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Kickin' Kale Pesto

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

"This recipe is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh kale! This vibrant, spicy addition to pasta or just over fresh bread has a delicious kick!"
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10 m servings 115
Original recipe yields 10 servings


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  1. Blend kale, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, black pepper, and kosher salt together in a food processor until mixture has a pesto consistency, 30 to 60 seconds.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • The pesto will stay greener longer if the lid/plastic wrap over it's container is directly over the top, not allowing the pesto to have contact with the air.
  • Most pesto recipes call for Parmesan cheese, but for a stronger flavor, I like Romano cheese. You can also substitute walnuts for pine nuts. If you can't stand the heat, you definitely don't have to use the habanero-infused olive oil.
  • For more flavor toast your pine nuts first!

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 115 calories; 9.3 5.2 4 4 133 Full nutrition

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Awesome use for healthy Kale! Put it over noodles or on chicken, it's really tasty and has a little kick. Saved it and definitely will make it again.

Tastes awesome!!