-your-own dressing, and use about ¼ cup of bottled dressing!

16. Hot Jalapeño and Hearts of Palm Dip

Spicy hearts of palm recipes are always a hit with a crowd! And this Hot Jalapeño and Hearts of Palm Dip is fantastic for National Dip Day isn’t on March 23rd!  Serve it up for the tailgate season, holiday season, or an average Sunday! The best part is that it is delicious, spicy, and cheesy! Serve it up with chips, crackers, rye rounds, crostinis, or even tortilla chips. You can make it as spicy or mild as you want by either rinsing out the jalapeño seeds and veins, or leaving them all in! For best results use Melissa‘s Hearts of Palm! 

17. Brazilian Hearts Of Palm With Artichokes

This recipe for Brazilian hearts of palm salad is unbelievably delicious…and crazy simple to make. What I adore most about this salad is how a few cans of artichoke hearts and HOP can transform a plain salad into an exceptional side dish. The creamy lemon-mustard-garlic dressing amps everything up to another level too! This vibrant colorful salad is substantial that pairs with everything! Plus it is simple to double or triple the ingredients to feed a crowd. 

18. Roasted Hearts of Palm and Artichoke

Roasted Hearts of Palm and Artichoke is a heavenly and nutritious plant based side that will leave you wanting more. It is bursting with flavor, healthy, and surely not your average, everyday vegetable side dish. You can feel like you are dining on something elegant right in the comfort of your own home, any day of the week. You only need 7 simple ingredients, and that is including the salt and pepper!

19. Vegan Lobster

Hearts of palm recipes for Vegan Lobster!? Yes, you read that correctly! Tasty, tender, savory and served with a buttery lemon garlic dip. With just 7 ingredients and just 10 minutes of time you can have the best Vegan Lobster! Garlic Butter Heart of Palm Lobster needs 2 cans of hearts of palm that are drained and cut into large chunks. You also need vegan butter, garlic, water, spices, lemon juice, and fresh parsley.

20. Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds

For a recipe that you can really make your own and amp up your preferences, this spicy seared heart of palm rounds is where it’s at. The HOP do not really contain a distinct flavor of their own, and easily absorb any flavoring, seasonings, herbs, and spices you put with them. Using just 3 simple ingredients, this appetizer can be whipped up in less than 20 minutes! Spicy and Seared Hearts of Palm Rounds is totally vegan and sure to impress. 

21. Marinated Hearts Of Palm

Just because you can buy marinated HOP already in a jar ready to eat, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother making your own! Marinating them yourself at home means no added preservatives and a flavor put together according to your own preferences. The appetizer recipe below takes no more than 5 minutes, and is well worth every penny. The marinade doubles as a salad dressing. A fast meal idea is to slice up romaine, add a few nuts or pumpkin seeds and these marinated HOPs!

22. Hearts Of Palm Salad With A Zesty Citrus Dijon Dressing

How To Make A Hearts Of Palm Salad With A Zesty Citrus Dijon Dressing! This will instantly become your brand new favorite go-to salad. Featuring romaine lettuce, artichoke hearts, and Hearts of Palm drizzled with a mouthwatering citrus and Dijon dressing. Just grab 1 can sliced Hearts of Palm then drain them. Do the same with 1 can quartered Artichoke Hearts. Lastly, get romaine lettuce, orange marmalade, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and pepper. 

23. Bolognese with Hearts of Palm Spaghetti

Looking for hearts of palm recipes for spaghetti bolognese? This is one of my absolute favorite recipes I’ve ever had in my life. I have adored spaghetti bolognese my whole life so when I discovered this lightened up version using HOP I was in heaven. The noodles are made completely out of hearts of palm making them gluten free, low carb, and low in calories! I love how it tastes and it tastes so well with the bolognese sauce. If you can start early, “marinate” the HOP spaghetti in almond milk for 20-30 minutes to get rid of any veggie taste. 

24. Vegan Fish Sticks

These plant based Fish Sticks feature shredded heart of palm that are coated in a beer batter and served with dairy free tartar sauce! If you love incredibly tasty snacks that are also healthy this is the recipe for you. Of all the recipes in the world that need to be veganized, fish can seem the most difficult. However this meal is a lovely vegan seafood replacement. Anyone and everyone will enjoy the flavor. For best results use Panko Bread Crumbs and Roasted Seaweed!

25. Hearts of Palm ‘Crab’ Rangoon

Hearts of Palm ‘Crab’ Rangoon are so puffy and crispy with a creamy center! These little dumplings have a vegan crab mixture that tastes oh-so cheesy. It’s so delicious you might even say it’s better than the original! They’re the perfect bite size finger food for any occasion. Ingredients needed include vegan cream cheese or soft nut cheese, hearts of palm, onion stalk, vegan wonton wrappers, water, and oil for frying- yum! 

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