Walnut Kale Basil Pesto

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto

A few weeks ago, the California Farm Water Coalition contacted me to see if I wanted to create a recipe with walnuts for Walnut Day. I immediately knew what I wanted to make…

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto Over Pasta

Pesto is one of my favorite items in the fridge. It can go on anything from eggs in the morning to a perfect marinade for your favorite meat or an amazing pasta sauce. Pesto packs flavor and nutrients…what more could you want?

Fresh Walnut Kale Pesto

Walnuts are a great replacement to pine nuts in pesto. They provide the same nutty flavor, but are packed with omega 3 fatty acids and are an excellent source of vitamin E. All of this combined with the super powers of Kale, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a pesto! Not to mention, walnuts are a heck of a lot cheaper than pine nuts!

According to the California Walnut Board, there has been a new study that has found that walnuts improve sperm quality in men. Needless to say, my husband will not consume another walnut again…ever. Just kidding! Another study that was conducted at Harvard University reported that walnut consumption can be linked to lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes!

Chicken Sandwich with Walnut Kale Basil Pesto and Sprouts

This pesto is so versatile. I have used it three times this week, with no complaints and clean plates! While grilling chicken breasts, I brushed them with this pesto for a deliciously moist chicken sandwich. I also grilled some veggies to put on the sandwiches and brushed those with pesto too. We loved these sandwiches so much we ate them two days in a row!

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto Sandwich Spread

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Walnut Kale Basil Pesto Pasta with Chicken

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto

Walnut Kale Basil Pesto


  • 1/2 cup Kale, cleaned and chopped
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/2-3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Boil a medium sized pot of water with a pinch of salt.
  2. Prepare a bowl of cold ice water.
  3. Add kale to boiling water and cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain and immediately immerse kale into ice water to stop cooking and strain.
  5. Using a food processor, chop garlic.
  6. Add walnuts, kale, basil salt and parmesan cheese.
  7. Slowly add olive oil while the machine is running.
  8. Store in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to 3 days, but can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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17 Responses to Walnut Kale Basil Pesto

  1. anniesmom1999 May 17, 2013 at 7:09 am #

    How much kale and basil?

  2. crazyforcrust May 17, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    I never thought to put kale in pesto! LOVE this idea!

    • The Seaside Baker May 17, 2013 at 6:40 pm #

      Thank you…it was fabulous and even better the kids had no idea they were eating Kale!

  3. baking bohemian May 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    What a delicious idea! My kids will love it too as long as they don’t know it contains kale!

  4. Mara August 25, 2013 at 10:19 am #

    What is the correct amount of parmesan cheese?

  5. Georgia Davis September 12, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Love your recipe Walnut Kale Pesto. It is the first time I tried kale. Did not have shredded parmesan cheese, so I used shredded parmesan, romano & asiago.
    Thank-you very much!


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