Kale Basil Pistachio Pesto

This kale basil pistachio pesto blends ruffly green leaves and sweet basil, pistachios and crumbly cashews, under the gentle guidance of fresh lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil.

Kale basil pistachio pesto

Kale Basil Pistachio Pesto:

  • 2 cups kale, chopped
  • 1 cup basil, packed
  • 1/8 cup dry-roasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon cashew seed seasoning (recipe below too)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Cashew Seed Crumble (1 tablespoon used for pesto)

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tablespoon raw sunflower or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground garlic powder


  • Food processor


First, wash, then dry, the kale and basil.

Next, prepare the cashew seasoning. Place the cashews, yeast, seeds, salt and garlic powder in the food processor. Pulse the mixture until it is crumbly. Set one tablespoon of the cashew seasoning aside and store the rest in the refrigerator.

Then, place the prepared kale and basil in the food processor. Pulse until the greens are finely chopped. Add the pistachios, 1 tablespoon cashew seasoning, salt, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend the ingredients until completely incorporated and smooth.

Store this kale basil pistachio pesto in the refrigerator for immediate use or freeze for future feasting.

Kale basil pistachio pesto


  • This recipe only requires 1 tablespoon of my cashew seed seasoning. Enjoy the rest with my bell pepper cashew sauce, flatbread, and sweet potato bolognese, to name a few.
  • From a nutritional perspective, certain therapeutic foods are known for their cardiovascular benefits. Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols that offer an anti-inflammatory effect. Greens such as basil and kale contain nitrates that act as vasodilators. Healthy fats (like extra virgin olive oil) are an essential component of the diet as they are required for the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin K which is found in dark, leafy greens and plays an important role in blood clotting). When choosing olive oil, look for brands like Lucini Italia, which contain 100% olives (no other oils are blended to dilute the product).

Disclaimer: Material presented on this website should not be considered medical advice. Always speak to your qualified health provider to determine what’s right for your health plan.

Leave a Reply