Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Raw Kale Pesto

more ways to eat kale.
Raw Kale Pesto
Bright, raw, perfect.

We're all obsessed with kale these days. Kale salads, kale pizzas, kale chips, kale EVERYTHING. I've been around the kale-paved block and then some. I've eaten it raw, cooked, baked and chip-ed, but now it's time for something new. Having not yet figured out a good way to pickle it (VERY open to suggestions, though) I'm turning to pesto, a go-to for preserving greens around here. Many recipes call for briefly blanching the leaves beforehand, but it's completely unnecessary. Simply remove the tough stems and process it uncooked. Raw kale makes a bright and simple pesto that is great with everything from raw chopped salad to a traditional pasta dish 
to eating it straight out of the jar with a spoon.
Not that I've ever indulged in such nonsense...

Gorgeous local kale, soon to be pesto-ed.
Can that be a verb now?

Raw Kale Pesto
(makes about 4oz)

1 bunch of kale, about 6-8 leaves, washed and center stems removed
1/4c raw pine nuts or walnuts
1 clove garlic
2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1tsp sea salt
1tsp lemon juice
1/4c nutritional yeast
pinch of black pepper
extra olive oil as needed

Coarsely chop kale and garlic clove and place into food processor or blender.
Add pine nuts or walnuts, sea salt, lemon juice, nutritional yeast and peppper.
Process until greens break down, about one minute. 
Drizzle in olive oil and blend until mix is well incorporated. 

For a thinner pesto, add more olive oil 1tsp at a time. 
Store in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid.
Will keep refrigerated for a week or two and freezes spectacularly well.
Cover pesto with a thin layer of olive oil to extend shelf life.


  1. Did you use lacinto kale? And would regular kale still work or do you think if I make it raw, a more tender kale such as lacinto is better?


    1. I did use lacinato kale for the pesto pictured in the post but have also tried the recipe with curly (the type you more commonly find in grocery stores) and red russian with great results. So I say be adventurous! Hope you enjoy the recipe!

    2. awesome thanks!! can't wait to make this

  2. When you say 1/4c nutritional yeast...does that mean cup?