A twist on the traditional, kale pesto never loses its vivid green color and can be prepared year-round. Use a robustly flavored extra-virgin olive oil for maximum flavor. Spoon pesto into glass jars or plastic containers, cover, and refrigerate for up to 1 week.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pour olive oil into the bowl of a food processor and add garlic; pulse until garlic is chopped, about 10 seconds. Add kale to olive oil mixture, working in batches if needed; pulse until evenly blended, about 20 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl.

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  • Stir pine nuts and Parmesan cheese into kale mixture and pulse until pesto is smooth; season with salt.

Cook's Note:

If desired, squeeze 1 teaspoon lemon juice into the kale mixture.

Adjust the amount of garlic to suit personal preference.

Nutrition Facts

296 calories; protein 7.5g 15% DV; carbohydrates 8.8g 3% DV; fat 26.8g 41% DV; cholesterol 5.9mg 2% DV; sodium 144.2mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
I added more garlic because I love garlic. I also added basil and the lemon juice which I think really made it extra tasty! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/27/2018
I didn't like this at all. My husband recently had kale pesto at a nice Italian restaurant so I wanted to try making it at home. This recipe was so bitter and kale-tasting it wasn't pleasurable to eat at all. I will not be making it again! Read More
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  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 1
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  • 2 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2017
I added more garlic because I love garlic. I also added basil and the lemon juice which I think really made it extra tasty! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2017
This was super delicious. I added this pesto into a potato-sausage soup as a stir in and it was fantastic. Also I added it over pasta too! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/27/2014
I just added some black pepper but otherwise very yummy Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/27/2018
I didn't like this at all. My husband recently had kale pesto at a nice Italian restaurant so I wanted to try making it at home. This recipe was so bitter and kale-tasting it wasn't pleasurable to eat at all. I will not be making it again! Read More