Chef Cecily Gans was whirring up this bright, high protein pesto and sharing samples with hungry shoppers at the Westport Farmers’ Market last week. She touted the seasonal greens from Connecticut farms and the high protein value of hemp seeds.
I love this twist on traditional pesto and would never have guessed that pine nuts had been subbed out for nutritionally dense hemp seeds. Brilliant!
Spread this creamy taste of summer on thinly sliced fresh bread like Cecily did here, or toss with your favorite pasta for a simple dinner. I’m thinking of spreading a layer of this garlicky pesto over wild salmon fillets before throwing them onto the grill this weekend.
Cecily Gans is the Executive Chef-Owner, The Main Course Catering, LLC; Chef Instructor, Staples High School Culinary Arts Department, Westport, Conn.
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