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Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Growing up, garlic bread was a staple of almost every birthday party, sleepover and sporting event that I ever attended. Basically, if there was a gathering where copious amounts of delivery pizza was involved, garlic bread followed close behind. Because let’s be honest, what’s not to love about garlic bread? A crispy crust, a soft interior and a heavy slathering of butter and garlic is a guaranteed recipe for success.

So what’s happened to garlic bread over the last few years? It seems to have all but disappeared from my diet. Have you noticed this too?

So it got me thinking, maybe garlic bread needed a bit of a makeover. Something more “adult”. Which is why I’m here today. To bring you this recipe for Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto.

Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Now, I know what you’re thinking. If there isn’t any butter, then it’s not really garlic bread. But don’t knock it until you try it! I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the great depth of flavor in this recipe. And I doubt you’ll even notice that I sneakily left out the Parmesan cheese from the pesto. The layer of kale pesto gives this bread a hint of freshness and the perfect pop of color. And if you want to change it up, feel free to use spinach or arugula in place of the kale.

Serve this Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto along side your favorite Italian dish. Or add a few slices of fresh tomato on top once it comes out of the oven for a delicious open faced sandwich. And let’s put garlic bread back on the menu!

Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 8-12 servings

Vegan Garlic Bread with Kale Pesto

Traditional garlic bread gets a makeover with freshly minced garlic, olive oil and a layer of homemade kale pesto.

Ingredients

    For the pesto:
  • 2 cups torn kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    For the garlic mixture:
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic (from about 4-5 garlic cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    For assembling:
  • 1 baguette, cut in half lengthwise

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Make the pesto. In the bowl of your food processor with the blade attachment, combine the kale, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic clove, salt and black pepper until almost smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  3. Make the garlic mixture. In a medium bowl, stir together the olive oil, minced garlic, garlic powder and red pepper flakes.
  4. Assemble the garlic bread. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the baguette halves cut side up on top of the foil. Spread the garlic mixture evenly over the baguette halves. Then spread the pesto over top of the garlic mixture. Depending on your taste preferences, you may not use all of the pesto for this recipe. You can store any leftovers in an airtight container in your refrigerator.
  5. Transfer the baking sheet to your pre-heated oven and bake the garlic bread for 12-15 minutes. The bread should be warm and starting to crisp and brown around the edges. Remove from the oven. Carefully transfer the garlic bread to a cutting board. Slice and serve.
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19 Comments

  • Reply
    Ashley
    March 7, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Oh my gosh, this looks SO TASTY!! I never would have thought of using kale as a pesto ingredient. This will be a perfect addition to some soups I’ve been wanting to try.

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 7, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Thanks, Ashley! I hope you try it out!

      • Reply
        Yasmin
        February 16, 2017 at 5:54 am

        This looks amazing!!

        If you were oging to make a big batch of pesto – how long do you think it would keep?

  • Reply
    Emma {Emma's Little Kitchen}
    March 7, 2016 at 11:53 am

    What a great excuse to eat garlic bread! Looks so yummy, and kudos on the no butter!

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 7, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Thanks, Emma!

  • Reply
    Erin
    March 7, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    This bread looks seriously delish, and so pretty too! What a fabulous idea! I’m drooling over all that garlic. 😛

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

      Thanks, Erin!

  • Reply
    Tori
    March 8, 2016 at 5:58 am

    Yumness! I feel like I’ve gotten so boring with my pesto so I’m all over the idea of this kale pesto!

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 8, 2016 at 7:16 am

      You’re going to love it, Tori!

  • Reply
    Dean @ Globe Scoffers
    March 8, 2016 at 11:47 am

    What a great idea. I love kale can’t wait to try this.

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks, Dean!

  • Reply
    Claudia
    March 8, 2016 at 11:53 am

    This looks so good! I wish I didn’t just have dinner lol. Will save the recipe!

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I know you’ll love it, Claudia!

  • Reply
    Josh
    March 10, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Do you bake the bread with the kale pesto on it or put it on after the bread has been baked?

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 10, 2016 at 7:46 am

      The bread gets baked with both the pesto and garlic mixture on it. See step 4 in the recipe.

  • Reply
    Sallie Jarrhett
    March 17, 2016 at 6:19 am

    These look perfect for today’s St. Patrick’s day pot-luck brunch. Thanks so much for posting the recipe!

    • Reply
      Liz
      March 17, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Totally perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Thanks, Sallie! 🙂

  • Reply
    Susie
    April 2, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Delicious pesto recipe. I sliced the top of my baguette into a criss-cross diamond pattern, then massaged the garlicky pesto into the cracks, drizzled the chilli oil over the top and it was the perfect tear and share loaf.

    • Reply
      Liz
      April 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

      So glad you enjoyed it, Susie! And love your method here!

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