Pestomania is in the air. I’ve been working on a bunch of healthy pesto recipes lately to use up the greens in our garden. Today I created this Kale Almond Pesto. This dairy-free pesto recipe is made with only 7 ingredients and is an easy weeknight side dish!
My younger son took the photo of this Kale Almond Pesto and then proceeded to devour the entire photo shoot afterwards. “I ate all the pesto,” he informed me which was fairly obvious. I was thrilled since I love making easy, healthy paleo recipes that kids love!
Kale Almond Pesto
- 1 bunch kale (6 ounces), steamed to bright green
- 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
- Place kale in food processor and pulse until chopped
- Pulse in almonds and garlic
- Pulse in salt, lemon juice, oil, and pepper flakes
- Continue pulsing until pesto reaches desired consistency (I like mine fairly smooth)
- Serve over Sesame Crackers
This Kale Almond Pesto recipe is based on one from Beckie at The Organic Dish. The other day when I stopped in there, she was making a luscious looking healthy pesto and I had to make my own with kale from our garden.
This incredible paleo pesto recipe is also Whole30 compliant and amazing served over grilled portobello mushrooms. Here are some of my easy paleo cracker recipes that are amazing with this Kale Almond Pesto!
JoAnna Pepe says
Hello again, Elana,
I was looking for a quick, easy kale recipe. This kale pesto is the best. I used lacinato kale, 2 cloves of raw garlic that had been marinating in olive for a couple of months, 2 TB of infused garlic extra virgin olive oil, 2 TB of lemon juice, celtic sea salt, red pepper flakes, 2/3 cup of raw slivered organic almonds.
All I say is WOW. I am a pesto snob. Your recipe rivals the best basil pesto I’ve ever concocted and without cheese! Another winner!!!!!
JoAnna, thanks for letting me know that this is the best :-)
Delicious, just inhaled half the recipe!!!!
Thanks Nancy! So glad to hear this was delicious :-)
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:)
Sixty five says
Just made this with some toasted walnuts. Lovely.
So glad to hear this was lovely!
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
So glad to hear you enjoyed this!
The Waspy Redhead says
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!