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Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou

Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou

An Herbal Pistou ~ Basil, Kale and Chives with garlic and extra virgin olive oil processed to a creamy paste.
Adds a zesty and flavorful essence to soups, brushetta, pasta, vegetables and more!

Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou
Bursting with Mediterranean Flavors

Similar to Pesto, but without nuts. Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese is optional…delicious without.

Basil, Kale & Chive Pistou


1 cup fresh basil leaves, cleaned and dried

1 cup fresh kale, cleaned, dried, all ribs removed

2 tablespoons fresh chives, cleaned and dried

2 medium fresh garlic cloves, peeled

1 pinch salt & pepper

⅓ cups extra virgin olive oil 

2 tablespoons parmegiano reggiano, grated (optional) omit for Vegan



In a small, 4 cup food processor, add the first 5 ingredients. Pulse to blend all.
Add olive oil in two additions and blend until smooth.
Add parmesan if desired, pulse in.


Store in a clean glass container with a tight lid in the refrigerator.
For longer storage, pour a film of olive oil over the top.


Pistou can be stored for later use – add 2 tablespoons into each cavities of small ice cube trays. Freeze. Defrost each when ready to use.


Makes just over 1/2 cup

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer.

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    • Carol Thiessen
    • 10 May 2022

    I like a paper copy so I have printed it off complete with the message not to reproduce it and your website at the bottom. I hope you don’t mind.
    This recipe looks great I have lots of chives and basil, love garlic and I probably will use cabbage in place of Kale because I have it on hand. Looking forward to trying it.

    1. Reply

      Hi Carol ~ Thanks for the note, enjoy the Pistou – let me know how you use it!
      I just planted my basil… chives are growing strong.

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