Kale Pesto Recipe

  16 Servings


  • 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).


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
Gluten Free
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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.
Julia Mueller

About Julia

Julia is known for her healthy, balanced approach to all kinds of recipes, vegetarian and meat alike, on her blog, The Roasted Root. She shares her commitment to delectable vegetarian dishes as a Vegetarian fanatic, proving that you can make the whole family happy without the need for meat.