Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ceviche Salad with Hearts of Palm and Avocado

Ceviche, the Latin American dish of raw fish "cooked" in lime juice, works as a technique for preparing this hearty, tangy salad. The star here are some hearts of palm I picked up in a grocery store clearance bin - what a great find! They're combined with avocado, tomato, sweet corn, and mango, marinated in a lime juice and cilantro "ceviche" base. Here's the simple recipe, inspired by a ceviche salad in Rick Bayless' Mexican Everyday.

Marinade ingredients:
Juice from two limes
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp. salt

Stir up the ceviche marinade, and add whatever fruits and veggies you like. I used:
3/4 cup sliced hearts of palm
1 avocado, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
1/2 a ripe mango, diced

Garnish with additional cilantro and lime. Popcorn is a fun traditional ceviche topping, but I skipped it today - I recommend it though.

I had to snap a picture of these delicious slices of raw bread - I finally picked up Ani's Raw Food Kitchen last week, after seeing so many amazing pics online from her recipes. This is the sesame sunflower bread - really tasty, and ground flax seeds work so well to bind the bread together. I don't have a dehydrator, but I do have a gas oven. The pilot light always keeps the oven slightly warm and very dry, so I made these by just keeping them in the cooled oven overnight. I know it's slower than a real dehydrator, and probably wouldn't work for a lot of things, but I'm definitely making these on a regular basis.


I ♥ puggies said...

Oh wow, it looks amazing! I just can't wait to try it! I just love finding things on clearance.

Bianca said...

That raw sunflower bread is my favorite thing in Ani's book! Yours look much prettier than mine did since you cut yours in straighter lines. :-)

Anonymous said...

Interesting...even when I was a not a vegan, I've never had ceviche....it just never entered my tummy....

It does look amazing Mikey and who taught ya how to cook genius????

and as for the wander lust....yea I hear ya...there are too many places we want to go too ....hope you can check off some places on your wish list soon!