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carrot top pesto

Carrot Greens Pesto

Course Condiment, Dip, Homemade Ingredient, Sauce, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword carrot greens pesto, carrot top greens, carrot top pesto, carrot top recipe, homemade pesto, no waste recipe, pesto
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Author EmilyFabulous


  • food processor


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp walnuts (could also use pine nuts or almonds)
  • ½ cup fresh carrot top greens
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves, gently packed
  • ¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Add the garlic and nuts to the food processor and pulse until you get a paste.
    nuts and garlic in food processor for pesto
  • Next, add the carrot greens, basil, and parmesan and continue to process until everything is nicely combined into another paste.
    carrot top pesto before oil is added
  • Drizzle in the olive oil while processing until you get the desired consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    carrot greens pesto in a food processor


  • I find that because this recipe has raw garlic if the pesto has a chance to chill in the fridge the spicy garlic flavor tones down a bit. You could also cook the garlic in the olive oil for a minute or two on the stove before adding if you want a milder, sweeter garlic flavor. 
  • If you like a thinner, sauce-like consistency you may want to add more olive oil or less if you like a thicker pesto.
  • If storing this pesto in the fridge before serving, place plastic wrap directly on the surface to avoid a crust or discolorization.
carrot greens pesto in a bowl with plastic wrap on top