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Kale and Cashew Pesto (dairy free & vegan)

An easy green pesto made with kale, coriander (cilantro) and cashew nuts instead of pine nuts. It tastes divine!

Vegan kale and cashew pesto

Kale and Cashew Pesto

I'm totally addicted to kale!

I have to admit I mostly add it to smoothies, but lately I've started adding it to pesto, hummus, pasta, soups, stews and bubble and squeak

OK, so I'm actually using it quite a lot! Look in my fridge and you'll always find a big bag of it. Of course it helps that it keeps really well, much longer than other greens.

I thought this kale and cashew pesto would taste good, but I was blown away by the flavour. 

I was super tempted to just keep dipping in for another spoonful to make sure it was ok. You know the way you do. 

Of course it would have disappeared rather fast if I kept that up. I resisted temptation and popped it in the fridge.

We enjoyed this pesto stirred through pasta with roast vegetables, spread in wraps and drizzled on homemade veggie burgers. It was gone in a flash!

Of course I made my pesto in my faithful friend. My Optimum 9200 Next Generation power blender or should I say my other love affair!

I couldn't live without it now. I really couldn't.

He is used for everything. Daily smoothies, shakes, soups, pesto, hummus, custard, curd, burgers, falafel, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, chocolate mousse, cocktails...........

Worth every penny!

If you're looking for a new blender do consider this one, it's a powerful beast. It comes with 5 years warranty which can be boosted to 10 years and a 30 day money back guarantee, so you can try it and if you aren't happy with it you can return it.

In the meantime I'm giving away one of these handsome beasts. So do enter and good luck!

love kale why not try ...

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Kale and Cashew Pesto
A creamy pesto made with cashews instead of pine nuts and with no cheese, so it's dairy free, vegan and utterly delicious!
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 25g kale
  • 25g basil
  • 100g salted cashew nuts
  • 1 clove garlic
  • a good grinding of black pepper
1. Rinse the kale and basil.2. Add all the ingredients to a power blender or food processor and whizz until quite smooth. I like there still to be a bit of texture.3. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary. You won't taste the garlic strongly to begin with, but the flavour will develop.4. Enjoy!notes: This will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days. Once you have used some just top with a little olive oil and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Total time:
Yield: 290g pesto

Here are a few more kale recipes for you to try:

Kale and Asparagus Asian Broth with Spelt - Amuse Your Bouche
Quick and Easy Dal with Kale - Fuss Free Flavours
Superfood Orzo with Roasted Broccoli, Curly Kale and Almonds - The Veg Space
Kale, Butterbean and Coconut Soup - The Botanical Kitchen
Kale, Coriander and Hemp Hummus - Tinned Tomatoes
Kale, Pumpkin and Smoked Cheese Tart - Farmersgirl Kitchen
Kale Egg Cups - Rough Measures

Disclosure: I work for Froothie UK, but all opinions are my own and I do use my every day and completely recommend it. I've had a more expensive power blender and it just wasn't as powerful, it also required two jugs which was just plain annoying!


  1. Delicious - I'm a recent kale convert and this looks like a super-healthy way to enjoy pesto! x

  2. I've used kale more this year than before although not as much as you by the sound of it! It is good to throw into stews and soups to boost iron and vitamins but I love how creative you have been with it. Thanks for including my link too :-)

    1. Thanks Janice and yes it's lovely stuff and super healthy. Not too poverpowerly flavour wise either which helps.

  3. This looks extremely good. Adding it to next week's meal plan.

  4. This looks gorgeous - love the idea of drizzling it over veggie burgers! I've never tried that but it sounds great :)

    1. Oh yes it's good on veggie burgers, for extra luxury add fresh mozzarella then drizzle the pesto.

  5. This pesto looks fab! Any excuse to use more kale is good for me! Thanks for adding my recipe Jac :)

  6. It sounds so tasty, and I'm looking out for good vegan recipes as we may have a vegan friend visiting in the summer. Hope I can make it in my pestle & mortar though:-)

    1. Yes you can make it in a pestle and mortar and in fact some people prefer it made that way. Me, I'm all about quick and easy :)

  7. So your Froothie is a he? Cute. :-) I am a fellow kaleophile and put it any likely thing. It certainly makes a brilliant pesto with its minerally bite. Cashews make it so creamy too. The fact that it is health is almost incidental ;-)

  8. I have a similar recipe that is going to be in my book actually. I just love making pesto with kale. I mean, look at the colour!

  9. I am a pesto lover actually so I am super keen to try this kale version.

  10. Please don't hate me - I love Kale, but for me it has to be cooked. This pesto, however, is the perfect compromise. I'm getting me some kale and blitzing to try this yummy dish. Thank you for helping me feel like I'm not a complete failure as a food blogger! Sammie x


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