Carrot Top Pesto

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A tasty way to use your carrot greens.

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carrot top pesto recipe

Carrot Top Pesto

A tasty way to use your carrot greens.
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: carrot top, carrots, gluten-free, pesto, vegan, vegetarian
Author: Eugenia Bone

Ingredients

  • Greens from 1 medium bunch of carrots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Squirt of fresh lemon juice
  • Salt

Instructions

  • Pull the feathery leaves off the stems. You should have about 2 loosely packed cups of leaves.
  • Bring a small pot of water to a boil and drop in the carrot leaves. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes to blanch, then drain. The greens will reduce to about 1/2 cup.
  • Transfer the greens to a food processer or blender and add the oil, pine nuts, garlic cloves, lemon juice, and salt to taste. Blend to a puree.
  • Refrigerate the pesto, covered in oil, for up to 10 days, or freeze.

Notes

Eugenia Bone is the author of The Kitchen Ecosystem: Integrating Recipes to Create Delicious Meals (Clarkson Potter, 2014). The book includes 400 recipes derived from 40 common ingredients—from asparagus to fish to zucchini—that create a kitchen ecosystem of connected foods that can be used across many dishes. Photo by Ben Fink. 
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