Pecan Kale Pesto

pecan kale pesto in a glass bowl

Nutty, citrusy, earthy Pecan Kale Pesto makes an amazing pesto cream sauce or is delicious spread on sandwiches!




  1. Pulse the pecans, kale, Parmesan, chili pepper, orange zest, salt, and nutmeg in a food processor – about 16 pulses.
  2. Combine the orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil, and maple syrup in a measuring cup or a bowl. With the processor running, drizzle in this mixture and let the processor run for a few more seconds until it’s all combined. 
  3. Taste and season with a pinch of salt if needed. 


To make a Pecan Kale Pesto cream sauce, add a scoop of this pesto to a skillet over medium heat and pour in heavy cream, stirring to combine, until you reach your desired consistency.