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How to Make Kale Pesto

  • Author: Caitlin
  • Total Time: 13 mins
  • Yield: 16 1x


  • 1 small-medium bunch kale (I had Lacinato)
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice (or a little more if you like it citrusy)
  • 1-2 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/3 cup walnut baking pieces (or crushed walnuts)
  • 1/3 cup freshly shredded Parmesan
  • 1/81/4 cup olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Bring a pot of water to bowl and boil kale for 25 seconds. Remove quickly and immediately place in a bowl of ice water to cool. Drain.
  2. Add kale and lemon juice to blender and pulse, scraping down the sides as necessary, for just a minute or so.
  3. Add garlic, walnuts, Parmesan, and about half of the olive oil. Blend until combined.
  4. Add salt and pepper, then turn the blender on low (I used the Low – Liquify setting) and add the remaining olive oil. I only needed about 1/8 of a cup, but using 1/4 cup will get the blender moving more, and still taste great.
  5. Make sure everything is combined and serve!
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 mins
  • Category: Sauce, Dip, Condiment
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