Kale Pesto Recipe

This kale pesto recipe is a breeze to concoct and a nutritious topping for a variety of meals.


  • 5 cups kale leaves, packed
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Wash and pat dry the kale and fresh basil.
  2. Remove and discard the kale stems, give the kale leaves a rough chop and add them to a food processor along with the basil, garlic, walnuts and parmesan cheese.
  3. Pulse 5 or 6 times to get everything chopped up.
  4. Turn the food processor on and slowly add the oil while the processor is processing.
  5. If you added ¼ cup of oil, you will end up with thick, spreadable pesto. You can stop here or if you desire a thinner consistency to use the pesto as pasta sauce, continue adding oil (about an additional ¼ cup) until the pesto reaches the consistency you want.
  6. Use immediately or refrigerate for up to 1 week (you can also make the sauce in bulk and freeze it for later).
Finished Kale Pesto

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If using the pesto as pasta sauce, use about ½ cup of oil or more to get the sauce to desired consistency. I used only ¼ cup of oil to get a thick, spreadable pesto for sandwiches!


Bueno Vida’s Kale Pesto
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Author: Julia Mueller
Source: Bueno Vida’s Kale Pesto
Recipe Yields: 2 cups
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 2 tablespoons
Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 54
Calories 79

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g
  Saturated Fat 1g
Sodium 37mg
Total Carbohydrate 3g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 0g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.

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