Kale Walnut Pesto

One of my favorite sauce, this Kale Walnut Pesto is so versatile. Enjoy it over sandwiches, pizza, pasta and much more!

kale walnut pesto

I had forgotten how annoying it is to cook on these induction plates, oh the horror! So in India, we don’t have any induction plates or coils, we only have gas stoves. My first encounter with these was when I moved to Scotland for my MBA. At that point, I didn’t even know how to cook and then you ask me to cook on these hot plates, well perfect recipe for disaster!

Luckily I had gas in my apartment here in the US and of course while buying our house, this was my main criteria – I want a gas no matter what! (& of course a huge kitchen since I practically live there!) But now that I have moved to Houston for mom’s treatment, induction plates are back in my life! The apartment that we shifted to have these and yesterday I made some dal and rice for lunch. The dal spilled all over and the rice got burnt! I was just not able to get hold of the temperature regulation. I would increase the temperature and then it would be too hot for next few minutes even when I lower down the temperature. It does take some time to get used to it, especially when you have not cooked on them at all. Plus it’s not at all easy to cook in a new kitchen, without any of your ingredients and equipment 🙁 Oh well, the breakfast turned out pretty well, so I am hoping it would get better in the next few days.

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And now let’s talk about pesto. It’s one of my favorite sauces without a doubt. While I love the classic basil pesto, I happen to love the other versions just as much. Few days back I had kale and pistachio pesto at one of the local restaurants and it was so good. So few weeks back, when I had this huge box of kale, I thought of making kale pesto but since I ran out of pistachios, I made this kale walnut pesto (using walnuts of course!) and it turned out really well!

Pesto is so versatile, add it to pasta, pizza, rice, soups, sandwich, salad, the list is really endless. You can see how I have used it in so many of my recipes from salads to wraps to pizza! And also it’s so convenient to just make it in bulk and freeze it. I usually freeze pesto in small containers and whenever I want to use one, I pop the container in the fridge overnight and it’s good to use in the morning.

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For this kale pesto, I toasted the walnuts before adding to the recipe. You may not necessarily do it but I definitely recommend it, adds a nice touch. Hope you guys like this recipe of kale walnut pesto, it’s good on just about anything!

Also check out these other pesto recipes – Basil Pesto, Spinach Pesto .

 

Method

Heat a pan on medium heat. Add walnuts to it and toast them till fragrant, around 5-6 minutes. Remove pan from heat.

To a food processor add kale, toasted walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse till kale is coarsely chopped.

Add olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.

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Enjoy this Kale Walnut Pesto with your favorite recipes!

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Kale Walnut Pesto

Kale Walnut Pesto is a super versatile sauce which is so good on just anything and everything! Add it to your sandwiches, veggies, pasta, pizza and much more!
kale walnut pesto
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1542 kcal
Author: Manali
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Ingredients

  • 3 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan on medium heat. Add walnuts to it and toast them till fragrant, around 5-6 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  2. To a food processor add kale, toasted walnuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, salt and pepper. Pulse till kale is chopped.
  3. Add olive oil and process until fully incorporated and smooth. Squeeze in some fresh lemon juice.
Nutrition Facts
Kale Walnut Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1542 Calories from Fat 1386
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 154g 237%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 481mg 20%
Potassium 1244mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 28g 9%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 405.5%
Vitamin C 294.6%
Calcium 66.6%
Iron 30.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Kale Walnut Pesto

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25 thoughts on “Kale Walnut Pesto

  1. I love a good pesto, but I’ve never made one with kale. This sounds amazing, Manali…and I want to put it all over pasta for a tasty dinner now! Induction plates as the primary way of cooking? Bah. Sounds rough. You should go buy one of those portable one-burner gas stoves. They have little canisters of gas that screw into ’em. We used them back when I took a few cooking classes at our local community college. (They’re probably sold at a restaurant supply store…or maybe in the camping section?) Not ideal, but way better than induction plates!

  2. It’s gotta be a gas stove. Seriously. I love being able to control the heat and the level of the flame. It’s so much easier than an induction stove!
    This is the best pesto. I love that you changed up the base!

  3. I’ve never used induction plates — I can only imagination how frustrating that would be! I hope everything is going ok with your mom. 🙂
    I live for pesto AND kale so this is something I would add to dishes often!

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