Herbed Hemp Seed Dip & Dressing

by | Jul 7, 2019 | Dips & Sauces, Salads, Snacks

The best part about this Herbed Hemp Seed Dip & Dressing, besides how awesome hemp seeds are (protein, omega-3 fats, and lots of fibre), is its many uses. This isn’t just any ol’ veggie dip, although that’s one of the primary uses for it, but it also makes an excellent salad dressing or spread, kind of like mayo.

By far one of my favourite uses for hemp seeds is thickening sauces (and smoothies!) This creamy hemp seed dip recipe has been a staple of mine for ages now. The thing is, though, that it’s always been a “throw some stuff in the blender and see how it goes” kind of recipe. Some hemp seeds, some apple cider vinegar, some grainy mustard, and some dried herbs. So it’s taken me a while to perfect this recipe to a blog-worthy status (although I’ve shared it in some capacity in the past).

In previous versions that I’ve made of this recipe, I tried to use hemp seeds as the base as a means to thicken it exclusively without the use of oil. Not that I’m against using olive oil, but sometimes it’s nice to have whole-food based dressings. However, I found that too many hemp seeds made this dressing have a peculiar, overpowering hemp-y taste. So I toned down the hemp seeds and added a little oil and decided that’s just how it’s gonna be.

That being said, I’m a big proponent of encouraging my readers (and viewers) to get creative in the kitchen. While I know that specific measurements in recipes are important, sometimes it’s also a-okay to play around a little or add some additional flavours that you personally like (or if you do want to try an oil-free variation, simply use more hemp seeds and water).

For example, garlic is optional. I usually don’t add garlic to this recipe but it does add a delicious kick if you’re a garlic lover. You can also play around with the dried herbs. I typically use dill, parsley, and basil, but you could add oregano, thyme, or even paprika. The beauty of versatile recipes like this one is that you’ve got a good base recipe that can be tweaked any which way. I’m even thinking this dip would be quite delicious with some chipotle powder! Yums.

The best part about this recipe besides how awesome hemp seeds are (protein, omega-3 fats, and lots of fibre), is its many uses. This isn’t just any ol’ veggie dip, although that’s one of the primary uses for it, but it also makes an excellent salad dressing or spread, kind of like mayo.

How to Make Herbed Hemp Seed Dip

To make this recipe, you’ll need a blender. You’ll also need hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts), olive oil, water, apple cider vinegar, grainy (or Dijon) mustard, and some dried herbs.

  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend until creamy!
  3. Store in airtight container or small mason jar for up to 1 week.
5 from 2 votes

Herbed Hemp Seed Dip & Dressing

A creamy dip, dressing or sauce made with protein-rich hemp seeds and flavourful herbs.

Course Dips & Sauces, Dressing
Cuisine Dairy-free
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Meghan Livingstone


  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp grainy (old fashioned) or Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/4 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 clove garlic (optional)
  • pinch sea salt and black pepper


  1. Measure all ingredients and add to blender.

  2. Blend on high until creamy, about 30 seconds.

  3. Transfer to dish or small mason jar. Serve right away as dip, salad dressing, or spread. Or store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Share your delicious hemp dip creations on social! Tag me on Instagram @meghanlivingstone.

by Meghan Livingstone

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  1. David

    5 stars
    Wow, a easy to make and great tasting alternative to mayonnaise, aioli, or hummus.

    I added a tablespoon of chia seed that I soaked in the water (increased water a bit), and this didn’t seem to diminish the result.

    • Meghan

      Hey David! So glad you liked this recipe! It definitely works great as an alternative to those things. And cool idea using chia seeds. I’ll try that.

  2. Jessica

    Can you sub ground hemp seed?

    • Meghan

      Hi Jessica! That might work! I haven’t tried it though. If you try it, let me know how it goes 🙂

  3. Genevieve

    I tried with this ratios and it came out watery. Also, are you using a different blender than the vitamix? I find it doesn’t blend well with such a small amount, or are you using a different setting.

    • Meghan

      Hey Genevieve. You can try using less water and see if that helps! I use the Vitamix. The amounts may be small for some blenders, doubling the recipe can help here!


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Hi, I’m Meghan. I’m a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, blogger, and YouTuber with a passion for healthy, simple living. I’m here to inspire you to listen to your body, eat mindfully and wholesomely, and create a fulfilling life that’s completely unique to you.