Hemp Heart Pesto Salmon

This recipe is absolutely delicious and so easy to make. You get to put your food processor or blender to work and if you have a nut sensitivity, this recipe will have you loving the versatility of hemp hearts.


The green leaves of basil contain vitamins A and C which are great antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. It also contains vitamin K which helps direct calcium out of your bloodstream and into your bones where it belongs. More cell protection comes from the flavinoids found in basil leaves and another benefit is its antibacterial properties.


Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Salmon is great for heart health because it helps maintain the elasticity in the blood vessels and the high HDLs help escort LDLs out of the bloodstream and back to the liver. It can also decrease your risk of high blood pressure and stroke. Salmon contains protein that is easily digested and absorbed by the body. Salmon contains carotenoid antioxidants of astaxanthin which help protect cells from damage, even in the eyes. Excellent for brain health, salmon can help with memory and to help prevent the occurance of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.


Farm raised salmon have significantly higher levels of toxins than wild caught salmon. Some of these toxins accumulate in the body and can cause many health issues such as hormonal imbalance, thyroid inflammation, brain damage and cancer. A 2004 study found significantly higher levels of the toxin polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE) in farm raised salmon. Stick with wild caught and enjoy this nutrient-rich and delicous recipe.



1 lb salmon 2″ fillets

1/2 cup hemp hearts

3/4 cup parmesean cheese, grated

3 garlic cloves, grated

3 bunches basil (approx. 4.5 oz)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon sea salt


To make pesto:

Toast hemp hearts in a heavy skillet on medium-high until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes. Let cool. Transfer to food processor with garlic and cheese and pulse until combined. Add basil and lock top back on. While processing, drizzle oil in a thin slow steady stream until mostly smooth. Salt to taste.

To make salmon:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. salt and pepper fillets and place on baking sheet. Bake for 17-20 minutes. Warm pesto in a small sauce pan. Let rest for 5 minutes before topping with pesto. To store excess pesto, top with oil to prevent browining and use on vegetables, chicken and other seafood.




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