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How to Make Cannabis Pesto Pasta Salad for Picnic Perfection

By May 18, 2021April 26th, 2022No Comments

When the weather’s warming up, all you need is your favorite person, a bowl of your favorite cannabis flower strain, and some great picnic food. When it comes to cannabis and food, People’s has the best recipes for your homemade edibles.

Inspired by recipes by the vegetarian chef Jeanine Donofrio (plus a secret family recipe of our own), this pasta salad is to die for—or to get high for. In a cold pasta salad, the key to picnic perfection is actually overcooking the pasta a bit. While you may be used to boiling it until al dente, this time, you’re going to keep it in the pan a little longer. Trust us on this one.

This cannabis pesto pasta salad is easy but impressive, and it’s delicious at any temperature. The extra kick of THC (munchies, anyone?) certainly doesn’t hurt.

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Cannabis Pesto Pasta Salad

Equipment needed:

Food processor
Large pot
Large mixing bowl

Ingredients for the cannabis pesto:

½ cup hulled hemp seeds (available online or at health food stores)
2 tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp maple syrup
½ tsp salt (sea salt is best)
½ tsp black pepper (freshly-ground is best)
2 cups fresh basil leaves
¼ cup OG Garlic Olive Oil
¼ cup parmesan (grated)
Optional – red pepper flakes to taste

Ingredients for the pasta salad:

2 cups fusilli pasta
2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 large ball of mozzarella cheese
3 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
Salt (sea salt is best)
Black pepper (freshly-ground is best)

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To make the cannabis pesto:

Add the hemp seeds, lemon juice, maple syrup, salt, and pepper to the food processor, and pulse until well-combined. Add the basil and let the machine run as you slowly pour in the OG Garlic Olive Oil. Stir in the parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes, if using. If the pesto is too thick, you can add more of the cannabis olive oil and continue to pulse.

For the cannabis pasta salad:

Fill a large pot with water and salt heavily, then bring to a boil.

Cook the pasta according to the package instructions, adding an extra 2 minutes to the cook time. Once cooked, use the colander to drain the pasta, then rinse with cool water and add to the large mixing bowl.

Cut the cherry tomatoes into halves or quarters, then salt lightly and set aside. Dice the mozzarella. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, and spinach to the mixing bowl.

Add salt and fresh black pepper to the bowl as you stir, then pour in the cannabis pesto. Enjoy immediately, or chill in the fridge for tomorrow.

Where to Stock Up on Cannabis Picnic Supplies

Finding the right OG weed strain is easy when you shop at People’s. Browse our online store to see the cannabis products we currently have in stock, then place your order—simple as that! While you’re at it, take a look at what’s on offer. Making your own edibles is fun, but there’s something special about enjoying a toke, too. Stock up on pre-rolls and premium cannabis strains at People’s before you head out to the park.

With our fast, easy express ordering system, you can even reserve your products ahead of time and skip the line, or just get free weed delivery right to your door. Don’t waste daylight—stop by People’s today!