Cavena Hearts of Palm Salad

Cavena Naked Oats Hearts of Palm Salad

Couple weeks ago I was contacted by Smart Foods to try a new grain called Cavena Nuda. This amazing grain, also known as Rice of the Prairies, is wheat free to my delight. Cavena Nuda, meaning Canadian Naked Oats, is a special hulless, hairless oat grown in Canada. If we look at it's excellent nutritional benefits 100 grams contains 397 calories, 12 grams dietary fiber, 4.4 grams soluble fibre, 17.2 grams protein, 45.2 milligrams calcium, 5.7 milligrams iron, no cholesterol, 385 milligrams potassium, no trans fats, total fat: 8.8 grams, and only 3.8 milligrams of sodium. Try this grain in salads, soups, to stuff your chicken breasts, in Cabbage Rolls or in any recipes that calls for rice.


For this salad I cooked the Cavena for 45 minutes. It has a nice nutty, crunchy texture. To my taste it is much better than brown rice. I mixed all the ingredients and let it sit for couple hours so that the flavors developed. The result was a delicious, healthy salad that I could not stop eating. Next time I will double the recipe. I hope you will buy Cavena, Rice of the Prairies, and incorporate this healthy grain in your diet.

Cavena Hearts of Palm Salad

Salad:
½ cup Cavena
Salt
½ cup cucumber, diced
½ cup tomatoes, sliced
½ cup Hearts of Palm, sliced
¼ cup feta, diced
2 Tbsps fresh basil

Vinaigrette:
3 Tbsps Olive Oil
1 ½ tsp Balsamic Vinegar
½ tsp Dijon
½ tsp Honey
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt to taste

Place Cavena in a saucepan and cover with cold water about two inches above oats.  Add a pinch of salt.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce the heat and cook for 45 minutes.  Drain and run cold water over the oats.  Let the oats cool at room temperature.

Mix the ingredients of the vinaigrette.  In a large bowl mix the oats, cucumber, tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, feta and fresh basil.  Add the vinaigrette and mix well. 

Let it marinate in refrigerator for couple hours.



26 comments

  1. I'm not familiar with this grain, but I love hearts of palm and am always looking for more ways to it. Thanks Helene.
    Sam

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  2. well when you make it that way who can resist? fabulous! and healthy

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  3. Hélène ta salade est très appétissante:)

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  4. Magnificent! I love hearts of palm.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. I have never had thos grain, sounds healty and the salade looks so good.

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  6. I suppose this grain is difficult to get even. I understand that could be replaced with brown rice? The photo makes you want to eat! Greetings from Spain.

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  7. I have not made heart of palm salad in ages. I have never heard of Cavena Nuda, but will certainly look for this today. I do cook a lot with quinoa; another old grain.
    Rita

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  8. that salad looks so fresh and refreshing and light and delicious- i wish i could eat it for lunch today! WOW!

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  9. I absolutely LOVE the sound of this whole grain, and love what you did with it. I can't resist a good salad, and this looks fabulous Helene. Beautiful shot from the top too, and beautiful ceramic platter! Hugs!!

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  10. My husband really fond of this heart of palm, I never really knew what to do with it, so glad that you posted this recipe of yours. Sounds delicious Helene!

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  11. Gorgeous salad! I am always looking to try out new grains, and hearts of palm is a favorite.

    xx

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  12. I don't know about cavena, but the salad looks extremely appetizing and delish. I love it.

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  13. Wow!! What a beautiful Salad. The ingredients are new to me but they look so great together, I need to try!

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  14. 'hairless oat' has a funny ring to it, but it seems like an amazing grain! thanks for sharing, helene. :)

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  15. It does sound delicious Helene,and I am always wiling to give Canadian products a chance.

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  16. The new grain sounds delicious! I have never tried hearts of palm before but I'm inspired to look for it at the store. Your salad is beautiful!

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  17. So interesting. I hadn't heard of this grain before, but I'd love to try it! Looks delicious in your salad.

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  18. I am new to your blog and it looks wonderful. Such delicious recipes. This is a gorgeous looking salad. Love to try it. Blessings, Catherine

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  19. I've never heard of cavena before, I'll have to see where to find it here it sounds interesting.

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  20. That, my dear, is stunning. Wish I could dive right in!

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  21. Hearts of palm are pretty much my favourite ingredient to put in a salad. I love how this looks - fresh and flavourful.

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  22. Gorgeous salad. Never tried cavena. Looks tasty!

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