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Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

Carrot Top Pesto

A simple, six ingredient pesto recipe made using carrot tops!  A great way to incorporate a new type of green, as well as reduce food waste using all parts of the carrot.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Snacking in Sneakers



  • 1 bunch carrot tops
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice (zest first - it's easier than trying to zest after squeezing it!)
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup olive oil
  • (optional) salt to taste



  • Add all ingredients to a food processor, starting with the lesser amount of olive oil.  Pulse a few times until well combined.  Add additional olive oil as needed to reach desired pesto texture.  
  • Taste pesto - if desired, add salt.  I usually season the foods I'm adding it to first (like baked chicken or potatoes) but feel free to add a little salt to the pesto if needed.
  • Serve pesto over pasta, baked chicken, potatoes, or whatever your heart desires!