I received products from Just Hemp Foods in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are 100% mine.
This Strawberry Pecan Salad with Spicy Chocolate Vinaigrette is a delicious and nutritious salad to change up your salad routine.
I used to eat salads for breakfast every day. An odd habit I know, but at the time I would wake up craving veggies.
Somewhere along the line, I got out of this habit. Maybe it was because I ate the same salad with the same dressing every day for more than a year? Or maybe it is because my body started craving more protein in the morning.
Lately, I’ve been trying to get back into the salad habit on a consistent basis. If not for breakfast, then for lunch or dinner.
I have to say that I feel better when I eat salads, and I also enjoy them more than most anything that I make.
When I received a sample of Hemp Seeds from Just Hemp as part of Chocotoberfest, I knew immediately that I wanted to incorporate them into a salad.
A salad with a Chocolate Vinaigrette? I know - it almost as unusual as eating salad for breakfast. Trust me on this one - it is so good. Subtle, and a little unexpected.
I’ve used strawberries here - because hello chocolate and strawberries - but pears would be nice too. (And are a little more seasonal right now.)
I loved the crunch that the hemp seeds added to the dish and the added protein. A single serving has 8 grams of plant-based protein with a near perfect balance of essential fatty acids. They are gluten-free, and Non-GMO Project verified.
I also used ¼ cup of Just Hemp Foods Hemp Seed oil, which has 2.5g Omega-3 per serving.
This is a salad you don't want to miss!
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Strawberry Pecan Hemp Seed Salad with Spicy Chocolate Vinaigrette
- Chocolate Dressing
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil or ½ cup olive oil and ¼ cup Just Hemp Foods Hemp Seed Oil
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 8 ounces Arugula or Spinach
- 1 ½ cups strawberries sliced
- 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cubed
- ¼ cup pecans chopped & toasted
- ⅓ cup Hemp Seed
- Make the dressing by combining vinegar, olive oil cocoa powder, maple syrup, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a blender. Process until smooth.
- In a large bowl combine spinach or arugula, strawberries and mozzarella. Toss with the desired amount of dressing. Top with pecans and hemp seeds and serve.