Easy Vegan Kale Pesto (oil-free)

Hi friends!

Is it just me or is pesto one of the best creations on earth?! If you’ve been looking for a healthier, vegan, dairy-free, oil-free pesto, you must try this new easy vegan kale pesto recipe.

Why does this pesto have no oil?

Omitting the oil from pesto makes it much lower in fat and calories. If you’re trying to lose weight or want to eat healthier, you must try this. The best part is that you don’t even realize the oil is missing. Seriously, you’d never know this didn’t have oil because it’s THAT good.

Simple Ingredients:

  • Kale
  • Basil
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Almonds (or nut of choice)
  • Garlic
  • Salt

….and that’s it!

How do you make it?!

All of the ingredients go straight into the food processor, then blend until it’s totally combined, scraping down the sides as necessary. Stir into your favorite pasta and enjoy!

This is a great way to use kale and get your greens in while eating something super delicious.

Josie’s Organics: Why You Should Buy Organic Produce

Why organic?! Josie’s Organics doesn’t use any synthetic fertilizers or pesticides on their farms. This is so important!

I used the fresh organic kale for my easy vegan kale pesto from Josie’s Organicsan amazing all organic company that grows their produce in the fertile California Valley.

The story:

Their family farming business dates back to the 1920’s, when two young Swiss immigrants, Sebastian and Josie Braga decided to start growing beets, tomatoes, onions, hay and corn.

Today, three generations later, the organic family farming tradition is being kept alive! Josie’s Organics harvests over 25 varieties of USDA certified organic veggies.

I love their inspiring story and love supporting them by buying their produce!

If I see Josie’s Organics in the grocery store, I snatch it up real quick because it’s truly such fresh produce. You can find their produce at stores like Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Sprouts and many more.

Be sure to look out for Josie’s Organics in your local store! Use their store locator here!

Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

Common Questions:

Do I have to use basil?

Yes! Basil gives it that classic pesto flavor while the kale gives it a nutrient dense punch.

What other nuts do you suggest instead of almonds?

You could also use pine nuts, walnuts, or even cashews.

I am allergic to nuts, can I substitute something else?

Sunflower seeds will work if you are allergic to nuts.

How long does this keep in the fridge?

3 days.

Can I put it in the freezer?

Yes! You can definitely freeze this pesto sauce.

Can I reheat the pasta once it already has the pesto on it?

Definitely – I encourage you to!

Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

Other Options:

Add this pesto to a buddha bowl, drizzle it on a salad, dip some delicious crusty bread into it, or even add onto some crispy potatoes! This easy vegan kale pesto is so versatile – you will be obsessed.

Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

One more tip:

If you make this easy vegan kale pesto and plan to mix it with pasta. Make sure to stir it into the pasta immediately after the pasta strains. You don’t want the pasta to sit in the strainer and get clumped together. It will stir much easier if you mix the pesto into the pasta right after the pasta is strained. This goes for any pasta recipe!

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Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

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Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

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Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

Easy Vegan Kale Pesto

Fresh, delicious, 5-minute kale pesto that's 100% plant-based, oil-free and dairy-free.
serving 4 servings
prep time 5 minutes
total time 5 minutes

the ingredients

  • 12 oz bag of your favorite pasta I used brown rice pasta
  • 2 cups kale I use Josie's Organics
  • 2 cups fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup skinless almonds
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder


  • Blend all ingredients in food processor until smooth scraping down the sides as necessary.
  • Stir into your favorite pasta and enjoy!

This post was made in partnership with Josie’s Organics

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In good health,


Danielle Brown

Hi! I’m Danielle Brown, the face behind HealthyGirl Kitchen! I share easy, approachable plant-based recipes that are not only healthy but taste amazing. Follow me on Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook for free vegan meal ideas, recipes and healthygirl tips.

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  1. Mimi says:

    Wonderful and fresh recipe! Don’t even miss the oil!5 stars