No other sauce out there packs such a punch of flavor quite like a good pesto. This recipe is no exception and is super quick to make. The two stars of this pesto are kale and almonds. Kale is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Kale also provides your body with calcium and potassium. Almonds are a type of monounsaturated heart healthy fat and are also an excellent source of vitamin E and manganese. Not only is this pesto packed with nutrients, it literally takes minutes to whip up in your food processor. I like to make a batch of this garlicky goodness and freeze to use later in recipes. The best way to do it is to freeze in ice cube trays or snack size zip lock bags, that way you can easily pop the pesto into your next recipe. You can use pesto in pasta dishes, as a sauce for pizza or try spreading on sandwiches. For a twist on regular pasta sauce, try stirring into your next tomato sauce. We already have the perfect recipe for you to make, our low sodium tomato sauce!  Store bought pesto usually has about 80 calories, almost 10 grams of fat and over 100 mg of sodium. When it’s this easy and inexpensive to throw together, and lighter than the store bought, why not make your own?  Pesto itself can also be so versatile. Try this same pesto recipe with other greens like arugula, basil or spinach for a different flavor. Basic pesto recipes call for pine nuts but you can use any type nut like pistachios, cashews or walnuts.

Quick Kale Almond Pesto

Quick Kale Almond Pesto

by Jennifer Adsit, RD

Makes 1 cup total



2 cups kale, packed

2 cloves garlic

¼ cup parmesan cheese

¼ cup almonds, unsalted

¼ cup olive oil



Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.

Store up to 1 week in a tightly sealed jar or tupperware in the refrigerator.


Serving Suggestions

Use as a sauce for pizza – look for our recipe later this week! Try stirring into tomato sauce for your next pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodle recipe. Pesto also makes a great spread for sandwiches too! My favorite is grilled cheese, tomato and pesto. You can also spread onto chicken or fish and bake in the oven for healthy dinner with lots of flavor.


Nourishing Nutrition (per tbsp)

Calories: 53          Protein (g): 1          Fat (g): 5           Carbohydrates (g): 1          Sodium (mg): 22