Kale and Basil Pesto

This delicious pesto is packed with beta carotene, vitamin K and C, lutein and calcium.
By Robin Runner

I found a version of this recipe in my Vitamix cookbook. I was a bit hesitant 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 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.

Kale & Basil Pesto
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This delicious pesto is packed with beta carotene, vitamin K and C, lutein and calcium.
Recipe Type: Entree
Serves: 12
  • ⅓ cup of olive oil
  • ¼ cup of chicken broth
  • ½ 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
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice
  1. Place all of the ingredients in the order as listed into your blender, Vitamix or food processor.
  2. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  3. Toss with fresh pasta or store in a tupperware container in the fridge.


Robin Runner

Robin Runner

Robin Runner is the blogger behind www.kneadtocook.com. She grew up around two of her greatest inspirations, her Italian grandmother and her aunt. Both believed in farm to table foods, purity in nature and love as the main ingredient for anything on their menu. Today, Robin is a strong advocate of farming and buying local ingredients, as well as composting to help repurpose food scraps into rich soil for our garden.

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Originally Published: September 27, 2012

2 Responses to Kale and Basil Pesto

  1. Zita Nagy

    Zita Reply

    September 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

    What a great recipe! Clever idea to put kale into pesto. I’ll definitely try this recipe!

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