CARE Recipe: Kale and Pistachio Pesto (Lightening Fast Topping to Dinner Protein)

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CARE Side: Kale and Pistachio Pesto (Lightening Fast Topping to Dinner Protein)

This bright green pesto is packed with flavor and nutrients. Nutrients like lutein and vitamin A, especially important for eye health. Use to dress extra lean protein (like fish or super firm tofu), spread on a sandwich, or add to any combination of cooked grains/roots and leafy and tender vegetables for a fast and delicious salad.

  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 1/2 cup pistachio kernels (walnuts could be used)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cup kale, chopped, (1 small bunch, dark green Dino kale recommended, any could be used)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (juice of one lemon)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Pulse until combined on medium high.
  2. Store in fridge for one week (or in an airtight container in the freezer for three months).


  • Calories: 125
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 135mg
  • Fat: 11g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 4g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: nutrient rich kale pesto

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