Kale Pesto/Sandwich Spread

kale pesto

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It’s possible that kale’s moment has passed. This is not a concern for me. At all.

I actually like kale now.

And I’ve always loved anything pesto so it seemed reasonable to use up that bag of not-yet-dead kale and get something yummy to spread on my latest obsession: vegetarian sandwiches.

This recipe for kale pesto has nutritional yeast in it. Nutritional yeast is something I’m currently experimenting with. Bottom line: it’s pretty tasty, easy to use, and works particularly well as a parmesan cheese replacement. I will certainly buy another container. It’s the yellow powder in the photo below.

To be clear: Parmesan cheese is an absolute favorite of mine. In fact, you might call it a trigger food. I always have it and have been known to polish off a wedge in a single sitting. No need for crackers or grapes. Just the cheese. So, for me to think nutritional yeast works is a thing. I am not blowing smoke up your skirt. If you can’t face driving to a grocery store, buy it here.

The other weird/new thing this recipe has is Herbamare original. This is a spice blend I get from Amazon. It checks all the boxes for organic, gluten-free, and no MSG. I started playing with Herbamare because I wanted to make ranch dressing at home without, well, the ranch spice packet … haven’t quite figured that one out yet.

Kale Pesto in food processor

Kale Pesto/Sandwich Spread

Put everything in the food processor and blitz till smooth.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Appetizer, Condiment, Garnish, Side Dish


  • 3 handfuls chopped kale from a bag or container, or the equivalent of leaves, hand chopped
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup walnuts or nuts of choice
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 3 T nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 - 1/2 c olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Herbamare Original
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp freshly hand ground black pepper because Anthony Bourdain says to grind the pepper by hand and he's right. It's somehow sweeter and cleaner tasting


  • Load up your food processor with everything at once and blitz until it's smooth and spreadable. 
  • It's pesto - the amounts and the ingredients are guidelines. 

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