Adding the walnuts to the chopped kale

Kale and Walnut Pesto – low FODMAP

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This is an extremely tasty and well tolerated addition to the traditional basil and garlic pesto taught to me by my friend Lauren. All quantities are approximate!

Ingredients – amended as of 12/08/15

I bunch of washed Kale leaves (stripped from their tough stems)
1 – 1&1/2 cup Walnuts or a mix of Walnuts and Almonds
1/2- 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Slosh of garlic infused olive oil (here in Australia I use Cobram Estate’s product)
1 tsp salt
Ground black pepper
1/4 -1/2 cup  lemon juice (juice from 4 small lemons)
100g pecorino or parmesan cheese, in small chunks or grated

Method

Stuff the kale and salt into the bowl of a large food processor. Process until finely chopped.

Adding the walnuts to the chopped kale
Adding the walnuts to the chopped kale

Add the rest of the ingredients and process until a paste forms. If the paste does not form a fairly smooth consistency that can be spooned into a dish, add more olive oil and/or lemon juice to suit your taste. This pesto should be quite lively and the lemon should be a dominant flavour.

When you are happy with the consistency, you will have a LARGE bowl of pesto. You can use this on gluten free pasta, as a dip, on sandwiches, to mix with gluten free breadcrumbs as a stuffing and for many other uses. I mainly use mine on pasta and as a dip with gluten free crackers (in moderation).

Kale Pesto frozen in glass container
Kale Pesto frozen in glass container

To keep it fresh place the amount you will use in the next two or three days in a bowl
in the refrigerator covered with olive oil and then with cling film. I freeze the rest in little containers – just enough for one recipe so I always have some on hand!  Here is some that I have frozen….

While nuts should only be eaten in moderation on a low FODMAP diet (excluding pistachios and cashews which should be avoided entirely), the amount of nuts and hard cheese per serving here should not pose a problem. If you find the pesto too “nut rich” and/or the cheese is a problem, you can always reduce the nuts, omit the cheese and just make a lemony kale and olive oil sauce/paste in the same way: or  simply add more kale. 

Defrosted Kale Pesto
Defrosted Kale Pesto
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