Just because it's a weeknight doesn't mean you can't experiment with new flavors and ingredients. If you've never had hearts of palm, consider making this recipe tonight. With a smooth, firm texture and artichoke-like flavor, hearts of palm look like white asparagus but with no tips. While it's difficult to find hearts of palm fresh, the canned variation is readily available and simple to use.

In this delicious dish, the palm hearts are mixed with cooling cucumber. The salad is a base for spicy seared shrimp. To look at the recipe,


Seared Shrimp with Cucumber Salad

Seared Shrimp with Cucumber Salad


  1. 1/2 cucumber, peeled, quartered lengthwise, and thinly sliced
  2. 1/2 small red onion, minced
  3. 1 jalapeno chile pepper, ribs and seeds removed, minced
  4. 1 can (15 ounces) hearts of palm, drained and thinly sliced
  5. 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  6. 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  7. Coarse salt and ground pepper
  8. 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined (tails removed)
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  11. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  12. 4 teaspoons olive oil


  1. In a large mixing bowl, toss together cucumber, onion, jalapeno, hearts of palm, orange juice, and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Dust shrimp with cumin, coriander, and oregano; season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons oil over high heat.
  3. Add half the shrimp; cook until browned on both sides and opaque in the center, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; repeat with remaining 2 teaspoons oil and shrimp.
  4. To serve, spoon shrimp over cucumber salad.

Serves 4.

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