Kale Pesto

"Kale is so good for us, why not make pesto?"
photo by Karen Elizabeth photo by Karen Elizabeth
photo by Karen Elizabeth
photo by Debbwl photo by Debbwl
Ready In:
1 1/2 cups




  • Blanch the kale in boiling salted water for about 3 minutes and chill down in a cold water bath, drain and squeeze excess water.
  • Place into small work bowl of food processor and pulse to start breaking up the kale, add rough chopped garlic, process, add pine nuts, pulse several times.
  • Slowly add the olive oils and lemon juice, process until everything is broken down. It will never be real smooth.
  • Finally add the cheese and pulse a few times. Season with salt and pepper.
  • If serving with pasta grate a little extra cheese over and add EVOO to the hot pasta, toss with pesto, serve with additional grated cheese.
  • These are the basics of my recipe and the way that I prefer it, but you can add more garlic, lemon, or oil if you like.

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  1. Really liked the balance and health benefits of this pesto! I made using the walnut option and really enjoyed that the kale was not an overpowering factor/flavor. Recommend using good quality ingredients as each and every flavor in this recipe shines through. Thanks for the post.
  2. This was utterly yummy!! I made it with walnuts and pecorino cheese and loved every bite of it. It has a distinct kale flavour which goes very well with the walnuts. We had this with gluten free pasta. It's definitely a very interesting change of the usual pesto, and a great alternative for winter. Thanks for posting!<br/>Made for Healthy Choices Tag Game.
  3. Good for us and delicious too, I used pinenuts for a very tasty pesto. So very simple to prepare, I loved this recipe. Thank you, made in loving memory of Pammyowl, rest in peace, dear friend.
  4. Really enjoyed the recipe. Another delicious way to serve nutrient packed kale. I used the pine nut option and may have been a little over zealous when getting the water off the blanched kale. My pesto was very thick and needed thinning. Next time around I will not be so eager to get the water out. This was made in memory of pammyowl.
  5. Much enjoyed with some whole wheat orzo. Made in honor of Pammy for her cookathon.


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