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  • Writer's pictureLulu Perez

Kale Almond Pesto

Pesto is one of those classic sauces that'll never disappoint, plus its super easy! It's usually made for pasta primavera, which is a pasta with tons of spring vegetables.

I substituted pine nuts for almonds, since we had a ton of almonds stored in the refrigerator. And anytime I can substitute an herb for kale, count me in. This sauce is definitely a guilt free sauce to have with wheat, chickpea, brown rice pasta, or whatever your heart desires. If you don't want it with pasta, add this as a spread on your bread for a chicken sandwich, flatbread pizza, grilled protein or vegetables.

Kale Almond Pesto


  • ½ cup toasted almonds

  • 2 cups packed kale

  • 1 cup packed basil

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 1 ⅓ cup grated parmesan

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp fresh cracked pepper

  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil


1. Using a food processor or blender, add the almonds and pulse for a few seconds.

2. Add the kale, basil and garlic. Pulse for a few seconds.

3. Add the parmesan, salt and pepper. Pulse all the ingredients, meanwhile drizzling in the oil. Taste and add a pinch of salt if needed.

This recipe makes about 2 cups.

Use immediately or transfer in an airtight container.

It can store in the refrigerator for about 4-5 days. Or freeze up to one month.

**If your almonds are raw, you can toast them in a small skillet for about 5 minutes on low heat and stir them occasionally, so it toasts all around.

Then, let them cool off completely (5-8 minutes) before making the pesto.

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