Kale-Almond Pesto

Sometimes simplicity is best. So I’m keeping it short and sweet today.

an overhead shot of this ultra green kale almond pesto in a glass jar on a blank white canvas

Take this kale-almond pesto for example. It’s very simple to make – 6 basic ingredients and a quick whirl through your food processor. Boom. Over. It’s done.

Easy-peasy. Simple.

an overhead shot of this ultra green kale almond pesto in a glass jar out of focus on a blank white canvas sprinkled with in focus almonds

What’s not simple is the flavor or how to use it. I’ve been eating this pesto with just about everything – in my scrambled eggs with some feta cheese, as a sauce on a margherita pizza, smothered on crackers with Parmesan cheese!!!

Ok so maybe it is simple to use, but there’s nothing wrong with that – especially when life gets hectic and you only have enough energy to make scrambled eggs for dinner (#truelife).

Now I know you were probably expecting something a little more St. Patrick’s Day related today, especially because my last name is O’Brien… but I couldn’t help this green color! And corned beef will be happening in my house tonight – just not in the usual form.  I’ll be making this!

an overhead shot of this ultra green kale almond pesto in a glass jar on a blank white canvas covered in out of focus almonds

What is your favorite way to use pesto?

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Kale-Almond Pesto

  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Yield: about 1 cup 1x


  • 2 cups torn kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup almonds, raw


  1. Combine all ingredients except almonds in a food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. Add in almonds and pulse until it reaches your desired consistency.
  3. Eat it on top of all of your favorite foods – eggs, pizza, pasta!

 kale almond pesto in a clear glass jar on a white canvas with almonds sprinkled around

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10 thoughts on “Kale-Almond Pesto

  1. Brie @ Lean, Clean, & Brie

    So simple, but so delicious! I am always on the look out for dairy free pesto variations because I loooove pesto but my body does not like dairy haha

    1. Ellie Post author

      Thanks Brie! P.S. I’m loving the energy ball roundup you did this week. I have my go-to recipe, but I’m always looking new ones to try!

    1. Ellie Post author

      Thanks Mike – you’ll have to let me know what you think! I bet it would be great on top of your Spicy Basil Lemon Chicken!!

  2. Cailee

    YUM! This recipe looks amazing! What a healthy treat! …and oh my gosh! I love that idea to eat it with eggs! What a great combo. Also, I LOVE your blog! It’s so great and I can’t wait to read more!
    xoxo Cailee!


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