Monday, February 13, 2012

Kale Basil Pesto

If you came here hoping for some Valentine's Day-inspired treats, I'm sorry to say I don't usually deliver.  I'm not so much for the commercial holiday.  Will you forgive me?  After you make this pesto, I hope you will!

Kale Basil Pesto

It doesn't happen often, but sometimes I get home with no plans for dinner.  Challenging myself to create something with what was already in my kitchen, this hearty pesto came together quite quickly.  Tossed with some whole wheat fusilli and dinner was served!




Kale Basil Avocado Pesto
Recipe by Shannon
Yield:  ~2c

I bet this could've taken a little acid, but I had no lemons, feel free to add the juice of half a lemon or a splash of cider vinegar if you'd like!  I also chose not to add nuts, but those would be a nice addition if you chose to do so.

1 avocado, pitted
1 1/2c packed basil
1 lg bunch of kale, de-stemmed
1/2t sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
1/4c finely grated parmesan
2 small garlic cloves (or 1 large)
extra virgin olive oil (or your desired oil, I actually tried avocado oil with this)

Blanch kale 2-3 min in a large pot of boiling, salted water.  Transfer to an ice bath to stop the cooking, then drain and squeeze dry.

Add kale, basil, avocado, salt, pepper, parmesan, garlic, and 2T oil to a blender and process until well blended, adding extra oil if needed to reach your desired consistency.  Taste and adjust seasonings.




Luckily this made enough pesto to try a few new things.  One morning it got incorporated into some savory oats, topped with a sunny-side up egg.  Another evening had the pesto as pizza sauce!  The pesto got slathered on a partially cooked chickpea crust and then topped with sauteed onions and pears and a little goat cheese (inspirations here and here).   Earthy pesto, slightly sweet pears and a little tang from goat cheese, this was one delicious pizza.




What would you do with your kale basil avocado pesto?? 

22 comments:

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I have a whole bunch of cilantro in my fridge that is just begging to be used as a pesto. I love making pesto as a way to use up leftover herbs and greens!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I definitely have a kale pesto pizza in the blog queue :) Pesto is such a great way to pack in nutrients, especially with kale!

Megan said...

I think I'd have to make a pizza like that as well. Wow, that sounds good.

Elizabeth said...

That pizza looks amaaazing. I have a bunch of lacinato kale right now, pesto is tempting.

Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Adding avocado to any kind of pesto sounds amazing... especially this kale version! Love it =).

Ranjani said...

I love that you added avocado to this - adding avocado makes anything a winner in my opinion

Ranjani said...

Oh also, if Andrew made this for me on Valentine's day, I definitely wouldn't complain!

Natalie said...

we always have kale on hand so i need to try this! i'm so intrigued by the addition of avocado--yum!

Erica said...

I forgive you! Theres wayyy too much sweet out there today! The avocado is a fun add in. I bet this would awesome on a big bowl of veggies

Cara said...

Wow, that pizza sounds out of control (in a good way, of course!) Awesome call on adding the avocado to your pesto. I'll have to try that!

Erin said...

WOW Shannon this looks really amazing! All creamy and nutritious! Very nice! I'm going to pass this link along to a few people :) xo

Joanne said...

I posted soup today, so you're off the hook on my end :P

Plus, I love pesto and ahve some kale in the fridge. Perfect.Timing.

Reeni said...

I would do everything you did! I have been hearing so much about savory oats - this is the most appealing by far!

Amy said...

Kale pesto? What a great idea!! So healthy and delicious!

Sacha said...

I love great twists on traditional basil pesto, especially when it involves some nutritional powerhouses! Both applications look great.

Daisy said...

love that you put an avocado in her too. looks amazing.

Natasha Price said...

What a yummy pesto creation! I would love to have a slice of that pizza!

Jen said...

The pizza looks awesome! Love the idea of a kale pesto. I've been eating kale like it's my job recently...

AikoVenus said...

Mm I love making this type of pesto - yours looks especially good and healthy! ^^

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

how very wonderfully green!!!

Rosiecat said...

Wow, that pizza sounds stunning. I want to dine at Chez Shannon tonight!

Tri Cook said...

I finally got around to making this tonight and I have to admit, this is really awesome! I'm a big pizza fan so I can't wait to add this pesto to it.

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