Nut-Free Pesto & Bacon Potato Salad
This dish makes the perfect side to any summer gathering. I wanted to make a nut-free pesto (even though I love pine nuts) because I wanted to create a recipe that is school-safe for kids and free of allergens if you are bringing it to a large gathering. I swapped the traditional pine nuts for the amazing omega-3 rich hemp hearts instead. You know I am always looking for ways to sneak in those omega 3’s into recipes. I also used a blend of basil and baby spinach but you can get creative and mix up the greens if you like.
Basil is an amazing herb full of flavonoids that helps protect cells and has antibacterial properties.
Spinach is also a superfood that is full of many vitamins and minerals. These are some of them below.
Vitamin K: Needed for healthy bones and natural blood clotting
Manganese: Fun fact – it is necessary for normal brain and nerve function
Magnesium: This is the relaxing and anti-stress mineral that many of us are lacking
Calcium: Helps maintain strong bones and muscles
Iron: Helps create healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells
B vitamins: They are your energy vitamins and important in methylation process for healthy cognitive function.
As you can see this pesto is full of healthy goodness.
For the potato salad, I like using baby gold or yukon gold potatoes as I find they have a really nice flavour. I chose to top it all off with some homemade bacon because…why not. If you are a vegetarian you can skip this step or top it off with some smoky coconut ‘bacon’ instead.