Kale and Sundried Tomato Pesto

June 16, 2016

This Kale and Sundried Tomato Pesto will be your new favorite way to cook with kale leaves! Use this pesto on everything from pasta to garlic bread!

Kale & Sundried Tomato Pesto

Even though I’m an Italian girl, I never really had a thing for pesto until my husband randomly requested it a couple years ago (probably because the chef at work made it one day for lunch – so spoiled).  I bought a jar of it from the store and then tried to make it myself.

At the time, I was part of a local CSA box program and received dandelion leaves in my box.  Having no idea what to do with them (aside from pulling them from the garden and throwing them away), I found a recipe on Pinterest for dandelion pesto.  It was bitter and horrible and scared me off from making homemade pesto for a while.  But I don’t give up that easily.  So when we started growing a ton of basil in our garden, I tried making pesto again with better results.  I have to say, I found something that I enjoy even more than traditional pesto. Kale pesto!

I probably buy a bunch of kale at least every other week.  It usually costs me less than a dollar and it’s so versatile!  I used to buy kale simply to make kale chips, but now I enjoy them in so many other recipes. I love to saute it in olive oil with garlic, then top it with crushed cashews and crumbled blue cheese.  I love to eat it in salads with fresh strawberries and grilled chicken.  And now, I love to use it in pesto with sundried tomatoes and fresh lemon juice.

Kale & Sundried Tomato Pesto

Kale and Sundried Tomato Pesto


  • 4 cups kale leaves, torn with stems removed
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Add kale leaves, sundried tomatoes, garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper and stir.
  3. Use pesto in pasta, on pizza, or as a great garlic bread spread!
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Kale & Sundried Tomato Pesto
Kale & Sundried Tomato Pesto

The first time I made this kale pesto, I spread it on homemade, cheesy, garlic bread before baking. It was awesome!  It’s also pretty awesome on pizza and in pasta.  But if you’re looking for something a little meatier, stay tuned and make sure you pin this recipe for later! I’ll have another recipe posted soon that’ll be perfect for this kale pesto!


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  • Reply B.Scott August 24, 2021 at 1:32 PM

    I assume you add the olive oil after solid stuff is finely chopped.. then till smooth?

    • Reply Jessica August 24, 2021 at 9:55 PM

      Oops! Sorry about that! You can add the olive oil in with the rest of the ingredients. Enjoy!

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