Green Summer Salad with Herby Hemp Dressing

A simple late summer/early fall featuring fresh cucumbers and avocados all tossed with an easy vegan hemp seed based dressing. 

  • Author: Erin Alderson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Cuisine: salad



Salad Base:

  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 cup sliced cucumber
  • 4 scallions- thinly sliced on the bias through greens
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and cut into slices

Hemp Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons minced basil
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons minced chives
  • 1 teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, for serving


  • Prep the salad ingredients as stated above, slicing everything into roughly the same size. Place in a bowl and make dressing.
  • To make dressing, combine all the ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. If using a regular blender or food processor, soak the hemp seeds for an hour or so before making the dressing. Taste and adjust salt as needed.
  • Pour roughly 1/3 cup of dressing over the salads. Toss until the salad is combined and well coated with dressing, adding more dressing or serving the salad with dressing on the side.


Tips & Tricks: This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for a few days. Use it for other salads or as a sauce for grain bowls and/or roasted vegetables.

Stock up: get the pantry ingredients you will need: Hemp Seeds, Cucumbers, Avocado