Hearts of Palm Dip
An easy hearts of palm dip that comes together in minutes! This garlicky dip pairs wonderfully with crackers, vegetables, or bread.
In the past, I’ve only used hearts of palm in salads.
But lately, my family and I have been enjoying them in dip form. Yes, hearts of palm make for a delicious dip! We’ve all been missing out for years. If you’re curious like me, hearts of palm are “the growing stem tips of South American peach palm trees…which readily re-sprouts after its tip is cut” (Harold McGee, On Food & Cooking, p. 316). Mystery solved.
The biggest wow factor in this hearts of palm dip is the citrus. It is packed with lime zest and freshly squeezed lime juice, which make it very refreshing and light. Other than that, it incorporates many of the usual flavors, including garlic and olive oil.
I ended up adding a small handful of fresh cilantro leaves to brighten up the color as well. Lime and cilantro are a match made in heaven. Feel free to leave it out or substitute it for flat leaf parsley!
Though I provide a simple recipe below, think of it more as a starting out point, as I’m sure this could be equally delicious in many different variations.
Hearts of Palm Dip
- 1 (14½-ounce) jar hearts of palm drained and roughly chopped
- 1 tablespoon (15 mL) extra virgin olive oil plus more for drizzling
- zest ½ lime
- 2 tablespoons (30 mL) fresh lime juice
- 1 medium garlic clove grated with a microplane
- ⅛ cup fresh cilantro leaves
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- Combine all of the ingredients in a small food processor. Pulse until mostly smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to a container, drizzle with olive oil, and season. Leftover dip can be transferred to a container and stored in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
8 Comments on “Hearts of Palm Dip”
So I just made a batch of carrot pulp crackers for the first time (yum!!) and wanted something other than the olive hummus I just picked up at Trader Joe’s and remembered I had a can of hearts of palm tips and cuts that’s been sitting in the cupboard waaay too long. Stumbled across this recipe and had half the amount your recipe. Alls for but used the same amount for the rest of it… the only addition I did was added some hemp seeds and some za’atar seasoning and I am loving it
I doubled this recipe for a family holiday gathering and hardly anyone tried it. My family is just NOT adventurous. If a dish doesn’t have cheese or meat, they don’t know what to do. It makes me a bit sad, but just for them. I’m getting used to it at this point. I was prepared for this though, and I’m grateful to have all of the fresh-tasting leftovers. I served with pita chips, bell pepper slices and multigrain crackers.
My 1 year old loves it — that’s the only food critic I should care about :o)
This was my first time using hearts of palm, the jar has been collecting dust and I’ve been sitting on this recipe…. glad I tried it!
I got hooked oh hearts of palm when searching for a new dish to serve at my cafe. Not knowing much about it, I paired it with a plate of pickled beets ( well drained), then the hearts and sprinkle with feta cheese. Now retired, I am seeking out variations. Thanks for sharing your dip recipe. I am looking forward to trying it. Of, I called my dish BHOP Salad, Acronym for beets and hearts of palm.
Mel — So glad you liked it! Yep, it is definitely garlicky–didn't really consider the breath factor when I typed this up 🙂 To make it a little less so, you could always use half a clove, or roast the garlic ahead of time, which would definitely change it up. Thanks for your feedback!
So glad I found this recipe! I had a jar of hearts of palm & had no idea what to do with it. Maybe my garlic clove was TOO large, but man this is pungent! That's not to say it's not delicious, but be careful taking it to the office – people will notice! 🙂
I have seen those chips but never bought them. That dip looks delish. This is my first time at your site and your top header might be the cutest one that I have EVER seen.
I saw hearts of palm in another recipe recently. I think it's a sign that I should hunt it down and try it. The dip looks delicious!
I never really utilize hearts of palm, but this dip looks SO good! And I definitely need to try those TJ's chips 🙂