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Kale Melt with Gouda and Walnut-Basil Pesto

Raw kale salad may have its health benefits, but it's arguably not the most fun way to eat your vegetables. Smashing it into a sandwich with nutty Gouda and a quick homemade pesto is a serious improvement. If you're looking to fast-track this, because you absolutely cannot wait to eat, use store-bought pesto instead.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup walnuts
  • 1 Cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 Cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 Cup plus 4 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for brushing the bread
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 5-6 Ounces kale, stems removed, cut or torn into large chunks
  • 4 large slices thick whole-wheat or grain bread
  • 2 Ounces aged Gouda, shaved or sliced

Directions

Toast the walnuts in a dry pan over medium heat, stirring frequently, until fragrant and slightly darker in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a food processor, and pulse until coarsely ground. Add the basil and parsley and pulse just to combine. With the motor running, pour in ¼ cup olive oil until combined. Season with salt.

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, 1 minute, stirring, and then add the kale and saute until just wilted, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Brush 1 side of each bread slice with olive oil, and gently sprinkle with salt. Spread the pesto onto the un-oiled side of 2 of the bread slices, and top each with the kale. Divide the Gouda on top of the kale.

Heat the remaining 2 teaspoons oil in a large saute pan, and transfer all 4 slices to the pan. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes to start toasting the bread and melting the cheese, and then cover with a lid until cheese is totally melted, about 1 minute longer. Top the kale slices with the toasted bread slices.

 

Nutritional Facts
Servings2
Calories Per Serving704
Total Fat52g79%
Sugar7gN/A
Saturated11g55%
Cholesterol32mg11%
Protein20g40%
Carbs45g15%
Vitamin A500µg56%
Vitamin B120.4µg7.3%
Vitamin B60.4mg19.8%
Vitamin C106mg100%
Vitamin D0.1µgN/A
Vitamin E7mg34%
Vitamin K748µg100%
Calcium453mg45%
Fiber7g27%
Folate (food)189µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)214µg54%
Folic acid15µgN/A
Iron5mg28%
Magnesium100mg25%
Monounsaturated30gN/A
Niacin (B3)5mg26%
Phosphorus372mg53%
Polyunsaturated9gN/A
Potassium660mg19%
Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg24%
Sodium636mg26%
Thiamin (B1)0.4mg28.8%
Zinc3mg19%