Kale & Walnut Pesto

Written by Ingo Loge

September 20, 2013

(Submitted by Renee Leonard-Stainton – Renee Naturally)

www.reneenaturally.com

Makes: 2 cups

Serves: 4

Kale & Walnut PestoRenee Leonard-Stainton (Renee Naturally)

Renée Leonard-Stainton is a Naturopath, Nutritionist, and Western Medical Herbalist, with a passion for green living. As the creator of the popular blog ‘Renée Naturally’, she shares healthy recipes, natural health articles and sustainable living guidance to over 20,000 followers. Renée is also a regular health contributor to various magazines, radio shows, and blogs. In her naturopathic practice, she treats both adults and children with a variety of health issues. Renée is dedicated to providing credible and easy to understand health information to help people on their path to a healthy and earth friendly existence.

Victoria Boutenko is an author, teacher, inventor, researcher, artist and mother of three. She teaches classes on healthy living and raw food all over the world. As a result of her research and teachings, thousands of people are drinking and sharing green smoothies.

Victoria Boutenko is an author of 12 Steps to Raw Foods, Green Smoothie Revolution, Raw Family Signature Dishes and Green for Life. Green for Life is an award winning,  international best seller which has been translated into 26 languages with over a quarter of a million copies being sold world wide.

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Fabulous Kale & Walnut Pesto Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale leaves, ribs removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large fresh garlic clove, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Method

  1. Place all of the ingredients in your Vitamix
  2. Process until the desired texture is achieved (I quite like it to still have chunks of the walnuts in place)
  3. You can add more olive oil to create a runnier texture…perfect for drizzling over pasta, salads or pizzas!
  4. If you don’t have access to kale, no problemo, spinach will work just fine too.

Notes

Pesto might just be one of my all-time favourite condiments but with parmesan cheese as a key ingredient, it’s not ideal for vegans or those with dairy sensitivities. My version is sans the cheese (but not the flavour) and ups the nutritional ante with the addition of super food kale? Hey presto, delissimo!

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Kale & Walnut Pesto
Ingredients
  • 2 cups kale leaves, ribs removed, coarsely chopped
  • 2 cup of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 large fresh garlic clove, smashed and coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped, toasted walnuts
  • ¼ cup of nutritional yeast
  • 3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all of the ingredients in your Vitamix
  2. Process until the desired texture is achieved (I quite like it to still have chunks of the walnuts in place)
  3. You can add more olive oil to create a runnier texture…perfect for drizzling over pasta, salads or pizzas!
  4. If you don’t have access to kale, no problemo, spinach will work just fine too.
Notes
Pesto might just be one of my all-time favourite condiments but with parmesan cheese as a key ingredient, it’s not ideal for vegans or those with dairy sensitivities. My version is sans the cheese (but not the flavour) and ups the nutritional ante with the addition of super food kale? Hey presto, delissimo!

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