This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any scary tales or spooky snapshots to share, since I ended up binge watching scary movies at my brother’s rather than looking for my Danny Zuko for the night.
But lucky for you, I have something even better!
I am one to usually crack open a can of tuna, plop it on a bed of spinach with some avocado and call it a meal. I knew tossing some hemp seeds on top of this fare wouldn’t fly for my first hemp seed experience.
Since I was already in love with Lee’s 5 Minute Pesto recipe and had a withering basil plant that was in dire need of some love, I figured it was time for these little seeds to show me what they’re made of.
Since hemp seeds are loaded with omega-3’s and protein, this pesto-fied salad is even more satisfying and addicting. Because, everything pesto touches is unofficially sacred.
- ½ cup chicken breast, cooked and chopped
- 2 tablespoons pesto*
- ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (or hemp seeds)
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- juice of a lemon
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- To prepare pesto, add all ingredients to the bowl of a small blender or food processor.
- Blend until smooth.
- In a small bowl, add chopped chicken and tomatoes.
- Add 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto, and stir to combine.
- Serve atop a salad, in a lettuce wrap, or in your favorite bread of choice.
You could even make this with leftover turkey once T-Day comes around, which will be sooner than we know it. And you best believe I will be upping my tuna game with a dollop of this magic thrown into it.
And now it’s time to get your hemp love on. Just enter for your chance to win a bag of your own Hemp Hearts with the giveaway below. Good luck!
Open to US and Canada residents
One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.
Make it a great day!