Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl


This Community Recipe is Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl. This is a big, bright bowl of vibrant salad greens, succulent palm hearts and soft juicy mandarin pieces. With creamy avocado and topped off with a generous handful of crunchy, curly salad noodles. A lime honey dressing wraps this Asian inspired dish together. Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl is a true flavor and texture explosion!

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All about Michelle Sterescu

Michelle lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband Dan and two sons. She is the cook, recipe developer, photographer and blogger behind The Yummy Yenta. Michelle shares fabulous, traditional, kosher style recipes. Her dishes can be tweaked to suit everyone’s personal family customs and traditions. Her inspiration has always been her beloved Bubbie. She was always cooking up something delicious from fresh ingredients. When she’s not cooking and creating recipes, Michelle is a part time dental hygienist, a wife, and mom to her two boys.

Michelle loves to cook, interior decorate, watch lots of TV, and spend time with family and friends. One of her favorite meals is her Bubbie’s cabbage rolls. (If that’s your idea of a dream recipe, try Jewish Food Hero’s plant-based version here).


How was this recipe created?

Michelle loves hearts of palm and is always looking for ways to be creative using it in recipes. Michelle had the idea to add some crunchy noodles. That led to this Asian style flair dish complete with juicy sweet mandarin pieces. Avocado adds some creaminess and a simple honey lime dressing pulls it all together.

Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl is a complete meal on its own. Also, it would be great alongside grilled marinated tofu, fresh summer rolls and carrot salad. 


What are hearts of palm?

Hearts of palm are the succulent center of some varieties of palm tree. Most hearts of palm available in the US come from Costa Rica. You can buy them fresh from Asian supermarkets. Also, they are also widely available in cans and jars.

Why are hearts of palm so great? Firstly, this low-carb vegetable has a firm texture and a delicate crunch. Secondly, they are mildly sweet, low in cholesterol and an amazing source of fibre. Finally, hearts of palm are a great source of potassium and a variety of vitamins. The flavor and texture can be compared to an artichoke.

You can add hearts of palm to many dishes, including omelettes and pies. For the best results, give them minimal interference. Just like in Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl!


Ingredient Focus:

Hearts of Palm 

Mandarin Oranges 

Crunchy Salad Noodles 

If you are looking for a healthier lower-fat option, you can top Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl with brown rice noodles


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Michelle’s Hearts of Palm and Mandarin Crunchy Noodle Bowl

  • Author: Michelle Sterescu
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 servings 1x
  • Category: Salad



1 head romaine lettuce or mixed greens 

1 can hearts of palm, thinly sliced 

1 can mandarin oranges 

1 avocado, sliced 

1 cup puffed rice noodles or crunchy salad noodles 

1 tbsp fresh basil, chopped 


Juice of 1 lime 

1 tbsp olive oil 

1 tsp honey or agave
Salt/pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together dressing ingredients. Set aside. 

  2. Place the romaine lettuce in a large bowl. 

  3. Place avocado slices around the rim on the bowl. 

  4. Fill the center of the salad with hearts of palm and mandarin oranges.

  5. Scatter chopped basil. 

  6. Place a heaping cup of crunchy noodles on top of the salad. 

  7. Serve with dressing on the side or mixed in.

Keywords: hearts of palm, vegan noodle bowl, crunchy noodles

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