Mixed Green Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Honeyed Walnut -n- Hemp Seed Clusters

A few weeks ago, I stopped at the Vitamin Shoppe to pick up a few goodies (and buy my first box of Quest bars!), and they had a store party going on. I walked out with a bag of samples to try, which I was obviously excited about. It’s the little things in life people!

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One of the samples in the bag were hemp seeds, which I’ve heard a lot about but have never tried (at home at least). Today I used my sample and whipped up one awesome salad for lunch.

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I adapted this recipe from Vegetarian Times, switching around some ingredients and amounts, and making a single serving portion since it was just little ole me. You can view their original recipe here.

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To make the clusters, I toasted the hemp seeds with walnut pieces, honey and cinnamon. So easy to make, and such a tasty addition to a salad that I’m definitely going to be making again soon!

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At the last minute, I decided that the salad could use some cheese in it. Goat cheese was a great add-in, but you can easily leave it out and have a vegan salad.

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Mixed Green Salad with Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Honey Walnut Hemp Seed Clusters
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Serves: 1
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups mixed baby salad greens
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ TBSP honey
  • 1 oz creamy goat cheese
  • 1½ TBSP raw shelled hemp seeds
  • 2 TBSP walnut pieces
  • ¼ TSP ground cinnamon
  • ½ TBSP safflower oil
  • Juice from ½ small lemon
  • A pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Line a plate with parchment paper. Mix hemp seeds with cinnamon and a pinch of salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  2. Heat a small pan over medium heat. Add the walnuts, and toast for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add the hemp seed mixture, and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Mix in the honey, and stir constantly until it's completely mixed in with walnuts & seeds and the entire mixture is lightly browned.
  3. Transfer to the parchment-lined plated. Lightly press into the plate, and allow to cool.
  4. Whisk safflower oil and lemon juice together, then toss with lettuce. Put into a bowl, and add in blueberries and the goat cheese in chunks. Sprinkle additional salt on top, if desired.
  5. Once walnut/hemp mixture has cooled a bit, break into clusters and add to the salad. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 400, Fat: 29 g, Saturated fat: 6 g, Carbohydrates: 27 g, Sugar: 17 g, Fiber: 5 g, Protein: 14 g

Have you ever tried hemp seeds? Thoughts?

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