Spinach and Kale Pesto

IMG 2705 e1357609103714 Spinach and Kale Pesto

I’m trying to watch The Bachelor while I write this.

Scratch that. I’m trying to write this while I watch The Bachelor.

I’m sorry if images of Sean with his shirt off cause me to not be quite as articulate as normal.

In fact, you know what? Let’s just get to the recipe.

What we’ve got here is a gorgeous, down-to-earth guy…oh wait. That’s Sean again. Crap.

Ok, seriously. This pesto is delicious, but packed with healthy, nutrient-packed spinach and kale. Use it as you would any other pesto! In fact, my friend Stef has a great way for you to use it on some roasted potatoes. (And no, we did not confer about our kale pesto-making ahead of time.)

Have some pesto left over? Store it in an airtight container and store it in the freezer. When you’re ready to use it again, just thaw it out and you’ll be ready to go.

Spinach and Kale Pesto
Yield: Over 1 cup of pesto
  • 2 cups chopped kale, stems removed
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup toasted, slivered almonds
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the kale and cook for 1 minute. Immediately drain and dunk into ice-cold water to halt the cooking. Drain and wring out any excess water.
  2. In a food processor, combine the kale, spinach, garlic, cheese and almonds. Pulse to combine. While the machine is running, stream in the olive oil, adding a little more until you reach your desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste, and pulse to combine again.



  1. Another great way to eat kale :)

  2. Thanks for the shout out gurrrrl! Your pesto is sooooo green. Pretty! Bachelor is being recorded in our house in favor of college football, booooo!

    • I think blanching the kale made it SUPER green!

      Tell Michael I disapprove. So much so that I called him Michael.

  3. You and Stef are just too in-sync! (Now I’m thinking “It ain’t no lie baby bye bye bye!”)

    This pesto looks fantastic! Yummy and healthy! yayyyy!!!!

  4. Yum! What a good way to get kale into your diet! I’m sure Sean would love this ;)

  5. This looks so vibrant and fresh! Love your blog and can’t wait to explore more!

  6. That’s a hardcore pesto! What was the inspiration for making pesto with these 2 hearty greens?

  7. I’ve never made pesto and I’m psyched to try out your green machine version! Your pesto looks magnificent and it’s making me crave a bowl of pasta…I’d eat it while catching up to you in my Grey’s episodes ;P

  8. I am really trying to get on board with kale this year and this looks like a good way to start! Awesome!

  9. You so rock. I have kale, spinach, potatoes, and slivered almonds I need to use up quickly, and here you are with one recipe! Now, what can you do for my pickle relish, leftover pork chops, and grapefruit?

    • Score!! As for the relish, pork chops, and grapefruit…I think I may refrain from putting those all in one recipe! (I do want to keep readers around) ;-)


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