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Hearts of Palm Salad

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Iconic New York restaurants make their way into Mad Men in nearly every episode. And Sardi's in the theater district, with its caricature-covered walls, is nothing if not iconic. This Hearts of Palm Salad from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook was enjoyed by Don Draper during a dinner at Sardi's that also included steak tartare and at least an Old Fashioned or two.

While we're pretty certain that there isn't a more dated vegetable out there than canned hearts of palm, there's something about this salad that feels quite contemporary. Peppery watercress, mild hearts of palm, and buttery Bibb are dressed with a confetti vinaigrette that is packed with capers, bits of pickle, and finely chopped egg white to make for a salad that's not only tasty but quite nice to look at as well.

Reprinted with permission from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin. Copyright © 2012. Published by Smart Pop Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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