Pesto Sauce Recipe | Hemp Oil Pesto Sauce

Hemp oil pesto

  • serves 4 as a side
  • Easy

Try our hemp oil pesto sauce recipe. This easy pesto recipe is a classic twist on the Italian basil pesto recipe to make a really fresh dip


Check out our easy vegetarian recipe for hemp oil pesto, a great twist on the classic Italian sauce. Hemp oil’s balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids makes it particularly nutritious. It has a deep-green colour, similar to a high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, and the flavour is sweet and earthy with a pronounced nuttiness. It has a low smoke point however, so is best used raw, to finish dishes. Because of its wonderful flavour, hemp oil also makes a great pesto, marrying well with basil.

A jar of this pesto will last for a couple of weeks in the fridge – use it to dress pasta, salads or as an accompaniment to fish, meats or chargrilled vegetables. Hemp seeds are available in health-food shops and online.



  • mixed seasonal vegetables 600g, (such as fennel, chicory, oyster mushrooms and baby leeks), cut into wedges light olive oil
  • light olive oil
  • lemon juice a squeeze
  • hemp seeds 10g
  • garlic 1 small clove
  • basil 50g, roughly chopped
  • cold-pressed hemp oil 70ml
  • parmesan (or vegetarian alternative) or mature cheddar 60g, grated


  • Step 1

    To make the pesto, toast the hemp seeds in a dry frying pan over a low heat until they begin to pop.

  • Step 2

    Cool slightly, then pound to a rough powder using a pestle and mortar.

  • Step 3

    Pound the garlic and a pinch of salt with a pestle and mortar, then add the basil and grind to a paste.

  • Step 4

    Pour in the hemp oil, mix, then add the cheese and ground hemp seeds.

  • Step 5

    Heat a barbecue to medium-high or heat a griddle pan to high.

  • Step 6

    Put the vegetables into a bowl and mix well with 1 tbsp of olive oil.

  • Step 7

    Lay on the barbecue or griddle and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side until charred.

  • Step 8

    Season, squeeze over the lemon juice and serve with the hemp pesto.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 306
  • Fat 27.9g
  • Saturates 5.3g
  • Carbs 3.2g
  • Sugars 1.4g
  • Fibre 2.4g
  • Protein 9.4g
  • Salt 0.4g