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Recipe: Garlic Scape-Kale Pesto

By on July 27th, 2010 Categories: Day-to-Day Matters



Here is it – finally – the recipe and photos for my Garlic Scape-Kale Pesto recipe. We are still using what this recipe made earlier in the week; tonight I added a teaspoon to each serving of my stand-by red lentil soup along with serving more pasta tossed with the garlic scape-kale pesto (hard to get enough of that!) and some chopped red peppers from the freezer.

Ingredients:

1 cup garlic scapes (about 8 or 9 scapes) cut into ¼-inch slices

3-5 leaves lacinato (dinosaur) kale, tough stems removed and then slice into sideways strips
1/3 cup walnuts, pecans, or pine nuts (toasting these adds a nice twist)
3/4 cup olive oil

~ 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese 

1/2 teaspoon salt
 (I omitted since there is enough salt from the cheese for me)
black pepper to taste (I did not add any)

Directions:

Place scapes, kale, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor and grind until well combined and somewhat smooth but not purely pureed. Slowly drizzle in oil and process until integrated but there is still some “chunkiness”.


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Transfer mix to a mixing bowl.  Add parmesan, salt and pepper to taste. Makes about 1-1/2 cups of pesto. Keeps for up to one week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.  Or transfer to an ice-cube tray and freeze to be defrosted and used one cube at a time at your leisure.  The latter approach makes scape pesto available even in mid-winter, when it’s use can make a scrumptious dish.


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This pesto is bright green in contrast to the beautiful light green pesto made just from the garlic scapes.

Enjoy, enjoy – there is no shortage of ways to use any pesto, let alone a pesto made with kale, my favorite vegetable.

Where kale continues to be more than decoration on my plate!

All photos are credited to Diana Dyer.

This post was borrowed with permission from Diana’s kale blog, 365 Days of Kale.

Diana is a wife, mom, organic farmer, Registered Dietitian, and author of the book A Dietitian's Cancer Story. In between all that and more, she is a multiple-time cancer survivor. Diana's website, CancerRD.com, focuses on nutrition information for cancer survivors. She began her blog, DianaDyer.com, to share a wider scope of thoughts about life as a cancer survivor, food and nutrition, gardening, recipes, our environment, and the urgent need for developing food systems that promote health not disease, ecological sustainability, and social justice. Photo credit: Dick Dyer

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