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I love kale and basil. So no big surprise that I fell in love with this mixture! My Kale and Basil Pesto was born one day, when I was short of ingredients…

The first time I made pesto, I wasn’t exactly prepared. I had no idea I would need several cups of basil to make the traditional basil pesto recipe. In the fridge, I had some kale. It’s green and would be tasty in some oil with pine nuts and parmesan, so why not try it?

The kale seamlessly take the place of some of the basil and makes a great substitute. If you don’t have kale, check out the other twisted pesto recipes I found below!

Kale and Basil Pesto

Kale & Basil Pesto

Kale and Basil Pesto

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A great spin to a classic, kale adds a wonderful flavor to this pesto!


  • 4 garlic cloves (*add only two if you don't like a lot of garlic!)
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2.5 cups fresh basil (loosely packed)
  • 2.5 cups fresh kale (loosely packed)
  • 2 oz fresh parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (or Walnuts)
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients (except for oil) into a food processor.
  2. Add a little bit of the oil, and blend for a few seconds.
  3. Add a little more oil, and blend a few more seconds.
  4. Do this until you have added all of the oil, and the mixture has a creamy texture.
  5. Serve over pasta, with chips and/or cheese.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 118Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 5mgSodium 285mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 3g

For the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional value of each ingredient yourself. These calculations are provided by a third party and are not expected to be exact. You are solely responsible for ensuring the nutritional information you use is accurate.

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