How To Make Pesto: Easy 5-Ingredient Kale Pesto Recipe, a quick 5 Minute Fix perfect to serve as a healthy dip or tossed with pasta for a simple meal!

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Happy New Year!!

I realize the big day is still a couple of days away, and you may have plans to pack in all your favorite naughty foods before the year officially ends.

However, I wanted to throw out my very first healthy recipe for 2016 so you have something to look forward to, other than the hope of skinny legs by spring.

Making 5-Ingredient 5-Minute Kale Pesto Recipe on #paleo #glutenfree #vegan

Of all the pesto recipes I’ve made over the years, this simple 5-Ingredient Kale Pesto Recipe is high on the list. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals from fresh green kale, along with healthy fats. That makes this pesto decadent enough to taste like a comfort food, yet fabulous for a low carb or vegetarian diet.

In fact, you could even omit the parmesan cheese, substituting chopped cashews in its place, to make a “paleo” and “vegan” version of this kale pesto recipe!

That makes it 5-Ingredient, 5-Minute, and 5 Stars, in my opinion.

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How To Make Pesto

  1. Simply place chopped kale, chopped walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil in a food processor.
  2. Pulse to combine.
  3. Then salt and pepper to taste.


5-Ingredient 5-Minute Kale Pesto Recipe on #paleo #glutenfree #vegan

Best Kale Pesto Recipe

You can use this kale pesto recipe as a party dip for New Year’s Eve, if you’re as excited about it as I am.

Or use it in the coming weeks as a spread for sandwiches, tossed into salads, and even tossed with hot whole grain (or gluten free) pasta for a quick healthy meal.

If you were ever going to get your kids to enjoy kale, this is the way to do it.

Crazy for Kale - 5-Ingredient 5-Minute Kale Pesto Recipe on #paleo #glutenfree #vegan

See? There is something healthy that you can look forward to in 2016.

Cleaning up your diet won’t be so bad this month… I’m on your side. We’ll be offering up tasty guilt-free dishes all month.

Plus, a few naughty ones for you rebels and super bowl party planners. *wink*

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Kale Pesto Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Easy 5-Ingredient 5-Minute Kale Pesto Recipe! Fresh, healthy, and packed with flavor. Use this homemade pesto recipe as a dip, spread, or toss it with pasta.
Servings: 10


  • 4 cups chopped kale leaves, stems removed
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (substitute chopped cashews for paleo and vegan)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place all the ingredients in a large food processor. Pulse to fully combine.
  • If the mixture is clumpy, add 2-4 tablespoons of water and pulse again. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.



Serving: 1g, Calories: 206kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 171mg, Potassium: 179mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 2755IU, Vitamin C: 32.4mg, Calcium: 168mg, Iron: 0.8mg
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Sommer Collier
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