Kale and Pistachio Pesto | Vg, GF | #RecipeADayMay

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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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16 thoughts on “Kale and Pistachio Pesto | Vg, GF | #RecipeADayMay

  1. 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. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

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