Tested till perfect Walnut Kale Pesto
Walnut Kale Pesto
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Walnut Kale Pesto

A nutrient-packed alternative to basil pesto, this kale pesto is delicious tossed with freshly cooked pasta. It's also terrific as a sauce for pizza, topped with chicken, vegetables and stretchy cheese.

By The Test Kitchen

Source: Online-exclusive recipe

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Total time 10 minutes
  • Portion size 1-1/3 cups


  • 1 1bunch kale, stemmed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupchopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupgrated parmesan cheese
  • 1 1clove garliccloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupolive oil
  • 2 tbsp 2tbsplemon juice
  • 1 pinch 1pincheach salt and pepper


In large pot of boiling salted water, blanch kale for 1 minute; drain. Chill under ice water; drain well and pat dry.

In food processor, pulse together kale, walnuts, Parmesan cheese and garlic until coarsely ground. Pulse in oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth.

Nutritional Information Per 1 tbsp: about

cal 72 pro 2g total fat 7g sat. fat 1g
carb 2g dietary fibre 1g sugar chol 2mg
sodium 72mg potassium 78mg %RDI: calcium 4
iron 3 vit A 20 vit C 25 folate 3
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