Homemade Kale & Walnut Pesto Recipe

pesto recipeTo say I’m obsessed with this kale and walnut pesto is an understatement. It’s quite possibly my favorite thing right now. Really, it trumps all. I’m so obsessed that I wish I could take credit for creating this recipe. I can’t. I can only take credit for eating it.

We found the recipe in the July 2014 issue of Family Circle magazine.

Pesto is traditionally basil and pine nuts, neither of which is cheap. I like pesto, but it’s just so pricey, so I never buy it. This recipe is a lot more economical … and a lot better.

Homemade Kale & Walnut Pesto Recipe


What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups kale, packed
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper

What You’ll Do:


Toast the walnuts.


Combine the kale, garlic, walnuts and lemon juice in a blender (the recipe says food processor but we use a blender because it’s bigger so it’s a little easier. We used a food processor too and the outcome is the same but the process is longer).


Drizzle in olive oil. Blend until smooth.

Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper.



We’ve had this on toasted French bread, on bread as a butter substitute, on turkey sliders, on pasta. It’s really versatile and amazing and filled with super foods.


Homemade Kale & Walnut Pesto
  1. 2 cups kale, packed
  2. 1 clove garlic
  3. 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
  4. 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  5. 1/2 cup olive oil
  6. 1/2 cup grated parmesean
  7. 1/4 tsp. salt
  8. 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  1. Toast the walnuts.
  2. Combine the kale, garlic, walnuts and lemon juice in a blender.
  3. Drizzle in olive oil. Blend until smooth.
  4. Stir in cheese, salt, and pepper.
  5. Enjoy.
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  1. Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm

    August 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    We love pesto and we have a ton of Kale so this is definitely on my to make list. Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  2. Nicole

    August 22, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Oh, I love pesto, especially as a pizza sauce. Thanks for joining the #yuckstopshere linkup. Come join us again next week

  3. Judy

    August 22, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST The Midnight Baker ! I hope to see you there!
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  4. Miz Helen

    August 24, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    What a great Pesto recipe, we would love the combination of the kale and walnuts. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a fabulous week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  5. Sarah @ SarahTitus.com

    August 25, 2014 at 5:26 am

    Putting the pesto on pasta sounds so yummy! I’ll have to try that! Thanks for linking up at Frugal Friday. :)

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