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Super-Green Vegan Kale Pesto

Easy vegan pesto with tons of fresh herbs, nutrient-rich kale, seeds, and nutritional yeast! The perfect 10-minute spread or sauce for Italian night and beyond! Vegan, gluten-free, and oil-free optional.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings: 8 (2-Tbsp servings)
Category: Sauce
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 5 Days


  • 1 cup packed fresh basil (large stems removed)
  • 1 cup packed fresh parsley (large stems removed)
  • 2 cups packed kale (or other sturdy green such as collards or beet greens)
  • 3 Tbsp sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, or brazil nuts (use seeds to keep nut-free)
  • 3 large cloves garlic (peeled)
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3-4 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste)
  • 2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (if avoiding oil, sub water)
  • 3-6 Tbsp water (plus more as needed)


  1. To a food processor or small blender, add the basil, parsley, kale, nuts/seeds, garlic, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, and sea salt and blend/mix on high until a loose paste forms.

  2. Add olive oil (or water) a little at a time (streaming in while the machine is on if possible) and scrape down sides as needed. Then add 1 Tbsp (15 ml // use more or less if altering batch size) water at a time until the desired consistency is reached - a thick but pourable sauce.

  3. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more nutritional yeast for cheesy flavor, salt for overall flavor, seeds for “nuttiness” or thickness, garlic for bite/zing, or lemon juice for acidity.
  4. Store covered in the refrigerator up to 5 days. After that, pour into ice cube molds, freeze, and store in the freezer up to 1 month or more.


*Recipe as written makes ~1 cup of pesto.
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of oil (2 Tbsp as recipe is written).

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 8)