Close up of Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm Salad with Artichoke Hearts and homemade Japanese Wafu dressing is a healthy  dinner salad that can also be served as a side salad. The dressing is made with soy sauce, vinegar, oil, shallots and fresh Shiso leaves and you can use it on any salad.

Hearts of Palm Salad is made from heart of palm, a vegetable harvested from the bud of a growing palm tree.  This is very similar to how bamboo is harvested in Japan to make takenooko.  Although heart of palm is very well known through many parts of Asia, it’s not found too often in Japan.

Hearts of Palm Salad features Hearts of Palm, Artichoke Hearts, Cherry Tomatoes, Butter or Bibb lettuce, and Cheese.  The ingredients are tossed together to create an incredibly tasty and healthy salad.  I love to this salad with Wafu (和風) dressing.  Wafu translates to Japanese Style, and this dressing features soy sauce, shallots, shiso (perilla leaves), rice vinegar, sugar, and oil all whipped up in a food processor until completely puréed.  I use a little sesame oil along with a neutral oil (such as canola oil or rice bran oil) to give the dressing an exotic, nutty flavor.  Some people like to add some toasted sesame seed to the dressing, but for me, sesame oil works nicely.

Hearts of Palm Salad drizzled with dressing in a ceramic rectangular bowl
Hearts of Palm Salad drizzled with Wafu Salad Dressing

Hearts of Palm Salad is crispy and has a nice crunch to it, so I avoid tossing it with the salad dressing preferring to put it at the table for guests to help themselves to. This healthy and delicious salad stays fresh for several days when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.

There are lots of ways to make Hearts of Palm salad – Kalamata olives, feta cheese, avocados, croutons, tortilla strips, cucumbers, and crunchy bell peppers are all great adders. As with many salads, you can be as creative as you’d like and still wind up with a great dish.

Give this nutritious salad a try and drizzle some Wafu dressing over it for a Japanese touch.

Let me know what you think in the comments section, below.

Hearts of Palm Salad

Hearts of Palm Salad with Japanese Dressing is easy to make and very healthy.  The ingredients for the salad can be modified – try it with Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese instead of Gouda for a Greek Salad or add Avocados and Tortilla Strips for a Tex-Mex version.  The Wafu dressing is easy to make and is a Japanese staple. Scale up the ingredients and whip up a huge batch- you can use it over and over again.  For best results, spoon the dressing over the salad after serving to prevent the salad from becoming soggy.

The salad will keep for three days in the refrigerator, and the dressing can be stored for up to two weeks.

15 minutes Serves 6
PREP 15 minutes
YIELD Serves 6
Close up of Hearts of Palm Salad



  • 1 14 oz can Hearts of Palm, drained
  • 1 14 oz can Artichoke Hearts, drained
  • 2 cups assorted Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 small head of butter lettuce
  • 4 oz Gouda Cheese, cut into cubes

Hearts of Palm Salad Ingredients

Shiso Wafu Dressing

  • 1 diced Shallot
  • 3 TBSP Soy Sauce
  • 2 TBSP Rice Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Vegetable Oil
  • 1 TBSP Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 6 Shiso Leaves

Shiso Wafu Salad Dressing Ingredients



  • Add the salad ingredients to a large bowl.  Lightly Toss and set aside.

Hearts of Palm Salad ingredients ready to mix in a large salad bowl

  • Purée the ingredients for the dressing into a food processor.

Wafu dressing after puréing

  • Serve the salad with the dressing on the side.


  • Refrigerate leftover salad for up to three days in an airtight container.
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