Hemp Pesto Pasta Salad

This recipe came together from an intense pasta craving and an abundance of basil in my garden. Plus, I knew this recipe would last the whole week - so I had the perfect excuse to eat pasta on the daily.

Please excuse the measurements as this was created on the fly and I could also never give someone an exact garlic measurement - garlic can only be measured from the heart!

Serves 5 

Ingredients (it's a long list - as I had a heap of veges to use up in my fridge)

  • 2 cups of spelt spiral pasta (or whatever pasta you have on hand)
  • 1 jar of pesto (or if you feel inspired - check out our hemp pesto recipe)
  • 6 cup mushrooms - cut into 8ths
  • 1 zucchini - roughly chopped
  • 1/2 small head of broccoli - roughly chopped
  • 4 (+) cloves of garlic- finely chopped
  • 1 pack of vine-ripened cherry or snacking tomatoes (approximately 250 grams)
  • 1 can of chickpeas (drained)
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives 
  • 200g of feta cheese (dairy-free options available) - cut into cubes
  • Rocket or Spinach - to serve with as a side
  • Drizzle of hemp seed oil
  • 1 tablespoon of hulled hemp seeds


  • Cook the pasta according to packet instructions - drain and set aside
  • In the same saucepan that you cooked the pasta in (because dishes), add a little oil before adding in the mushrooms. Toss in the saucepan for a couple of minutes before adding a dash of water and popping the lid on to steam. 
  • After a couple of minutes, add in the zucchini, broccoli and garlic. Allow to lightly steam
  • Remove the lid and stir in the pesto and chickpeas
  • Add the tomatoes and allow the mix to heat until you see the skins of the tomatoes start to burst
  • Remove from heat and toss in olives, feta and pasta
    • There should be enough pesto to lightly cover everything - but if not you may want to add a little water to make it into more of a "sauce"
  • Allow to cool and divide into 5 containers, add a handful of rocket to the side of each container.
  • Drizzle with hemp seed oil and a sprinkle of hulled hemp seeds
  • Enjoy!