Vegan Kale Pesto & Crazy For Kale Launch Party!

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Vegan Kale Pesto - PaleoToday marks the official launch of Hallie (from Daily Bites) new eBook, Crazy for Kale.  I was more than excited to participate in this fun party to celebrate a cookbook devoted entirely to one of my very favorite vegetables” KALE!!!!  Hallie has written several cookbooks and I have always found her recipes top-notch.  The Pure Kitchen and Super Healthy Cookies are two cookbooks that use healthy ingredients great for lots of food lifestyles.  Crazy for kale is no different!!  Vegan, Paleo, kid-friendly…Hallie has a bit everything in this cookbook with some really creative uses for this beloved dark green (Grain-free Chocolate Brownies anyone?!)!

Kale can be a sorely under appreciated super food, so having an arsenal of 40 recipes to find ways to enjoy it is a fabulous idea!    Me and some fellow bloggers have volunteered to help Hallie get the word out about this new eBook, and also agreed to share a kale recipe of our very own.  SO on top of the FOURTY great recipes in her book, you can also visit each blogger’s page today for even more inspiring ideas on how to use it!

Guest List:CrazyForKale-Badge

For my kale submission, I decided to finally post a vegan pesto recipe I have been using for some time…but this time I tried it with half kale leaves and LOVED it!!  Pesto is such a versatile spread, here are some ways I like use it:

  • Mixed into a vinaigrette
  • As a topping for sweet potatoes
  • With spaghetti squash
  • Mixed in with mayonnaise for a tasty sandwich spread or steamed artichoke dip!
  • As a fun addition to tuna casserole
  • Broiled w/ fresh tomatoes
  • Mixed in some scrambled eggs

What about you?  What creative ways do you like to use YOUR pesto?

Vegan Kale Pesto - Paleo


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Vegan Kale Pesto & Crazy For Kale Launch party!
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 1 cup
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup steamed kale leaves (about 3-4 minutes in my steamer)
  • 6 tablespoons toasted pine nuts
  • 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 small cloves garlic (raw garlic is so powerful, I am careful with it!)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt, to taste
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth!


Remember, you can get your own copy of Hallie’s new book, Crazy for Kale all for your very own!  Find out new ways to enjoy this super-food and integrate more of it into your diet!

Here are two of our family’s favorite kale recipes:

  1. Sauteed Kale w/ Caramelized Onions
  2. Kale ChipsVegan Kale Pesto - Paleo


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When her third child was born with severe food allergies, Tessa took to the kitchen to figure out how to feed her family well. Always up for a culinary challenge, their journey has taken many twists and turns! Lots of Paleo, and lots of top 8 free. Good food for families, that's what she's about!

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26 comments on “Vegan Kale Pesto & Crazy For Kale Launch Party!
  1. Ricki says:

    Mmmm–kale pesto! One of my favorites (especially on pizza–hooboy!). Yours sounds delish, too. Added to my “must try” list! :)

  2. I’ve never used nutritional yeast in pesto, but that’s a great idea for making it taste more “cheesy.” Thanks so much for being a part of the kale e-book launch, Tessa! Here’s to eating more kale all year round, yes? :)


  3. Lynn Moody says:

    In this recipe can I omit nutritional yeast? I am very sensitive to yeast.



  4. amber says:

    Hi Tessa,

    Looks so amazing! I LOVE pesto. What a great recipe packed full of nutrition!! Can’t wait for all the recipes. :-)


  5. Oh my gosh great minds must think alike. I came across a quinoa and kale dish at a local resto and recreated each element. My pesto redo is very similar! Maybe you will enjoy the other recipes too!

  6. I adore pesto of every kind and can’t believe that I haven’t tried a version with kale in it yet. Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to download my new kale e-book!!!

  7. What a tasty way to eat more kale! I’ll have to try this. :)

  8. Johnna says:

    Your pesto recipe sounds amazing. I love pesto and I love kale, so this is definitely going to happen in my kitchen soon. Thanks for sharing this!

  9. Hannah says:

    Looks like a great recipe! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope to see you again next week!

  10. Another great use for kale! Can’t wait to give this recipe a try :)

  11. I recently discovered the delightful companion pine nuts can be to kale — your recipe here includes some fab flavors! Thanks for sharing this on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  12. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  13. This sounds AMAZING :) A great way to include KALE into your diet!

  14. Julia says:

    I love pesto and kale, so this recipe is perfect!

  15. I am a kale lover, the book and recipe look awesome!! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    We have a Gluten Free gift basket giveaway this week! One lucky winner will score an awesome basket, just in time for Mothers Day!

    Cindy from

  16. This looks like a great book. The kale I planted last year has been doing well despite me giving it no attention so I’m definitely up for some recipes for my free food. I adore pesto so this is such a great way to make the pesto stretch a bit further.

  17. Beia says:

    Wow!!! I’m so impressed! This is delicious!! And, to be able to make a vegan pesto taste cheesy, I never would have thought possible. Thanks for posting this!

  18. I’m disappointed that you posted this to Hearth & Soul 10 months later, because your links are to the main page of each blog instead of to their kale recipes. Of course I can search each blog for kale recipes, but I was hoping it would be easier. :-(

    Here are my favorite kale tips, and kale is also an option for the greens in the recipe that CommentLuv is linking!
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  19. Shailynn says:

    This looks delicious. We love pesto and I never thought to make it with kale. So I’m going to have to squeeze this into a meal plan really soon.
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  20. Raia says:

    This sounds so yummy, Tessa! Thanks for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays!
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  21. Tessa, you beat me to it. I have kale in the fridge and I’m going to make pesto. I’m trying it with walnuts so I’ll let you know how I go. Yours looks delicious. Thanks for linking up to Thriving on Thursday.

    Anne xx
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  22. Justin Ludwig says:

    I tried this recipe yesterday for our party, and it was a huge hit! This is now bookmarked as my go-to vegan pesto recipe. Thanks!! :)

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