Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pesto #recipe #kale #walnut

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pesto #recipe #kale #walnut

I have a confession to make: I used to absolutely hate pesto. Every pesto I had ever tried was always super oily, heavy, and (for lack of a more eloquent word) gross. I’ve always had this “thing” about tasting a lot of oil in my food (it’s why I generally steer clear of fried food) and most store-bought pesto is so oily. It’s really only been within the last few years that I discovered I actually love pesto—it’s just that it has to be homemade and/or very light on the oil,  extra lemony, and with nutritional yeast instead of cheese. Basically, I want to be able to taste the ingredients, not drown them out in an oil slick.

Ever since my “I don’t hate pesto” discovery, I’ve been making up for lost time and putting homemade pesto in everything. Pasta (duh), hummus, brown rice, guacamole, caprese sandwiches—it’s all good and really easy too. The version I’m sharing today is my new favorite because it’s made from lots of kale (always in season, unlike basil) and walnuts (less expensive than pine nuts and there’s usually a bag chillin’ in our fridge).

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This vegan pesto is a true 5 minute recipe: throw the ingredients in your food processor, pulse pulse pulse, scrape down the sides once or twice, and done! It’s also worth noting that you can pretty much make it with any herbs, greens, and nuts/seeds you already have on hand. Think: parsley + almonds, or cilantro + pepitas. It’s delicious swirled into soup, smothered on baguette, or mixed into hearty grain bowls.

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pesto #recipe #kale #walnut

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Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pesto #recipe #kale #walnut

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto

Vegan, Gluten Free,

Serves: about 12 ounces


Prep Time: 5 minutes

5 minute vegan pesto made from kale and walnuts, with lots of lemon juice for brightness and nutritional yeast for a "cheesy" flavor. This recipe is light on the oil and perfectly garlicky.

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto | picklesnhoney.com #vegan #pesto #recipe #kale #walnut

Lemony Walnut & Kale Pesto

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces chopped kale leaves
  • ¾ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste

Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten Free Servings: about 12 ounces

Prep Time: 5 minutes

5 minute vegan pesto made from kale and walnuts, with lots of lemon juice for brightness and nutritional yeast for a "cheesy" flavor. This recipe is light on the oil and perfectly garlicky.

Instructions

  • Combine the kale, walnuts, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. With the food processor running, stream in the olive oil and lemon juice. Turn off the machine, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add in the nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Pulse several times until everything is well combined. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if necessary.

Notes [1]

Pesto should be stored in the fridge in an air-tight container. It should keep for 5-7 days.

Copyright © 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Sam says

    I love this! I’ve made pesto with almonds but never with walnuts or kale. Basil is really expensive where I live right now, so I’ll for sure be giving your winter-friendly recipe a try very soon!

  2. Karen says

    You are so smart to use kale! Why didn’t I think of that?! I’ve been making the same pesto for YEARS, very excited to switch things up!

  3. Abbot says

    I have all the ingredients in my fridge right now! I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. Hooray for easy pesto pasta!

    1. Yay! Happy pesto-making (and eating)!

  4. Debbie says

    Looks delicious and a wonderful way to use kale! (I always have a bunch in my fridge) I also appreciate that you made it low in oil. I’d rather get my healthy fats from whole foods like walnuts. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Debbie! I think you’re really going to enjoy this lower oil version. 🙂

  5. Heidi says

    Sounds delicious! And I have all of the ingredients already!

    1. I love it when that happens.

  6. Laurel says

    This pesto looks so BRIGHT and FRESH! Perfect for spooning on a dose healthy flavor!

    1. Thank you, Laurel! It definitely tastes bright and fresh—the perfect antidote to winter. 😉

  7. Jennifer says

    I grew up on homemade pesto since my sister was allergic to pine nuts. I wasn’t a big fan of store bought pesto, but now that you mention it I wonder if it is the oil. Never as flavorful. Have you tried doing avocado pesto? So good.

    1. I’ve tried pesto guacamole, but not avocado pesto…although I imagine they’re similarly delicious. 🙂

  8. Isaac Thomas says

    As a big pasta fan, I’ve been looking out for a good pesto recipe. This looks great.
    Isaac Thomas
    Peace & Love

    1. Thank you! I hope you love the pesto.

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