Kale “Pesto”

I love kale.  Adore kale.  Can’t get enough, really, and that’s why I’ve chosen if for this week’s menu plan (see below) And my (current) favorite way of making it is in pesto form.    It’s super easy, and totally customizable for taste.  Here’s a basic template:


One REALLY large bunch of kale, ribs coarsely removed
1/3-2/3 cup Brazil nuts, toasted
3 cloves of garlic
1/2 tsp or more of sea salt
good squeeze of lemon
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup Kalamata olives (optional, but optimal)

Coarsely grind brazil nuts in the food processor and toast for a few minutes (until browning). Cook kale in boiling water for 8-10 min, drain loosely. Put in food processor with garlic, lemon juice, Brazil nuts, etc. Process until smooth-ish and creamy, adding in olive oil as needed. Add olives at the end if you like chunks.

We usually have the pesto on quiona or baked on whatever kind of white fish.

I’ve added this to Shirley of GFE’s Virtual support Group.  Her theme was greens and pizza, and since this is about as greens as it gets and you can put it on pizza, I couldn’t resist!

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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23 Responses to Kale “Pesto”

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  2. Shellyfish says:

    Hourrah for kale! I love kale, but cannot find it near where I live. I may try to plant some in my garden when we move. I know it’s not a native plant, but I just love it so much!

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  14. Jeannie says:

    Excellent recipe! A couple members in my family love Kale, so I printed off the recipe. Thanks.

  15. Edwina says:

    I’m a coeliac and it’s often so hard to find recipes for my favourite dishes. It would be great if there were more out there to try.

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  22. Dan says:

    This recipe is awesome! It took me only 20 minutes from start to spoon, easiest Kale recipe ever. I have to admit, i could eat this stuff raw but this is much better. I am trying this on a pizza tonight, we’ll see what happens.


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