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Arugula with Hearts of Palm, Grapefruit, and Oil-Cured Olives


Serves four as an appetizer.

  • 1 large Ruby Red grapefruit 
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. Champagne vinegar
  • 1 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 hearts of palm, rinsed, halved lengthwise, and cut on a diagonal into 3/4-inch pieces (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup pitted black oil-cured olives, halved lengthwise
  • 7 oz. arugula (preferably bunched), trimmed (about 5 loosely packed cups)
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

Finely grate 1/2 tsp. zest from the grapefruit; set aside. Slice just enough off the top and bottom of the grapefruit to expose the fruit. Stand the grapefruit on one cut end and slice away all of the peel and white pith. Working over a bowl, cut the segments away from the membranes, letting them fall into the bowl. Then, over another bowl, squeeze the membranes to get any remaining juice. Cut each segment into thirds.

In a small bowl, whisk 2 Tbs. of the reserved grapefruit juice and the zest with the oil, vinegar, rosemary, red pepper flakes, 1/4 tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper.

In a small bowl, mix the grapefruit segments, hearts of palm, and olives with 2 Tbs. of the dressing.

Toss the arugula and parsley in a large bowl with a generous pinch of salt and 3 Tbs. of the dressing. Divide the arugula among 4 plates, top with the hearts of palm mixture, and drizzle with the remaining dressing, if desired.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 200, Fat (kcal): 17, Fat Calories (g): 150, Saturated Fat (g): 2.5, Protein (g): 3, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 12, Carbohydrates (mg): 13, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 2, Sodium (g): 490, Cholesterol (g): 0, Fiber (g): 3,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Delicious and refreshing--great in winter as a prelude to a heavier main course. This recipe also lends itself to lots of variations. I omitted the olives, added avocado and red onion slivers, and substituted a simpler dressing--still really good.

This is a wonderful bright and flavorful salad plus it takes about ten minutes.I loved it

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