Wednesday, July 11, 2012

pesto. kale pesto.


As if my love for kale was not enough, now I have yet another way to ingest that wonderful leafy green...in the form of pesto! I had been wanting to try making kale pesto for forever now, so I finally did it this past weekend, with the solicited help of my husband Aaron (since I'm still kind of terrified of our Vitamix blender, and up until yesterday had never even used it unsupervised! ha).

Unfortunately, the recipe I used on Sunday called for walnuts, which I think was the cause of its lackluster-ness, so I made another batch yesterday (by myself!) with some good old-fashioned pine nuts and it was much, much better. I'm so glad I gave it another try, and I'm happy to report that nothing/no one was injured on my solo run with the Vitamix. (I was worried...) I put the kale pesto on some brown rice noodles, and added my other food addiction (avocado!) with some salt & pepper, and in true kale form...it was wonderful. Now the recipe for all my fellow kale-lovers out there....  

KALE PESTO
3 cups chopped & stemmed kale (i used dinosaur kale)
1/2 cup pine nuts (i used the dry roasted kind from trader joe's)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 garlic clove, smashed
1/4+ cup grated parmigiano cheese
salt & pepper to taste (i used...A LOT)
olive oil to desired consistency (1/2 - 1 cup)
 **Directions will vary depending on what kind of blender/food processor you have, but I put the nuts & garlic in first to chop them up a bit, then added the rest of the ingredients and blended away!

48 comments:

  1. OH, YUM.

    Kale, pesto, avocados, pine nuts... You are speaking my language!

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  2. Oh my. Oh MY! This sounds heavenly! I must try this...I think I have kale in my veggie drawer, or maybe it's collard greens. I'm not sure, but either way, I'm MAKING this!

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  3. Has anyone ever told you that your photography skills are amazing. love your pictures, always!

    www.eatblogpray.blogspot.com
    xo

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  4. Pretty, pretty, pretty photos! And looks delic!

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  5. Look absolutely amazing. I will be trying this for sure!

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  6. this is totally on my to-make list. we have a bunch of kale and i'm running out of ideas!

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  7. this looks so fab. I love regular pesto, and this looks like such a wonderful way to use up all the kale in my garden!

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  8. Woah interesting. I have never heard of this before.

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  9. Sounds like I need to try this kale stuff. Too bad I'm allergic to tree nuts, especially your friend the pine nut (put me in the hospital a couple summers ago).
    I'll have to find another way! ;)

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  10. girl, you seriously need a job in the food industry. this sounds amazing, and your pictures are gorgeous!

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  11. I can't wait to try this when I get home from Romania this summer!

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  12. I LOVE pesto!! (Have been known to eat it directly from the jar...) Will definitely try this.

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  13. Kale pesto sounds yummy. I always resort to Kale chips or a salad.

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  14. Yum this looks so delicious!

    I love making pesto and I end up eating all of it in one day. How long do you think you can keep it before it goes bad?

    Love and Whimsy Blog

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    1. probably a week or two, but i've also heard pesto freezes really well which would of course make it last much longer! :)

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  15. yum yum! and way cheaper than basil! i think ill give this one a try :)

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  16. kale is NOT my fave, but this is a great way to eat it! mmm!

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  17. yum. i love kale in my smoothies, salads, and kale chips. i'd love to try making kale pesto, though i feel like i would miss the taste of basil in it!?

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  18. This sounds amazing and your spread looks lovely in the pictures. I definitely wan to try this recipe... and take lovely pictures like these =)

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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  19. that first picture looks like a monster! i love it :) looks yummy.

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  20. wow this looks so delicious! and of course, your photos are always so breath-taking!

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  21. Awesome! I'm going to do this :) thanks for this delicious recipe!!

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  22. Oh man, I LOVE my vitamix. Glad you you're using it unsupervised now! I use it almost every day. (Today I made horchata!) I haven't tried kale pesto but I do have a bunch of kale waiting to be eaten. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. my husband would go crazy if i made him some horchata in the vitamix! he loves that stuff! thanks for the idea ;)

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  23. I want this! Tonight! Dinner! Love pesto!

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  24. oh my gosh whitney, that looks way too good. i love all that green! it's making me drool. XD
    anyways, i've been wanting to make pesto for a while now, so thank you for this recipe!
    ♥ xixia | thisisxixia.com

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  25. yes! thank you for this! i have four bunches of kale in the garden that are going to need to be harvested soon & i was trying to think of other ways to use it besides kale chips and raw in salad. love this idea, and love it combined with whole grain pasta & avocado. heaven!

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  26. Looks delish! I'd love to try this soon.

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  27. OH my gosh i have to make that. I DIE.

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  28. I've never tried a pesto sauce, but this looks simple, doable and delicious. Thanks for the tips.

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  29. Lovely lovely lovely! You have reminded me all about kale, which I loved to munch on many years ago when I lived in Edinburgh and received weekly vegetable boxes from a local farm that always brimmed with kale. I couldn't keep up with eating it, and pesto was the solution. Yum! I am making this over the weekend - thank you!

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  30. delish! i was going to make spinach pesto tomorrow with fresh basil from the garden, but i just might try kale instead since i have a ton of that! thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  31. yummo can't wait to try this with our next bunch of kale!

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  32. wow amazing! never thought to make pesto with kale. brilliant.

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  33. yum! i definitely need more kale in my life- what a great way to get some in!

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  34. Your site is so lovely! Just found it via Emmadime. I love kale and love pesto so I have no doubt I'd adore this pesto.

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  35. I'm so glad I found this. I love Kale and pesto! This is perfect. :) Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Kale is my husbands best friend! After me, of course ;) So this will be WONDERFUL for our home!!!

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  37. As an Italian, we always use pine nuts in our pesto. My mom, a gourmet cook, used cream cheese in the mixture and made it creamy delicious!

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  38. Very nice and artfully presented!

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  39. I had to laugh because my Vitamix stayed on the counter for 3 days because I was afraid to try using it...finally my husband went over and turned it on!! I don't do machines very well. But I am sure you can put all of those pesto ingredients in the Vitamix at the same time...wet ingredients in first and whiz it in a heart beat!!

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  40. A friend just sent me a lnk to this post. She made this meal with cashews & loved it. Said it was vey fillng too!

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