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Kale Walnut Pesto

on August 7, 2013

Every year our garden “blesses” us with an abundance of something. One year it was cucumbers. We had so many we were putting boxes of them by the street with a big “free” sign. We thought it odd that they weren’t being snatched up and realized why when one of our neighbors asked about the “zucchini.” Yeah, they were that big. Once we put “cucumbers” on the boxes, they were sucked up by the vultures, I mean neighbors, in no time.

This year it appears to be Kale, which is okay with us. We love it. Grant it, I had to disguise it under a lot of Parmesan and dressing in order to get Fred to try it, at first, as he’s normally “greenphobic” when it comes to food (ie; if it’s green it can’t possibly be edible in his opinion) but he’ll eat it raw or cooked now (dandelion greens are next, but don’t tell him, it’ll ruin the surprise…).

kale pestoKale Walnut Pesto


  • 1 bunch Kale, rough chopped
  • 1/4 c. Walnuts (I toasted them)
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 c. Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Sugar
  • Dash of Black Pepper (more to taste)
  • 1 Tbs. dried Basil (you can leave this out but I like a more Basil flavored pesto)
  • Optional: Parmesan, to taste (if you’re vegetarian or vegan, use a substitute).


  1. Blanch the Kale; drop the kale into boiling water then immediately remove to an ice water bath.
  2. Drain the Kale on towels (I prefer fabric to paper, less waste) until mostly dry.
  3. Toast the walnuts, if you choose to do that.
  4. Place all these ingredients into a food processor and blend to your desired consistency. You can add a little water or more oil if it’s too thick.

 As soon as it was done, I schmered some of this onto a homemade toasted flatbread — and was in heaven. I believe this will also freeze well but haven’t really tested it, yet. I guess I’ll have to make a bigger batch next time to see. I’ve also used it on sandwiches in place of Mayo – yum – and noticed that, when using with pasta, thin after  you toss it with the pasta as pasta has some water in it and will naturally thin it.


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