Kale & walnut pesto {gluten-free}

Kale pesto - A pinch of me

Everyone knows the classic version of pesto with basil and pinenuts. And although there’s nothing wrong with a classic, sometimes you just want to change things a bit.

Since kale is full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and whatever you want I felt there was not much I could do wrong with this version.

If it didn’t taste good, at least it was healthy!

The end result was fine, it tastes like the original one, only just a slightly more bitter version.

Kale pesto - A pinch of me

  • 1/2 bunch kale, stems discarded
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Kale pesto - A pinch of meKale pesto - A pinch of me

How to:

  • In a large pot of salted water, cook the kale until tender, 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the kale to a colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Squeeze the kale to remove the excess water.
  • In a food processor, combine the kale, walnuts, garlic and parmesan until almost smooth; season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice.
  • With the machine running, add the olive oil.

Kale pesto - A pinch of meKale pesto - A pinch of me

All pictures by Stijn van Minnebruggen.

Ginger tea + a boozy rum version {vegan, gluten-free}
  • Sophie33


    Author Reply

    MMMM! I also love inventing all sorts of pesto’s & this one is a real winner! Yummy Yum!

  • Ola


    Author Reply

    I could swear your pictures of “kale” show italian cabbage not kale leaves. Please check for yourself. Of course, kale does belong to cruciferous vegetables family like any kind of cabbage but it is also much more nutritious and healthier.

    • pinchofme


      Author Reply

      Thank you for the comment.
      Since the post is more than a year old, I have no idea how to check it anymore.
      But I do know that when you go to the market they sell all kind of different kales.
      So maybe this is a variety? Or maybe we just call it differently.

      Best, Stefanie

  • Karen


    Author Reply

    I would like to try the recipe but, I was wondering what type of kale was used for the recipe. The picture look like napa cabbage, I have not seen that type of kale. I know there is quite a variety .



      Long overdue, somehow I missed your comment.
      I must say I’m not really sure what kind of kale I used.
      Where I live there are really not that many types.
      But I’m sure you can make this pesto with any kind you want.
      Just give it a try!

      Greets, Stefanie