vegan kale and pine nut pesto

Kale, kale and more kale!  

This is a recipe that will put your garden full of kale to good use!   It is a vegan version of pesto but, feel free to add fresh parmesan for added flavor!

kale and pinenut pesto

Kale and Pine Nut Pesto

1 large bunch of kale (remove leaves from stem)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves

1 large clove garlic

1/4 cup pine nuts

juice and zest of one lemon

salt and pepper to taste

kale and pinenut pesto

-Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

-Blanch kale for 30 seconds, remove, drain and run under cold water or place into an ice bath.

-Dry kale and give it a good squeeze to get rid of excess water.

-Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

-Taste and add salt and pepper as needed, enjoy!

kale and pinenut pesto

This recipe made a large portion!  I served it over brown rice pasta for dinner, then mixed a little into scrambled eggs the next morning and still had left overs!  It would make an excellent spread for sandwiches or add a dollop to grilled vegetables!

You could substitute the pine nuts with walnuts and the kale with spinach if you wanted to mix it up a bit!

kale and pinenut pesto

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