A twist on a traditional pesto recipe, Carrot Top Pesto is an easy recipe that takes homemade pesto to an all new level of flavor! Fresh carrot top greens and toasted pistachios are a delightful flavor combination in this homemade pesto recipe.
Carrot Top Pesto Recipe
When those beautiful carrots with green tops are plentiful, it's time to make Carrot Top Pesto! Farmers markets are overflowing with summer produce and that makes me so happy. Carrots with their greens still attached are readily available at farmers markets and lately I have been seeing them in the produce sections of all of the grocery stores near me too. And if you’re lucky enough to have your own vegetable garden, you can harvest them in your own backyard!
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A twist on a traditional pesto recipe, carrot greens pesto takes homemade pesto to an all new level of deliciousness and is an easy recipe too! Our pesto recipe without pine nuts is bursting with the flavors of fresh carrots greens, the goodness of extra virgin olive oil, Parmesan cheese for texture and saltiness, lemon juice for a bright note and the unexpected flavor of toasted pistachios!
What do I put pesto on?
I love that pesto is so versatile. Did you know that it can be used in so many ways? You can:
- Toss with hot pasta
- Toss with vegetables
- Toss in a pasta salad
- Toss in a potato salad
- Add to salad dressing
- Add to dips
- Use as a dipping sauce
- Spread on a sandwich or toast
- Dollop on baked potatoes
- Stir into soup
- Use as a pizza sauce
- Top cooked chicken, beef, pork or seafood
- Stir into scrambled eggs
- Stir into mayonnaise, sour cream or Greek yogurt
Carrot Top FAQ’s
Are the tops of carrots edible?
The leafy green tops of carrots are edible. These green tops can be eaten raw in salads and pesto and are also delicious when sautéed in olive oil and garlic and added to soups..
How do you store carrot greens?
When you have carrots with their green tops attached it is best to remove the tops and store them separate from the vegetable. The tops are delicate and don’t last as long as the vegetable part of the carrot. Wrap carrot greens in a damp paper towel and you can store them in a plastic food storage bag in the refrigerator for about a day.
Are carrot tops healthy?
The leafy greens of a carrot are not only edible but are also very nutritious.
Carrot greens are:
- Rich in protein
- Rich in minerals
- A good source of potassium
- A good source of calcium
Carrot tops also contain:
- Vitamin C
Ingredients you will need to make this recipe
- extra virgin olive oil
- carrot top greens
- Parmesan cheese
- lemon juice
- kosher salt
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CaA twist on a traditional pesto recipe, Carrot Top Pesto takes homemade pesto to an all new level of flavor and is an easy recipe too! Carrot Top Pesto is bursting with the flavors of extra virgin olive oil, carrots greens, Parmesan cheese for texture and saltiness, lemon juice for a bright note and the unexpected nuttiness of toasted pistachios.
Toss pesto with hot pasta, or serve over cooked chicken, fish or beef.
Also delicious with vegetables, in a pasta salad or potato salad and as a dipping sauce.
Makes 1 cup/1 Tablespoon per serving