Kale Pesto Egg Salad — Damn Delicious

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Kale Pesto Egg Salad

The addition of kale pesto in this egg salad is a wonderful, healthy twist to the traditional version!

Kale has become a huge trend recently but as much as everyone raved about it, I couldn’t really fall in love with it. It was almost too “harsh” as a green, and a bit too much bite for my taste. But before I swore off kale for the rest of my life, I decided to use some leftover kale greens in a homemade pesto. I honestly wasn’t expecting much with the pesto but little did I know how much I would actually like it.

The “harshness” of the kale actually became a huge advantage in the pesto, letting the flavors of the kale really shine through without overwhelming the bite or palate. I added just enough of this pesto magic in a Greek yogurt egg salad mixture, giving it just enough green for that fun, herbaceous spring twist on a classic egg salad sandwich.

This pesto egg salad has become one of my favorite egg salad recipes yet, and it will be in constant rotation at our house. We’ve already had it 3 times this week!

Now for the giveaway!

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Kale Pesto Egg Salad

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

The addition of kale pesto in this egg salad is a wonderful, healthy twist to the traditional version!


  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 baguette, cut into 3-4 equal pieces, toasted, for serving
  • 2 cups arugula, for serving
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced, for serving

For the kale pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups kale leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/3 cup STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. To make the pesto, combine kale, garlic, pine nuts and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor; season with salt and pepper, to taste. With the motor running, add olive oil in a slow stream until emulsified; set aside.
  2. Place eggs in a large saucepan and cover with cold water by 1 inch. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute. Cover eggs with a tight-fitting lid and remove from heat; set aside for 8-10 minutes. Drain well and let cool before peeling and dicing.
  3. In a large bowl, roughly mash eggs with 1/4 cup kale pesto, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve sandwiches on baguette with arugula, tomatoes and egg salad mixture.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Star Fine Foods. All opinions expressed are my own.

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