Wilted Kale with Kale-Cilantro Pesto

Side Dishes

Wilted Kale with Kale-Cilantro Pesto

If you’re a fan of either kale, or pesto, this Wilted Kale is sure to be a winner. Let the water that clings to the kale (after you wash it) be the catalyst to steam and wilt it. Then, purée additional kale with cilantro, pepitas, Cotija cheese, and tart lime juice to make a pesto like you’ve never had before. It turns this plain-Jane leafy green into a delicious side dish that everyone is sure to love.


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Mince 3 cups kale, cilantro, pepitas, Cotija, and garlic in a food processor for the pesto.

Add oil and lime juice; purée pesto and season with salt.

Heat a sauté pan over medium. Add remaining 18 cups kale and cook, covered, tossing occasionally until kale wilts, 5 minutes.

Stir in pesto and garnish kale with additional Cotija.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 203

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 13g 20%

Saturated Fat 2g 10%

Cholesterol 4mg 1%

Sodium 131mg 5%

Carbs 19g 6%

Fiber 4g 16%

Protein 8g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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