Kale Pesto with Lemon and Parmesan


If you have a nut allergy, or are a college student and don’t want to spend your entire pay check on pine nuts, pesto can be a sore subject. Buuut, I have good news! Check out this nut-free pesto recipe, for your tasting! Your tummy and wallet have never been so happy, I know.

I was inspired to make this kale pesto as a sauce for a delicious dinner of sweet potato ravioli . However, after enjoying all my raviolis I still had a good amount of pesto left and found a number of alternate delicious uses for pesto!

Check it out.

  • A dollop of this pesto on a baked potato (yes please).
  • Spread some of this pesto on a piece of toast, sprinkle with parmesan, and broil for 30 seconds. (YUM!)
  • Fry an egg, and throw it on top of a piece of pesto-topped toast! (ok, yes.)
  • Stirred into cooked pasta! (what’s not to love?)

See what I’m saying? This pesto recipe is so versatile, you won’t want to spend a dollar on sour cream, pasta sauce, or nuts ever again!

You’re welcome.

But above all, don’t forget to try this recipe with my favorite sweet potato ravioli.  It’s a beautiful combination.

From my kitchen to yours, over and out.


Kale Pesto Ingredients

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 2 cloves raw garlic
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Meyer lemon juice
  • Pinch of  salt
  • Black pepper, a few grinds

Pesto Directions

  1. Wash the kale under very hot water to remove any critters and dirt (especially if from a garden or farmer’s market!). The kale should turn bright green.
  2. Spread each kale leaf out on a cutting board and use a paring knife to remove the ribs. You only need to worry about the largest stems- use your discretion for this.
  3. Place all ingredients in a food processor. Puree until the pesto has reached your desired texture, about one minute, and is completely blended.


Notes and Tips!:

  • Pesto Recipe Source: Shockingly Delicious
  • Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for several days.
  • Enjoy with my delicious Sweet Potato Ravioli pictured above!
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other yummy snacks and dips below!

6 thoughts on “Kale Pesto with Lemon and Parmesan

  1. Ani says:

    Love the idea of kale pesto. I have made broccoli and asparagus pesto (recipes on blog) and I cannot wait to try more variations.

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