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Epic Walnut Kale Pesto Recipe

Healthy kale pesto that is gut-friendly and extra delicious at the same time. Requires only 6 ingredients (all pantry-staples). Perfect on slice of dark bread or even mixed with Italian pasta of choice.
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, European, Mediterranean


  • 3 cups kale (1 bunch) stems removed
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup green olives pitted
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice approx. ½ regular
  • 1-3 cloves garlic peeled
  • Pinch of salt optional
  • Water for boiling


  • Wash kale leaves under cold water. Remove stems and add to boiling water. Let kale leaves blanch for 5-10 min, then remove from water and strain well. Leave to cool completely.
  • Then, place blanched kale leaves, walnuts, olive oil, lemon juice, green olives and garlic in food processor and pulse until desired consistency is reached. Transfer to serving dish of choice.
  • Spread over slice of dark bread or add to pasta and enjoy!


Before transferring to serving dish, I recommend checking consistency and taste. If desired, you can add more garlic, olive oil, (salt) and/or walnuts to boost pesto’s taste even further.