Hemp Seed Pesto


I wish I could take full credit for this recipe but unfortunately I cannot.  I am not sure why it has never crossed my mind to make pesto with hemp seeds.  We always have plenty of them in the fridge and they are a perfect change to the typical nut pesto.  The recipe pictured above is from Oh She Glows.  Such a beautiful spring meal!  It’s sun-dried tomato basil-hemp pesto with asparagus, leeks, and peas.  It was amazing.  This pesto is both nut free and vegan.  Normally I’m not a fan of dairy free pestos but when made with hemp seeds I truly did not miss or notice the lack of cheese.  Of course the sun-dried tomatoes added a nice zing to the flavor profile too.  I loved her idea of adding this pesto to asparagus, leeks, and peas so I went ahead and followed her recipe minus the julienned carrots.  It does not disappoint!


Since this pesto was such a hit I decided to make another batch of hemp seed pesto, this time using pecorino romano and omitting the sun-dried tomatoes.  Delicious.  I served it with zucchini noodles, mushrooms, leeks, and smoked mozzarella.  Nothing fancy but still yummy.  And I should add in I recently added a new toy to my kitchen collection, a 14 cup Cuisinart food processor.  We all have our priorities on what we choose to spend our money on but if you don’t have a food processor or are looking to upgrade I highly recommend this one.  I have already done it all from doughs to pestos and it works like a charm.  When you have good quality appliances or gear it always makes the activity, in my case cooking, more enjoyable!


  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1⁄4 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1⁄4 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • Scant 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt or pink Himalayan sea salt, or to taste
  1. Add the garlic into a food processor and process until minced.
  2. Now add in the basil and sun-dried tomatoes and process again until smooth.
  3. Finally, add the rest of the ingredients and process again until combined and smooth.

Read more: http://ohsheglows.com/2014/04/22/glowing-green-pasta-primavera/

Hemp Seed Pesto

  • 1/2 cups basil leaves
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated pecorino romano
  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • s&p
  1. Add the garlic to food processor and mince.
  2. Add basil, olive oil, pecorino romano, and hemp seeds and process until smooth.
  3. Season with s&p


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