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Kale Almond Pesto

kale almond pesto

Mid July and pestomania is in the air. I’ve been working on a variety of pestos night and day for the last week.  Today’s version is Kale Almond Pesto.

This recipe is based upon something similar from Beckie at The Organic Dish.  The other day when I stopped in there to pick something up, she was making a luscious looking pesto and I had to have some of my own… with kale from our garden.

Kale Almond Pesto


  • 1 bunch kale, steamed to bright green -if you are looking for an exact measurement, I used 6 ounces
  • ⅓ cup toasted almonds
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • ½ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  1. Place kale in food processor and pulse until chopped
  2. Add almonds and garlic, pulse again to incorporate
  3. Pulse in salt, lemon juice, oil and pepper flakes
  4. Continue pulsing until pesto reaches desired consistency (I like mine fairly smooth)
  5. Serve over Sesame Crackers

My younger son took the photo above of the pesto and proceeded to devour the entire photo shoot after he was done.  “I ate all the pesto,” he informed me, which was more than obvious to the naked eye.

My book, The Gluten Free Almond Flour Cookbook will land in stores one week from tomorrow, Tuesday, July 28th.  Because I am a bit busy getting events ready and doing publicity, I will be less present in the comments section of this site –this has happened already to an extent as I have shifted some of my energy toward the book launch.

Because of this shift, I have made the decision to spend less time in the comments section in order to promote my overall aim –which is to provide as many recipes as I possibly can to all of you.

Therefore, if you have questions, it is best to leave them in the forums, where discussion and assistance from other readers may take place.  And for those of you that are cooking experts (or even beginners, with help to share) feel free to offer your opinions and advice to those looking for special help.

I look forward to meeting many of you in the upcoming months during my book tour.  Thus far I am setting up events in Colorado, New York and California.  I don’t have specific dates as of yet, however as soon as I do, I will be posting them on Facebook.  Head on over there for cooking tidbits and book tour updates.  I  post on my wall over there just about daily, sometimes even more!

posted on July 20, 2009, 16 comments

  1. That has to be the most enticing, unique pesto variety I’ve EVER seen – excellent!!

  2. Lili

    I have more kale and swiss chard then I know what to do with it! This is a perfect recipe to “get rid” of some of the kale. Nice photo!!
    Thank you!!

  3. Hannah Handpainted @ Hannahhandpainted.blogspot.com

    Looks positively divine. I will definitely try this. I made pesto just recently–dairy free, gluten free. Nothing as unique as this, though. It was just basil from my parent’s garden, olive oil, a little salt, water, garlic and raw pecans. Nice flavor, though. I didn’t make it quite as oily as usual.

  4. sounds so fantastic! i am going to try a kale pesto this week, for sure.

  5. megan hughes

    I picked up your book today at Powell’s and spent a hot afternoon lying on the couch reading it. I have been making do with almond meal and home made blanched almond flour but reading about the biscuits and pie crusts have convinced me to buy the real thing. I can hardly wait. Thank you for all the fine work you have done on behalf of us no gluten, no sugar people. Your book is lovely.

  6. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen @ meghantelpnerblog.com

    It is totally pesto mania. I always make so much of it this time of year with all the greenness in the markets. I like to freeze mine in ice cube trays and than transfer so I have an assortment of single servings for single me!

  7. Kimberly@Living Free @ livingfreeforever.wordpress.com

    Oh yummy! I am on a VERY limited diet but I can have this if I make a few adjustments!! Yipee! Going to make now:)

  8. cinnamonquill @ cinnamonquill.com

    Super eager to try this…I wonder if it will convert some kale-skeptics…Hm…Will let you know!

  9. veggievixen

    i am obsessed with kale. like, really. this is seriously one of my favorite things to make with it. maybe besides coconut curry. mmm.

  10. Amy Green - Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free @ simplysugarandglutenfree.com

    I am thrilled that your book tour is up & coming. It’s such an accomplishment.

    The basil in my garden is screaming to be made into pesto…this is just another reminder.

  11. Celiac Travel @ celiactravel.com/blog

    You must have read my thoughts. After chard, kale and cavelo nero 3 nights running, the family were starting to feel a bit like cows on the cud. Your kale pesto recipe inspired me to a very similar one of my own: http://www.celiactravel.com/blog/2009/07/kale-pesto-recipe.html

    I was pretty chuffed with myself to come up with the boiling the garlic idea ;-). Not as tasty as roasted garlic, but so very quick! Thanks Elana.

  12. Yum! I make a kale pesto too, and it’s a great way to pack in your greens and convert kale-doubters!

  13. The Waspy Redhead @ thewaspyredhead.com

    Looks delightful! I found your site from Tasty Kitchen. I’m not allergic to gluten but your recipes make gluten free cooking look much tastier than I imagined it could be!

  14. Boatingbuss

    I marinated portabella mushrooms (garlic,olive oil, brown mustard, lemon), grilled them with a healthy portion of this pesto on top and grated fresh parm over the whole shebang. Summer is here, it’s time to grill! It was mouth watering.-B

  15. Sixty five

    Just made this with some toasted walnuts. Lovely.

  16. Nichole

    This looks delicious! I was hoping I could find a pesto recipe I can eat.
    I’m on a strict diet but I think I can have this.
    Will have to make it soon:)

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