Vegan Kale Pesto with Cashew Nuts: 5 minutes healthy recipe! Serve it with pasta, bread, salads, soups, beans, roasted vegetables or anything else you like.
I use this kale pesto with cashew nuts so often that I felt like I should dedicate a separate post to it. I make it different every time, but today I share the basic recipe you can customize as you wish. For example, for my Kale Salad with Caramelized Grapefruit, Avocado, Feta and Pesto Dressing I added a bit of tarragon and lime juice and for this Kale Pumpkin Salad with Feta and Pesto Dressing I opted for some pumpkin oil. As you can see, I like adding pesto to my salad dressings. To make a regular pesto into a pesto dressing, you just need to make the consistency more liquid, by adding a bit more of oil and/or lemon juice. Another option would be to make a pesto-based creamy dressing whisking some Greek yoghurt, sour cream and/or mayonnaise with the kale pesto, making it an easy and healthy alternative to ranch salad dressing.
Kale is a great seasonal substitute for basil in classic pesto. It is insanely healthy and tastes great in it, too. By healthy I mean, it’s a REAL metabolism booster. Kale, garlic, cashew nuts, olive oil… There is nothing in this condiment that is NOT healthy.
Moreover, it goes well with almost about everything. Pasta? Yes. Green salad? Yes. Potato salad? Yes. Sandwiches? Yes! Jazzing up your roasted vegetable casserole? Yes. Fresh veggies? Yes. Fish? Yes. Eggs? Yes. Soup? Why not. Beans? Definitely yes. It makes literally everything taste better. I like to spread it on a slice of bread for breakfast or lunch. If you put a slice of your favorite cheese on top, it might become your favorite open-faced sandwich!
You can go ahead and preserve your kale pesto for later. I usually sterilize my jars, put some pesto inside leaving a bit of space and then pour a thin layer of olive oil on top. I seal it and keep refrigerated for a couple of weeks. You can prolong it to a couple of months by freezing it.
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Here is a recipe for you. Hope you like it!
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