Kale & Basil Pesto.

September 18, 2012 Post a comment


I found this recipe in my Vitamix cookbook.  I was a bit suspect because I was worried that my girls would not like the flavor combination but I was totally wrong.  Vitamin-packed and rich in beta carotene, vitamin K and C, lutein and rich in calcium.  Still paired up with the traditional basil and I used walnuts instead of pine nuts.  The taste is unbelievably good and low in fat thanks to the broth.  Pair this up with whole wheat pasta or top chicken or fish and you are all set!

I prepared this in my Vitamix but a food processor works just as well.  I adapted this recipe from the original Vitamix recipe.


1/3 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of chicken broth
1/2 cup of light and fluffy grated parmesan (not packed)
5 garlic cloves, peeled
2 cups of basil leaves
2 cups of kale, spine removed
3 tablespoons of walnuts
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
Lemon juice


Place all of the ingredients in the order as listed into your blender, Vitamix or food processor.  Blend until creamy and smooth.   Toss with fresh pasta or store in a tupperware container in the fridge.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Sherrie September 18, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I’ll pin this too if you don’t mind!


robinr September 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM

No, please pin away :) )) oxoxo Robin


Christy@SweetandSavoring September 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM

This is great, I just made pesto two days ago! I use walnuts, as well, plus cherry tomatoes, and we have kale in the fridge…a re-blending might be in order!

Love that photo :)


robinr September 19, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Yes!!! My 11 year old said it was the best pesto ever! Love that :)


Angie@Angie's Recipes September 19, 2012 at 5:20 PM

I am a fan of pesto..love yours with kale.


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