Up your pesto game. 

By F&W Editors
Updated June 01, 2017
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Making pesto with kale instead of basil isn't just healthier, it's unexpectedly delicious. Here, five amazing dishes to make this summer with kale pesto.

1. Lemony Barley Salad with Kale Pesto

Kale does double duty here: Some of the leaves are pureed with lemon juice and olive oil for a phenomenal pesto, and some of them are torn into pieces that are stirred into the cooked barley at the end for a tasty, 35-minute dish.
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Kale does double duty here: Some of the leaves are pureed with lemon juice and olive oil for a phenomenal pesto, and some of them are torn into pieces that are stirred into the cooked barley at the end.

2. Citrus Lentil Salad with Kale Pesto

The fragrant lentils in this salad get a jolt of freshness from juicy oranges. A dollop of healthy kale pesto rounds out this easy dish.

3. Rigatoni with Lemony Kale-and-Pecorino Pesto

Making pesto with kale instead of basil isn't just healthier, it's unexpectedly delicious. And according to the dish's creator, chef Chris Cosentino, it's a simple way to get kids (or anyone) to enjoy kale. Make this 30-minute dish any weeknight when you're tight for time, but don't want to compromise on flavor.
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According to chef Chris Cosentino, this amazing pasta is a simple way to get kids to eat kale.

4. Herbed Quinoa and Roasted Asparagus with a Kale Pesto Sauce

This fantastic side dish comes together in just 35 minutes.

5. Tajarin with Grilled Kale Pesto

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Chef Kevin Fink's smart, simple grilled-kale pesto is great with any type of pasta.