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Wintertime Pesto (Recipe)

Wintertime Pesto (Recipe)


The selection at farmer’s markets can be slim pickins’ this time of year — if they’re even open at all. So what’s a local food lover to do in the middle of January? Eat lots and lots of winter greens, of course! Even in the coldest of climates, winter greens like kale, escarole, chard and collards are readily available. There is so much you can do with these greens, but making pesto is one of my favorites. Even this basil pesto fanatic can get behind winter green pesto!

So what winter greens should you use? Well, any, really, in any combination you wish. This anything goes method of pesto making is a great way to use that last bit of kale or that chard that’s about to go bad.

If the bitterness of raw winter greens is too much for you, balance it with a little (or a lot of!) lemon juice.


  • 4 cups packed winter greens (kale, mustard greens, chard, collards, escarole)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice to taste

1. Place winter greens, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan in a food processor. Blend until nearly smooth, adding the olive oil in gradually while itís running.
Taste, and conservatively add lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and re-blend until flavor suits your liking.
2. Serve within two days at room temperature.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and womenís issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.


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1:53PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

Sounds good!

1:34PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

Sounds yummy.Thanks for sharing

10:06PM PST on Feb 18, 2013


11:21AM PST on Feb 18, 2013


11:57PM PST on Feb 8, 2013

Have to try, thanks.

6:16PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Being a lover of pesto, these greens may be worth trying, as long as they aren't too bitter.

7:08PM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you

2:46AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you

7:38PM PST on Jan 26, 2013

Thank you

2:55PM PST on Jan 26, 2013


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