Kale and Garlic Scape Pesto

The first time I tried kale, it was true love. Its mild flavor, versatility and wonderful health benefits won me over quickly. It can be juiced, baked or sautéed. Its exterior repells water better than most greens and that attribute allows it to hold up remarkably well in soup or as a pizza topping.

I recently was caught up in a personal Vita-Mix demonstration at Williams Sonoma and went from, “That’s crazy expensive” to “I need one” in about 20 minutes. She talked about smoothies, homemade peanut butter, soup and ice cream. I hung on her every word until she told me that she hated kale. WHAT? I was no longer under her spell and I asked her if she’d ever tried kale chips. She made a face with a look in her eyes that told me not to suggest anything else that involved kale passing her lips. Maybe if we would have high-fived over our love of kale, I would have purchased the Vita-Mix. We’ll never know.

I received a bunch of kale in my local vegetable box and wanted to try making kale pesto. The shock of bright green on the pasta made for a beautiful meal and it was satisfying, too. I used pecans  in this pesto and I thought it was delicious without distracting from a traditional pesto flavor. The texture was just right.

Pesto and pasta are a natural pairing, but you can also use pesto instead of tomato sauce on pizza or spread it on toasted baguette slices and top with summer’s freshest tomatoes. A dollop on scrambled eggs sounds like a pretty good idea, too. It’s sure to never go to waste.

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  1. They should put it in the training manual: Never say you hate kale! 🙂 Alienating customers is usually not a good sales tactic. I like garlic scapes and your pesto looks tasty.

  2. I can’t get enough pesto! I mixed some into scrambled eggs, so I agree with you on the egg call. I so want a vita-mix too, but I still think they’re crazy expensive. And who doesn’t like kale?

  3. Haha I love that you turned on the Vitamix lady when she came out against kale! This recipe looks awesome- I just need to get my hands on some garlic scapes!

    And I do LOVE my Vitamix… But I also love kale 🙂

    • Sues – Lucky girl! The Vitamix is so enticing because I have a sub-par blender that was expensive to buy. Disappointing! You can sub in 2 cloves of garlic until you get your hands on scapes 🙂

  4. Yum! Kale! This looks so delicious, Nicole! I’m such a fan of pesto, and it goes on everything in our house! It’s so good mixed with some cream cheese and spread on a bagel! Okay, off to go make some pesto now!

  5. Hey Nicole, I just took inspiration from this for my lunch. I normally make a kale juice everyday, so I used some spare kale for this. Delicious! I used almonds, kale, a small handful of basil, garlic and olive oil for the pesto. The almonds made it quite rich so my boyfriend didn’t even notice the kale taste 🙂 I love your recipes, can’t wait to try some more!

    • Thanks for the lovely comment, Laura. So happy you found inspiration! Your version sounds wonderful!

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