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Carrot Top Pessto
Carrot Top Pesto
Prep Time
5 mins

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: carrot greens recipe, carrot top pesto, pesto
Servings: 16
Calories: 84 kcal
Author: Gwynn Galvin
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups chopped carrot top greens
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup toasted chopped pistachios
  • 2 cloves garlic, rough chopped
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  1. Combine olive oil, carrot top greens, Parmesan, pistachios, garlic, lemon juice and kosher in a food processor or heavy duty blender. If using a blender, be sure to put the olive oil and lemon juice in first for easy blending. Puree or process until blended.

Recipe Notes

Makes 1 cup/1 Tablespoon per serving

Serving Suggestions

  • Toss pesto with hot pasta
  • Serve over cooked chicken, fish or beef
  • Drizzle pesto over hot cooked vegetables
  • Toss in a pasta salad or potato salad 
  • Serve as a dipping sauce

Swirls of Flavor Recipe Tips

  • An immersion blender also works well when blending the ingredients together


  • Substitute your favorite nut for the pistachios
  • Substitute fresh parsley for some of the carrot greens
  • Substitute fresh basil for some of the carrot greens
Nutrition Facts
Carrot Top Pesto
Amount Per Serving
Calories 84 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 54mg2%
Potassium 20mg1%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.