Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fresh Basil and Kale Pesto

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I really, really love kale, whether its baked, raw or sauteed. Kale has become increasingly mainstream over the years, perhaps due to some clever marketing or perhaps it's just gaining a resurgence of popularity from the past, or both. I've paired it here with basil for a rich and earthy pesto, which is perfect for enjoying during the summer months, when cranking up your oven just isn't an option. I've used vegan parmesan in this recipe, but nooch will also work.

2 cups basil, packed
2 cups kale
1/2 cup pine nuts
4-6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp coarse sea salt
1/2 cup good-quality olive oil
1/3 cup vegan parm
2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and blend for no more than 45 seconds.

To serve: mix a generous amount of the pesto with angel hair pasta, or add to a tomato-based sauce, enjoy on crackers or spread on a bagel.


  1. That looks great! I never thought of adding kale to my usual basil pesto. I have about five pounds of blue kale in my garden right now that needs using... I see pesto in my future. :)

  2. Thanks Celia! What I wouldn't give to have fresh kale growing in my backyard!

  3. I dont think I've ever tried Kale? If I have it was unknowingly!

  4. Yum, I love kale, this looks awesome!

  5. WOW, great picture! I make kale pesto as well, I use walnuts for mine. Do you use raw kale or precooked softer kale?

  6. Thanks Elisabeth. I used raw kale for this and the texture was amazing. I like your use of walnuts—I'll have to give that a try next time I make pesto!

  7. I wouldn't have thought of using kale in a spinach maybe, but not kale. I simply must try this...I can eat my own body weight in pesto, I think :)

  8. Thanks Juanita! Although there is nothing that can replace the taste of basil, this is a great economical way to add some body to pesto!

  9. I love all kinds of pesto, never tried with kale, I think I should! Thank you for sharing


  10. Actually I have never tried kale, but your pesto looks so convincing that I will try it for sure :-)


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