There are few thing in life better than a fresh Caprese salad . . . except for a Caprese salad with hearts of palm. This simple recipe combines ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, vegan mozzarella, and a simple red wine vinaigrette and then adds in some buttery heats of palm that make this Caprese stand out amongst its peers.

Caprese Salad With Hearts Of Palm [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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For the Salad:

  • 6 medium red ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges (I used Campari tomatoes)
  • 1 14-ounce can hearts of palm, sliced
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 8 large basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces vegan mozzarella cheese, cut into cubes

For the dressing:

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut sugar
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Put all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.
  2. Whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the salad. Add it gradually and toss the salad after each addition so you can see how much dressing you need.


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  1. When I was in the Bahamas, a local pointed to the many palm trees and told me that "hearts of palm" come from those trees. When I asked him what the process was for harvesting, he said they are chopped down and…I said "wait, they chop the tree down?" and he said "yes, the heart of the palm is in the center of the tree, so yes, the palm tree is killed in the harvesting". Please, don\’t use hearts of palm in any recipe — perhaps this one can be tweaked to use a different ingredient.