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At a time when my Kale from last years planting is bolting and I’m desperate to find ways to use it before it gets bitter and woody, this recipe is a life saver. I was thinking that I might have to add fresh herbs to give it some flavour, but tried it as per the recipe first (the plan was to do a number of batches and freeze it if it was good…. well.. it is fantastic just as it is. I was heavier on the garlic (1 extra clove) and it is perfect. You’ve saved the day!
Thanks Sherri, I’m so glad you like the kale pesto! I think it’s a great way to use up kale, and since it’s sturdier than basil it holds its color longer and lasts longer in the fridge.
Just received two giant bunches of kale from a friend’s garden. Made three batches of pesto and it came out fantastic. Going to have some tonight with pasta. I always like to finish it with a bit of butter before serving a la Marcella. Thank you Elise. You always come through for me with the recipes. You are amazing.
I’m so glad you liked it Steph!
This sounds wonderfully delicious! Whenever I buy kale, I buy a lot. Looking forward to making this next time!
I am happy to try any new recipe including kale :)
I love basil pesto and I make many variations of it. Usually by replacing a portion of the basil with spinach, parsley or cilantro, even avocado.
But I never thought about using kale! This is a great idea. Thanks for the recipe!
I’ve never tried to make kale pesto before, but your recipe looks like a good one! Definitely trying this now
This is perfect for the extra bunch of kale that I have sitting in my fridge right now! Looooove pesto so I’m going to give this a try
Since I don’t like basil, I’ve never liked pesto. This recipe looks perfect for me to try!
I’m going to the store today to get my kale and try the recipe! It looks delicious and your recipes are always wonderful
looks delicious! can’t wait to try..will it work to use a VItamix instead of processor? Mine broke!
Hi Jen, my guess is that it will work in a Vitamix, that’s a strong blender! Though you might want to chop up the kale a bit more finely before you add it to the Vitamix.
This looks fantastic!! Does kale pesto freeze okay?
Hi Sarah, I haven’t tried freezing this pesto, though I don’t see why it wouldn’t freeze as well as regular basil pesto.
Yummm! This sounds so delish!
I usually make my pesto with spinach – fresh or frozen – and basil, and often other herbs (parsley, oregano…). I’ve never tried kale. Chopped fine enough, it isn’t tough? I’ve found it so when I didn’t cook it enough. Though there may be different varieties of kale.
Hi jjmcgaffey, when the kale gets minced to bits in a food processor, it’s no longer tough. Have you ever made kale salad? This is one of my favorite dishes and it’s made with raw kale: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/raw_kale_salad_with_balsamic_pine_nuts_and_parmesan/. For the pesto I used regular leafy green kale, mostly because of the color. I often cook with lacinato kale, but it’s a darker green and I wanted something more vibrant for this pesto.