Green Goddess Sandwich with Kale Pesto

Turn unused vegetable greens and herb scraps into a delicious pesto for sandwiches

Turn unused vegetable greens and herb scraps into pesto and make something utterly delicious and versatile with this Green Goddess Sandwich.

“We eat lots of kale and I would often remove and discard the tough ribs,” says Claire Tansey, a chef and the author of Dinner, Uncomplicated. 

“When I realized there’s still lots of flavour and goodness in those ribs of kale and I could reduce my food waste, I turned them into pesto — it’s a win-win.”

Claire Tansey

This pesto can be made in advance and kept in the fridge for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 3 months. Use it as a spread in this delicious sandwich–or in any recipe that calls for pesto. The recipe serves 4.

Ingredients for Kale Stem Pesto
2 cups chopped kale stems and leaves
⅔ cup canola oil
¼ cup grated parmesan
¼ cup almonds of walnut halves, toasted
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 small clove of garlic, peeled
¼ teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the Sandwich
8 slices of Oroweat Organic 22 Grains and Seeds Bread 
Soft goat cheese 
Sliced avocado
Sprouts or microgreens
Sliced cucumber
Cilantro, dill or any fresh herbs

How to Assemble the Sandwich

  1. To make the pesto, combine all the ingredients in a small blender. Purée until smooth. Reserve. 
  2. To make the sandwich, spread four slices of bread with goat cheese and top with a generous spoonful of pesto. Layer on the remaining ingredients and serve with yummy quick-pickled radishes.

Have more kale? Want to make your own croutons? Try this Kale Caesar Salad With Garlic Croutons.

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