Kale Pesto Recipe

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Kale Pesto Recipe

Yield: 8-10 servings

Prep Time:5 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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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.


  • 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 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


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

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8-10 servings, Serving Size: 10

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 194 Calories
  • Total Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.4g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Sodium: 116mg
  • Carbohydrates: 4.3g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Sugar: 0.1g
  • Protein: 6.7g
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26 comments on “Kale Pesto Recipe

  1. Julie @ Running in a Skirtposted December 28, 2015 at 9:24 am Reply

    Yum!  This looks amazing! I feel like I have superpowers when I eat kale :-))

  2. Mariaposted December 28, 2015 at 10:00 am Reply

    Great way to sneak in some healthy greens!

  3. alison @ Ingredients, Inc.posted December 28, 2015 at 10:38 am Reply

    totally making this!!

    Rating: 5
  4. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm Reply

    So simple, healthy and tasty!

  5. Gaby Dalkinposted December 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm Reply

    kale pesto is the best! Love it as a way to sneak kale into lunches and dinners

  6. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted December 29, 2015 at 10:29 am Reply

    I’ve never made kale pesto before – and I forget how versatile it is! 

  7. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted December 29, 2015 at 3:17 pm Reply

    ooo This is fantastic! I couldn’t leave out that parmesan cheese though! haha I would miss it too much! can’t wait to try this over some fresh pasta! 

  8. Leahposted January 5, 2016 at 11:57 am Reply

    Any substitution ideas for the walnuts?  We have a peanut/tree nut allergy in our family.

    • Kathyposted January 6, 2016 at 10:04 am Reply

      Pine nuts are a traditional ingredient in pesto.  I have just read an article about sunflower seeds that mentioned them being used in pesto as an inexpensive substitute for pine nuts.

  9. Rachelposted January 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm Reply

    This was very good! I made some Garlic/parmesian made a sauce in the pan with reg. almond milk then added a large spoon full of pesto.  I then poured that over my spiralized medley of Zucchini, yellow squash and butternut noodle squash , and boy was that delicious! 

    Rating: 5
  10. Karlyposted January 19, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply

    I made this recipe and I can’t stop eating it!!! That being said, any idea of the the calories and nutrition facts are???

    Rating: 5
    • Sommerposted January 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

      Hey Karly! We don’t provide nutritional facts because most of the tools we’ve found vary so much, it would be hard to give you honest information. However to give you a rough estimate, the “My Fitness Pal” app says that Homemade Kale Pesto is 40 calories and 3 grams fat per tablespoon.

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  15. Kathieposted August 29, 2016 at 6:47 pm Reply

    I grew up with homemade basil pesto.   Our kale is growing amazing trying to find a way to preserve some.   Wondering if you can water bath can the Kale Pesto?

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  21. Stephanieposted June 14, 2017 at 6:27 am Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if you need to massage the kale beforehand (to remove bitterness)? I’ve never worked with kale, but I’ve heard that that’s  a step a lot of people take. Thanks

    • Sommerposted June 17, 2017 at 9:28 am Reply

      Hi Stephanie!

      I do massage kale for salads, to soften the texture, but in this case its unnecessary.

  22. Barbara Alfeoposted February 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm Reply

    I absolutely love your recipe! I am writing vegetarian recipe round ups on my blog in 2018 (to encourage people to try meatless monday- everyone has to start somewhere) and would love to feature you. You can check out my blog (for beginner environmentalists) at sunshineguerrilla.com. Is it alright if I share this link to your recipe?

    • Sommerposted February 14, 2018 at 11:04 am Reply

      Hi Barbara, Absolutely! :)