Seasonal Recipes

Kale and pumpkin seed pesto (vegan)

I like to use the leaves and stalks of coriander in my pesto, just chop up the stalks a little. By all means, use just the leaves if preferred. I've only come across white miso that's made with rice, but some miso pastes are fermented with wheat or barley, so double-check the ingredients if you are gluten-free.
makes 2 cups

1 bunch of kale (approx 250-300g), washed well, spun dry and hard stems removed
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup (125g) lightly toasted pumpkin (pepita) seeds
1 cup of loosely packed coriander (cilantro) leaves and stalks, chopped
1-2 green chillies, seeded and roughly chopped, optional
3/4 cup (185ml) extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon)
1 tablespoon white miso (gluten-free)
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


    Place kale, garlic, pumpkin seeds, coriander and green chillies, if using, into a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, you may need to stop it occasionally to scrape down the sides or move things around a little to get it all going. With the motor still running, drizzle in the olive oil in a steady stream. Lastly add the lemon juice and miso, give it one final whiz, taste and season with sea salt and black pepper. If not using straight away pack into a clean glass jar, cover with a thin film of olive oil and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

    Source : My Darling Lemon Thyme