When you have carrots this gorgeous, you want to use every bit of them! Don’t throw away those gorgeous carrot tops, use them to make Carrot Top Pesto!
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Carrot Top Pesto
I’ve joined a new CSA, and I am so in love with them already after only two weeks! I didn’t take a photo of everything I received last week, but as soon as I saw these gorgeous carrots and their tops, I knew I had to capture them in all their glory. First of all, I have never seen carrot tops so fresh! They were literally too pretty to ignore, I knew that I needed to do them justice. The carrots weren’t to shabby either in their ombre shades of orange. If I had been clever I would have arranged them by color, ombre style. But honestly, I was so dazzled by the fresh green tops, the carrots were almost an after thought.
I knew just what I was going to do with them. I had already decided to roast the carrots, add some shredded rotisserie chicken and make a grain bowl. All it needed was a topping to add some zing. Hello, carrot top pesto! I googled around and found several variations. Some had you add cilantro leaves, some basil and some parsley. I was planning on using parsley with the carrot tops, but then forgot to get some at the store, so mine is made using just the carrot tops.
This was so good! The carrot tops reminded me a little bit of arugula. I used cashews for the nuts and didn’t bother adding any cheese to this, though parmesan would have worked great. I kept this very simple with just carrot tops, garlic, cashews and olive oil. You could easily vary it by adding cilantro, basil or parsley and parmesan cheese.
Now that you’ve used up the carrot tops, I highly recommend this Za’atar Roasted Carrots with Labne for the carrots!
Carrot Top Pesto
Use every bit of your carrots with this Carrot Top Pesto
- 2 cup carrot tops washed
- 1 clove garlic
- 1/4 cup toasted cashews
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup olive oil
Add the garlic and cashews to a food processor bowl and process until chopped up. Add the leaves and pulse until it's coarsely chopped. While the processor is running, pour in the olive oil, until everything is combined. Season with salt and pepper.
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