*This quick tossed salad is an elegant and easy first course; it’s great paired with grilled meats and other rich foods.

What to buy: Use the delicate inner stalks of a head of celery, including the tender leaves. Don’t be fooled by whole celery stalks packaged as celery hearts.

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  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Total: Under 5 mins
  • Active: Under 5 mins

Ingredients (5)

  • 1/2 pound romaine hearts, torn into bite-size pieces (about 6 cups)
  • 1 medium English or Persian cucumber, seeded and cut into large dice (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped celery hearts (inner leafy stalks)
  • 1/2 cup sliced hearts of palm
  • Fresh Thyme Vinaigrette


Toss together romaine hearts, cucumber, celery hearts, and hearts of palm in a large bowl. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired. Serve immediately.