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Kale Pesto

Published September 11, 2018 (Revised: December 13, 2019) Read Time: 2 minutes
Kate Sullivan

Written By: Kate Sullivan, MS

Kate holds a MS in Business Psychology and is currently a PHD researcher in Well-Being and Performance Psychology.

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A thick sauce should begin to form within a few seconds. Stop processing, taste to check if more salt is needed, and adjust to suit. If the consistency is too thick, blend a little more oil into the pesto with the food processor running." }, { "@type": "HowToStep", "text": "Serve with salmon or chicken, toss with zucchini noodles or roasted vegetables, or use as a spread on a wrap." } ], "recipeYield": "10 servings", "suitableForDiet": "http://schema.org/LowFatDiet" } </script> <article> <div> <ul> <li><a href="#section1">What Is Kale Pesto Made Of?</a></li> <li><a href="#section2">How Do You Store Kale Pesto?</a></li> <li><a href="#section3">Kale Pesto</a></li> </ul> </div> <section> <p>Delicious sauces can jazz up the most ordinary of dinners. A simple dish of zucchini noodles and chicken becomes a weeknight trip to Italy when topped with an easy, flavorful pesto sauce. Plus, this versatile condiment is incredibly fast to make with a food processor. Best of all, our spin on the classic packs a heaping helping of antioxidants thanks to swapping kale for some of the traditional basil.</p> </section> <section id="section1"> <h2>What Is Kale Pesto Made Of?</h2> <p>Pesto is a bright and tangy green sauce from Italy, traditionally made with this handful of ingredients: basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil, salt, and perhaps Parmesan cheese. To increase the nutrition value, kale pesto swaps out some of the fresh basil for raw kale leaves. </p> <p>Different kale pesto recipes call for different additional ingredients to help create delicious varieties that go with fish, meat, veggie noodles, and more. Here, we use heart-healthy (and more affordable!) nuts like cashews and almonds, to help the pine nuts go further. That pine nut flavor is unbeatable... but they have a price tag to prove it. </p> <p>We also add extra zing with lemon juice. Using avocado oil in place of traditional extra-virgin olive oil increases the amount of healthy fat and helps tone down any possible bitterness from the kale<sup><a target="_blank" href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18772370/" rel="nofollow noreferrer">1</a></sup>. </p> <h3>How Do You Make Kale Pesto Less Bitter?</h3> <p>Kale has a very strong flavor that some people don’t prefer. In honesty, when left raw and blended as in kale pesto, it can be a touch bitter.</p> <p>That’s easily fixed when preparing this recipe, though. If you don’t like the intense flavor of the pesto, make it milder by replacing half the kale with fresh spinach. You can also take the flavor in a different direction by increasing the amount of garlic, nuts, or cheese. </p> <p>Here’s a few ways to reduce the bitterness of your kale pesto:</p> <ul> <li>Use 3 cups of basil, 1.5 cups of kale, and 1.5 cups of fresh spinach</li> <li>Use 14 cloves of garlic instead of 10</li> <li>Use ¾ cup blanched almonds instead of ½</li> <li>Use ½ cup grated Parmesan instead of ¼ cup</li> </ul> </section> <section id="section2"> <h2>How Do You Store Kale Pesto?</h2> <p>Unlike traditional basil pesto, which can turn dark and lose its vibrant flavor very quickly, kale pesto stores well. Just make sure to minimize its contact with air—instead of keeping it in a large container, put it in the smallest one you have, with a tight-fitting lid.</p> <p>You can also drop dollops of kale pesto into an ice cube tray and freeze it. This gives you perfectly proportioned single servings to add to bowls, soups, and other <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/pesto-chicken-and-veggies" rel="noreferrer">recipes</a>, or even to defrost as a sandwich spread or sauce later.</p> <h3>How Long Does Kale Pesto Keep?</h3> <p>Kept in the fridge, kale pesto will last for a week. In the freezer, you can keep your pesto for up to 3 months if you transfer the frozen pesto cubes to a tightly sealed zip-top bag.</p> </section> <hr class="divider-15 divider-thick mx-auto"> <section id="section3" class="recipe"> <h2 itemprop="name">Kale Pesto</h2> <div class="prep"> <span> <meta itemprop="prepTime" content="PT15M">Prep Time: 5 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="cookTime" content="PT35M">Cooking Time: 5 minutes</span> <span> <meta itemprop="recipeYield">Serves: 10</span> </div> <h3>Ingredients:</h3> <ul class="ingredients no-bullet"> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">3 cups fresh basil leaves (stems removed)</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">3 cups dinosaur kale</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ cup pine nuts</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ cup cashews</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ cup raw blanched almonds</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">10 cloves garlic</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">2 tablespoons lemon juice</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">½ cup avocado oil</li> <li itemprop="recipeIngredient">salt to taste</li> </ul> <hr class="divider-50 divider-medium"> <h3>Instructions:</h3> <ol itemprop="recipeInstructions"> <li>Add all ingredients except the avocado oil to a food processor or high-speed blender and blend until a paste begins to form.</li> <li>With the motor running, drizzle in the avocado oil. A thick sauce should begin to form within a few seconds. Stop processing, taste to check if more salt is needed, and adjust to suit. If the consistency is too thick, blend a little more oil into the pesto with the food processor running.</li> <li>Serve with salmon or chicken, toss with zucchini noodles or roasted vegetables, or use as a spread on a <a target="_blank" href="https://www.warriormade.com/content/diet/almost-zero-carb-low-carb-wraps" rel="noreferrer">wrap</a>.</li> </ol> </section> </article>
Nutrition Facts

Serves 1


Calories

281


Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

26.5

Sodium

56.5

Carbohydrate

8.2

Sugar

.9

Dietary Fiber

1.9

Protein

4.3


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Serves 1


Calories

281


Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amount Per Serving

Total Fat

26.5

Sodium

56.5

Carbohydrate

8.2

Sugar

.9

Dietary Fiber

1.9

Protein

4.3

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