kale pesto recipe

It’s a simple kale pesto that can help reduce the effects inflammation if you suffer from skin condition like Eczema.

Making this quick and easy pesto recipe from scratch, using fresh ingredients, will get you motivated to heal your Eczema inflammation.

Healing benefits of this kale pesto

Kale leaves are rich in Carotenoids and these have an antioxidant effect which reduces skin inflammation. This also makes it really important for heart health because they prevent the oxidation of fatty substances1.

The largest ingredient of this dish is Olive oil which is rich in Oleic Acid. It helps alleviate the effects of very dry skin because it hydrates and locks in moisture – good for cracked scaly Eczema patches.

Garlic is also important for cardiovascular health as it contains an anti-inflammatory compound called Diallyl Disulphide1.

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Kale Pepper Pesto

Recipe by crave nutritional cookingCourse: Anti-inflammatory, Gluten-free, Vegan, CondimentCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy, Beginner


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  • 1 cup Kale leaves

  • 1 cup Basil leaves

  • 1 small Bell pepper, roughly chopped

  • 0.5 tsp Himalayan Pink salt

  • 1 tsp Black pepper

  • 2 tsp Nutritional Yeast flakes

  • 4 cloves Garlic

  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice

  • 1.5 cup Extra Virgin Olive oil


  • Place the dry ingredients into the food processor except the olive oil.
  • Pulse to chop the peppers and leaves until they are fine, then process on normal speed.
  • Now start pouring in the olive oil through the feeder and blend until you have a saucy consistency.
  • Next add in the lemon juice and blend until the pesto is well combined and creamy.
  • Pour into a bowl and set aside.


  • Make sure you massage the Kale for 5 minutes before combining with the rest of the ingredients.
  • This pesto is great for spreading onto¬†gluten-free bread or seeded crackers.
  • Will keep in the fridge for 4-5 days.

Nutrition Facts

8 servings per container

Serving Size50g


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 56.2g 87%
    • Saturated Fat 8.1g 41%
  • Sodium 65mg 3%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 199mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
    • Dietary Fiber 1.2g 5%
    • Sugars 1.6g
  • Protein 1.7g 4%
  • Calcium 3%
  • Iron 5%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

1  Pinnock, Dale. Kale, Pg 141, The Nutrition Bible. London: Quadrille, 2020. Print.

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