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INDIANAPOLIS– With some restaurants closed or with limited indoor and outdoor seating, more Americans are cooking at home. Celebrity chef Alton Brown has helped get people excited about cooking more with his youtube show “quarantine quitchen” and gives us a recipe to try at home.

French Avocado and Hearts of Palm Salad

Recipe Courtesy of Alton Brown

Active Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings: 4 servings


4 ounces (115 grams) French bread, sliced into 1-inch cubes (about 3 cups bread cubes)

7 tablespoons Healthy Choice Power Dressing Garden French

1 1/2 teaspoons safflower or other neutral oil

2 (5-ounce/140-gram) ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and sliced into thin wedges

1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

3 lightly packed cups butter lettuce, torn into 2- to 3-inch pieces

3/4 cup (4 ounces/115 grams) thinly sliced rounds of hearts of palm

1/4 cup (1 ounce/30 grams) finely diced inner celery stalks

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


1. Heat the oven to 300 degrees F.

2. In a large bowl, combine the bread with 1 tablespoon dressing and the oil. Toss, squeezing the bread lightly, to coat it completely with the dressing and oil. Transfer to a sheet pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until the croutons are lightly browned and crisp, about 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Measure out 1 cup of croutons for the salad and save the remainder for another use.

3. In a medium bowl, toss the avocado slices with the lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

4. Divide the lettuce between four chilled salad plates and sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Top with the seasoned avocado, hearts of palm, and celery. Drizzle 1 1/2 tablespoons dressing over each salad, then top with the croutons and a few grinds of black pepper. Serve immediately.