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carrot top pesto

Carrot Leaf Pesto

A twist on classic basil pesto, this Carrot Leaf Pesto recipe is not only delicious but helps reduce waste! Carrot tops are edible and a great way to make healthy and nutritious meals.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Author: EmilyFabulous


  • food processor


  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tablespoon 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

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.