Hemp Seed Pesto

By Chef: Kristin Dahl
Posted: October 21, 2015


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There are a plethora of reasons why, if its not already, pesto should be making a regular appearance on your plate. This versatile “sauce” is so much more than that – it can be used as a topping to add a potent punch of flavor to your green salads (not just pasta noodles!), and can be doubled up as a dip for veggie crudité and/or flax crackers. Try using a spoonful in your raw soup and dressing recipes to liven them up a bit! This raw vegan recipe trades in the usual walnuts that you’ll see in many pesto recipes for nutrient-rich hemp seeds – which pack in the healthy omega fats as well as a solid dose of protein. Enjoy!


  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup basil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • Juice from ½ a lemon
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. sea salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in food processor
  2. Blend until smooth & serve with fresh cut veggies or flax crackers