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Kale Pesto Recipe in a Snap!

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I make some variation of pesto every single week - whether it's for a salad, pasta or to slather on a sandwich. You can't go wrong with pesto when it's homemade because it's so freakin' delicious, incredibly nutrient-dense and FULL of flavour.

So the other night, I got home late because I was teaching Eat Well Feel Well and I wanted something quick and tasty (so did my sweet man). Instead of a smoothie, which is my normal go-to meal in a cup when I am strapped for time (or tired from a busy day), I remembered I had a bunch of kale leftover from my weekend workshop, walnuts in the freezer and garlic. I always have fresh garlic - that's a staple. These ingredients were just enough for a delicious meal for two!

I made a pesto in about 30 seconds flat and then boiled some water to make pasta. I used kamut pasta, but you could use any gluten-free pasta as well.

Ingredients:

5-6 kale leaves, washed and ripped into large pieces (you can tear away from the stems too if you like)

1-2 garlic cloves (go easy on the fresh garlic if you are a newbie to this recipe)

1/2 cup fresh walnuts

Squirt of half a fresh lemon

1/4 cup of extra-virgin olive oil (evoo)

Pinch of sea salt

Method: Place all your ingredients into a food processor or high powered blender and chop on high for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. If you have a small food processor do it in batches. Give it a taste test and add whatever ingredient you feel it needs. I usually add more evoo. Mix it with your cooked pasta or into a salad.

The nice thing about pesto is that you can use just about any leafy green and you don't have to use pine nuts to call it "pesto"!

The next day I had it for lunch on a bed of arugula, as you can see from my photo.

See how easy it is to eat delicious and incredibly nutritious food? This whole meal took me about 10 minutes from start to finish. That's faster and cheaper than ordering a pizza! You can absolutely do this too.

If you love kale as much as I do, then you will enjoy these recipes too:

Sweet potato kale quinoa bowl

Kale Pesto Pizza with goat cheese

Sunshine Quinoa Bowl

Kale chips

Be joyous,

Joy

19 Comments
Cynthia McGiverin (@VeganIsSexier)   •   April 21, 2012

Thank you! I love Kale so much, but have not made a pesto with it. I will do that tonight with zucchini noodles (Spirilized!)

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Nancy Sherry   •   April 21, 2012

I put kale in my smoothies, but I am going to try this!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2012

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Tamzin   •   April 23, 2012

That does sound lovely and so easy! Thanks for sharing x x

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Tana's Table   •   April 23, 2012

I'm so excited about this recipe! I've been trying to incorporate more Kale into our diet and this looks like just the ticket!

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Jenn   •   April 26, 2012

Hi Joy. I'm new to your wonderful blog. What is a good alternative to nut products? My husband is allergic to all tree nuts, nuts and many seeds. Can I substitute soy nuts instead of walnuts? Thanks!

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 29, 2012

Susan   •   April 26, 2012

Hi Joy, I made your recipe the other night but also added some shrimp. My family loved it (even my 7 and 10 year old boys!). Thanks - a new favorite :)

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angelina   •   April 27, 2012

delicious! :)

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Christina   •   April 29, 2012

How long does the pesto keep for?

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Joy McCarthy   •   April 30, 2012

Michele - lamiche29   •   April 29, 2012

I just made this recipe for the first time tonight and it is super yummy and so easy!!! It was a big hit and will be something I will continue to make!!! Thank you Joy:)

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Charlene   •   October 17, 2013

My dad and brother heartily approve, and they're not easily impressed by my healthy cooking!

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