Kale and Pistachio Pesto | Vg, GF | #RecipeADayMay

Hey everyone and welcome back to #RecipeADayMay. I know it was only last week that I did my last pasta sauce recipe, but you guys seemed to like that one and I felt like making another. We’ve all had basil pesto a million times, so I wanted to make this one a little different. This kale and pistachio pesto is nutrient dense, light, fresh and full of healthy omegas.  

I don’t know about you, but I find regular a bit too greasy sometimes, which can feel heavy. To compensate for that, I’ve made this one with less oil; in order to keep the creamy texture this pesto is used making olive oil and non-dairy milk. There’s plenty of healthy fat in this recipe from the nuts and seeds, so I didn’t see the need for an excessive amount of added oil on top of that. 

The pesto is super quick to make and all you need is a food processor or blender.  

kale and pistachio pesto

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, soy free and vegan. 

Serves: 4 regular pasta servings 

Prep time: 10 minutes 


  • 100g kale 
  • 50g pistachios  
  • ½ cup non-dairy milk  
  • Juice of one lemon 
  • 80ml olive oil  
  • 2 cloves garlic  
  • 1 tsp dried oregano  
  • ¼ cup mixed sunflower and pumpkin seeds 
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary  


  1. Preheat oven to 190°c. 
  2. Place seeds on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and sprinkle the dried rosemary over the top.  
  3. Put baking tray on the top shelf of the oven for 5-8 minutes until seeds are golden and natural oils are starting to release.  
  4. Once cooked, pour seeds and all other ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 

Serve and enjoy!  

kale and pistachio pesto

Do you like trying alternative pesto flavours? What’s your favourite kind of pasta dish? 

Until tomorrow, 


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  1. 8th May 2018 / 10:59 pm

    Wow!! I definitely need to try this! I love both kale and pistachios. This sounds super healthy and so nutrient rich. I’m a big pesto fan but would be totally up for creating this healthy alternative. Thanks for another delicious recipe Sophie <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  2. 10th May 2018 / 5:10 pm

    OMG! I need to try this! I am a massive pasta and pesto lover! I have tried many pesto but never did my own! Would be so nice to do it and try this recipe out! xx corinne

  3. 10th May 2018 / 5:19 pm

    I agree with you in that pesto (or rather all pasta sauces) tend to leave me feeling heavy and bloated. Would love to try this healthier alternative.

  4. 10th May 2018 / 5:23 pm

    This looks super easy and tasty as well. Might work perfectly as a meal for work. Thanks for the recipe xX

  5. 10th May 2018 / 5:24 pm

    This looks so super healthy!!! & amazing xxx

  6. 10th May 2018 / 5:30 pm

    Looks so yummy!!! I absolutely love kale but am not a good cook and can’t think of enough things to do with it

  7. 10th May 2018 / 5:33 pm

    This looks great and very simple to make. I haven’t eaten much pesto in my life, but I can see myself trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  8. 10th May 2018 / 6:10 pm

    I looove pasta dishes – they are definitely a favourite of mine. I do enjoy more of a tomato-y based sauce though. This does look like a nice healthy option – I will have to give it a try in the future and see if it changes my favourites list, haha.


  9. 10th May 2018 / 6:58 pm

    I love pesto sauces on zucchini and spaghetti squash noodles! I will have to try this out for sure!

  10. 10th May 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I have tried so many pesto’s but never made one from scratch before – and what can beat a good pasta dish?! Looking forward to trying this one

    Amy x

  11. 10th May 2018 / 8:35 pm

    This looks so good, and so healthy too. I’ll be definitely trying this out!

  12. 10th May 2018 / 8:47 pm

    I saw this on your Insta and started drooling so thank you for sharing your delicious and nutitious recipe we’re having pasta this weekend, I’ve got some wild garlic to harvest from our garden, yummy! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

  13. 11th May 2018 / 11:10 am

    Mmmm this is my idea of heaven! I love pesto pasta, and this sounds delicious and I love that you have done it without extra oil in it too! Pesto can sometimes come across really oily, so I’m excited to give this one a try. I will definitely be keeping this recipe in mind next time Im craving pasta!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

  14. Huda
    12th May 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Oh yum! This sounds so so good! Pasta is one of my fav foods to eat and this pesto type sauce sounds amazing! xx

  15. 15th May 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Ahhhh !!! Looks like I have found a receipe to go well with my keto diet
    I’m gonna surely try my hands on this one

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