It’s kale season right now! Kale is grown in the US all along the West Coast, as well as in the South. One of my favorite ways to consume kale is to grind it into a delicious, vegan kale pesto. I’ve written an entire post on common questions I’ve heard about pesto. So check it out – especially if you want to adapt this recipe with what you have at home. If you have some kale, cashews, and an avocado, you can make this creamy, healthy vegan kale pesto in a heartbeat!
What can you use this kale pesto for?
Well, to be honest? Everything! This vegan kale pesto is super versatile. I’ve definitely used it for more than just pasta (though it tastes darn delicious on pasta. I’ve used it as a healthy vegan dip, a spread for sandwiches, and as a base for pizza. In fact, cauliflower crust + pesto + cherry tomatoes = the bomb (recipe coming soon!). While this recipe is vegan, you could add freshly grated parmesan to the pesto for even more deliciousness!
Can you reheat this pesto?
You could, but I recommend that you don’t. While it’s not a huge difference, I’ve noticed that the pesto gets a bit more “oily” when reheated. What I usually do is bring it out of the fridge for at least 30 minutes before eating. Then, I serve it on something warm (like pasta or toast) to bring up the temperature more naturally.
How long can you store this pesto for?
I have kept this pesto in the fridge for up to two weeks. Like that one time when I made it before Thanksgiving, and then went away for a full week. When I came back, it was still delicious as ever!Print
This quick and healthy vegan kale pesto is dairy free and can be made at home in under 5 minutes!
- 2 cups of kale, shredded (roughly one bunch, but you don’t need to be precise here!)
- 1/4 cup of cashew nuts
- 1 avocado
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup of water (to help blend)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Squeeze of fresh lemon
- Add the kale, cashew nuts and then spoon the avocado and garlic
- Add the olive oil, salt and pepper and blend away!
- Squeeze a bit of lemon once it’s blended to the right consistency – you can make it as smooth or chunky as you like it
- People like different consistencies for their pesto – I typically like mine to have a bit of bite to it (this takes about 1.5 minutes to blend in my Vitamix). If you want it smoother, you can blend a bit more on a higher setting (or add a bit more olive oil)
- I’ve suggested adding water to help with the blending – this is to help soften the kale leaves as you’re blending. Feel free to leave out if your blender can accomplish this without water!
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Food processing
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: vegan kale pesto, kale pesto, creamy kale pesto