Kale & walnut pesto {gluten-free}

Kale pesto - A pinch of me

Everyone knows the classic version of pesto with basil and pinenuts. And although there’s nothing wrong with a classic, sometimes you just want to change things a bit.

Since kale is full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and whatever you want I felt there was not much I could do wrong with this version.

If it didn’t taste good, at least it was healthy!

The end result was fine, it tastes like the original one, only just a slightly more bitter version.

Kale pesto - A pinch of me

  • 1/2 bunch kale, stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

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How to:

  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the kale until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the kale to a colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Squeeze the kale to remove the excess water.
  • In a food processor, combine the kale, walnuts, garlic and parmesan until almost smooth; season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • With the machine running, add the olive oil.

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All pictures by Stijn van Minnebruggen.

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2 Responses to Kale & walnut pesto {gluten-free}

  1. Sophie33 says:

    MMMM! I also love inventing all sorts of pesto’s & this one is a real winner! Yummy Yum!

  2. Pingback: Minty Pea Pesto {vegan, gluten-free} | pinch of me

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