Kale Pesto

We love pesto, red and green. Its delicious! I have made some in the past, with basil and pine nuts, but pine nuts are expensive so as delicious as it was, I went back to buying it……..until now!

Last week I had a massive bag of kale in the fridge and Kale is currently riding high at the height of his fame and being so jam packed with vitamins and minerals I reckon it’ll be at the top spot for quite some time.

I’d heard of Kale Pesto, hadn’t tried it, wasn’t sure what went in it but off I went to the fridge and had a rummage in it………and manage to produce a tub of really delicious pesto with my findings. I was chuffed, all the pesto lovers were. People asked what I put in it………a bunch of kale, a handful of cashews, some garlic and a lump of parmesan that was lying in the fridge! I didn’t write down quantities, sure why would I do that??

So, there was only one thing for it, I had to make more…..(tbh my daughter actually requested it so that’s mainly why it was made again this week!!)

Ingredients 10903594_746626195444545_150280727_n

80g Kale

60g Cashew Nuts

60g Parmesan, grated

1-2 Garlic cloves, grated

250-350ml Olive Oil

A squeeze of lemon juice

Salt & Pepper


Bung the kale, cashews, parmesan, garlic and 250ml of olive oil into the food processor and blitz well. Add a squeeze of lemon and season, then taste, it’s very important you taste it and add more lemon juice or seasoning until you are happy with the taste. You want a nice runny consistency, so add more olive oil as you need it also. When you are happy with it, it’s done. That’s it, you’ve made a lovely healthy pesto, nothing added but good stuff!

Kale Pesto
Kale Pesto

We have used this pesto for so many things, the girls have had Pesto Pasta, we have had it over stir fried vegetables, however my absolute favourite way we have had it was drizzled over a poached egg. I didn’t take a picture, but trust me, it was delicious!


  1. I’m not able for all these fine food you bunch are cooking up the past few weeks. Looks very yummy! I can’t stant parmesan though, is there an alternative?

    1. Thanks Kellie 🙂 It is delicious. There is another hard cheese that is the sister to parmesan, it’s a lot milder. It’s called Grana Padano, you could give that ago maybe.

      1. I’m not a cheese fan unless it’s med red cheddar. I’ll try that though, thanks!

        1. You could leave the cheese out and put in less garlic, you’d probably use less oil aswell. I’m sure it would still be lovely.

          1. Oh good idea, will try that, thanks!

  2. I must try it, I didn’t really realise what went into it:)

    1. Do give it a go Sinéad, my daughter is a huge fan of pesto so the real test was if she liked it. She loved it, that was good enough for me 🙂

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  4. i am a ‘is it in a jar in the supermarket’ awful mother. Someday my kids will know better. I really envy you your interest and ability to create ‘real’ food

    1. That’s not awful at all Tric! I bought jars for a long time too, I guess I am just lucky to have an interest in cooking…….you are teaching your kids a wide range of life skills as it is. We are all different and thankfully so, the world would be a dreadfully dull place if we were all the same 🙂

  5. I have a little kale left over in the fridge so think I’ll give this a go. Sounds yummy. Hope it is!

    1. It is Laura, and the great thing about pesto is you can adjust it suit your taste, less garlic, more garlic, less cheese etc. Make it to suit you…..and enjoy it! 🙂

      1. Mmmm… more cheese

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