Tomato Towers With Mozzarella And Kale Pesto

  • Prep Time:
    55 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    5 minutes

  • Yield:
    4 servings


  • 1/4 pound Dino (lacinato) kale
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts, toasted*
  • 1 teaspoon Santa Cruz Organic® Pure Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup R.W. Knudsen Family® Nature's Peakā„¢ Orchard Veggie Blend
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, plus additional for garnish
  • 4 small ripe tomatoes (about 1 1/4 lbs.), each sliced horizontally into 3 equal-sized slices
  • 1 cup fresh mozzarella pearls (60 pearls), drained


  1. BOIL large pot of salted water. Cut kale away from tough center stems. Coarsely chop leaves. Blanch kale 60 to 90 seconds or until brightly colored. Remove to strainer. Run under cold water. Cool. Squeeze out excess water. Measure 3/4 cup blanched kale.
  2. SQUEEZE out excess water from kale. Combine kale, cheese, nuts, lemon juice, garlic and salt in food processor. Cover and pulse until finely minced. Add veggie blend and oil. Pulse several times to combine. If too thick, add additional veggie blend to achieve desired consistency.
  3. SPREAD 1 tablespoon pesto in middle of each serving plate. Mix remaining pesto with mozzarella in small bowl. Layer pesto mix between tomato slices to create overlapping tower. Repeat with remaining tomatoes. Garnish with additional oil and remaining pesto and cheese.
  4. *TO TOAST NUTS: Place nuts in dry nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat, shaking pan until nuts are lightly browned. Remove from pan immediately to avoid over-browning.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
Calories Per Serving: 320
Total Fat Grams: 28g
Calories From Fat Grams: 240
Saturated Fat Grams: 9g
Saturated Fat Grams Percent Daily Value: 45%
Cholesterol: 40mg
Cholesterol Percent Daily Value: 13%
Sodium: 390mg
Sodium Percent Daily Value: 16%
Carbohydrates: 8g
Carbohydrates Percent Daily Value: 3%
Dietary Fiber: 2g
Dietary Fiber Percent Daily Value: 8%
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 11g
Vitiman A Percent Daily Value: 110%
Calcium Percent Daily Value: 10%
Vitiman C Percent Daily Value: 70%
Iron Percent Daily Value: 6%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.