I’ve been craving green food lately, which led me to grab a big bunch of green kale while shopping. I went searching food sites to see if there was something besides kale chips, which I’ve had and love, but I wanted something with a lot of green and nutrients.
Kale is packed with vitamins and minerals. And I love that both the lemon and kale are alkaline-producing foods, helping us to lower acidity and inflammation in the body. Here’s one chart I found that can help you find more alkaline foods. Not all food I eat is alkaline, but I try to find a happy balance of acid and alkaline foods on a daily basis. An easy way to do this is eat a lot of greens.
You can add the pesto to cauliflower rice, soups and roasted vegetables, or even baked fish or chicken.
To make this a diary-free pesto, replace the Parmesan cheese with about 1/4 cup of pine nuts plus a 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Or try my dairy-free pesto using basil and walnuts.
I love this! What a great way to eat kale!
This looks wonderful! My kids love basil pesto and I’m confident that they will give this a try if I don’t volunteer the main ingredient…What is the serving size (on its own) and how many servings does it make?
I estimated it at 4 servings but it would depend on what you use it for. Hope that helps. Thanks!
Awesome Website! Simple ingredients and simple preparation…somehow i think it used to be that way and we were steered away from it? Thanks for your efforts. If you are not already familiar, you should look into the Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates. Dr. Mercola is a great source too! Also a documentary about Dr. Burzynski is worthwhile!
I am a HUGE fan of Kale and all greens! I do a pesto with collard greens that’s very similar. Another recipe that I love with Kale (that’s hearty, like your post mentioned) is a kale salad: tear into bite size pieces, cut and add red bell pepper and onion, mix with dash of lemon juice and guacamole … it’s substantial and it’s tasty and it’s different! Enjoy!
Yum. Love your salad idea!
I am wondering why you boil the kale, shallots, and garlic for a minute?! This does look very good!
Just to soften it a bit. The kale is very course and blanching it (essentially what you’re doing) changes the flavor slightly and softens it so it’s more like spinach in texture.
Ahhh. Thanks! I am going to make this w/my sis! My husband is not too adventurous when it comes to food! Kale is pretty strong!
You’ll find that blanching it takes the slight bitter taste out of the kale, and then the lemon and garlic dominate the flavor. Enjoy!
Your kale pesto looks divine!! I also love kale, called krul kool in Dutch!
MMMMMM,…That vibrant green is looking so tasty!
Krul kool – very cool 🙂