I heart hemp hearts. I was inspired to base a recipe on these little gems after a foodie chat at family dinner last week. When I mentioned that I add them every morning to my superfood smoothie, my family looked confused and asked what hemp seeds are. This prompted a long discussion about seeds and hemp and hippie food in general (and for me just led to a hemp heart craving, which I satisfied with this lovely summer salad!)
For those of you still wondering what hemp hearts are, they are the shelled hemp seeds, which come from the hemp plant. Appropriately, my boyfriend and I first learned about these when wandering in Portland and an old (very hippie) man went on a 15-minute passionate speech about how he lost 50 pounds because he eats hemp hearts on EVERYTHING (and was wearing all hemp clothing and probably using “hemp” in many ways…) But don’t worry, these seeds come from a hemp plant that is only a cousin of the Marijuana plant and contains only 0.001 percent THC. :) These “hearts” are nutritional powerhouses, and have more protein than any other seed, and are full of healthy omegas and antioxidants. They also have a delicious nutty taste and delicate crunch, which make them a perfect addition to salads like this one.