Kale Pesto

  • Author: Heather L McCurdy
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup (approx.) 1x


Delicious nut-free pesto recipe that is hearty with kale and full of flavor from the basil and garlic that it’s made with. Easy to adapt to make dairy allergy-friendly also.



  • 2 cups kale – washed and pulled off the stem
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup hempseed (can skip or swap for another seed or nut)
  • 1/4 cup pecorino or parmesan (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 TBS oil – olive or hempseed
  • 1/2 tsp.  salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper


  1. Throw kale, basil, and garlic in the food processor or blender and process until fine – not liquid. Add oil, and mix just until blended. Add salt, hempseed and cheese and mix all together.
  2. Refrigerate until using.

  • Category: Condiment

Keywords: pesto, nut-free pesto recipe