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Easy Kale Pesto There’s nothing better than a fresh pesto, especially in the summertime on a warm day! This easy kale pesto is a variation from a more traditional pesto as there isn’t any fresh basil, and it’s also dairy-free (for all you dairy-free people out there!).

I just love having this pesto around because you can use it in so many different and fun ways to make any dish more exciting. I will also be using this kale pesto as the base for many other recipes to come!


Easy Kale Pesto

Prep time: 10 minutes

Total time: 10-15 minutes

Makes: About 1 1/2 cups


  • 1 bunch kale, blanched and stem removed
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup avocado oil
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • Dash salt and pepper


  1. Wash and blanch the kale (to blanch you submerse the kale in boiling water for 30 seconds then immediately put it into an ice bath).
  2. In a blender combine all of the ingreidents- blanched kale, pine nuts, avocado oil, juice and zest of lemon, garlic, nutritional yeast, dried basil, salt and pepper.
  3. Blend on high until mixture is homogenous.
  4. Serve with your favorite dishes- on salmon, in dressings, on top of zucchini noodles, and more!9