I was surprised to see recipes for pesto with carrot greens surfacing quietly on food blogs, friends’ Facebook pages and recipe sites. “Impossible!” I thought, “These scraps are only fit for stock.” Well, they say curiosity killed the cat, but I can assure you that this recipe will send you directly to Cloud 9!

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Carrot Top Pesto

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup, 6 ounces


  • Carrot greens – 3.5 cups loosely packed carrot greens, thoroughly rinsed and stems removed
  • Garlic – 1.5 tablespoons, coarsely chopped
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons, freshly squeezed
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 1/4 cup
  • Parmesan – 1/4 cup, grated
  • Raw cashews – 1/4 cup raw cashew pieces, which are cheaper than whole
  • Yogurt – 1 tablespoon plain yogurt, a thicker yogurt will result in a thicker pesto
  • Sea salt – Pinch of salt to taste, depending on how salty your parmesan is!


  1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until blended.
  2. Remove the lid and use a spatula to push down the pesto that has crept up the sides of the blender. Blend into a creamy paste.
  3. Transfer to a glass jar or container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks (though it won’t stand a chance that long!).
  4. Or, you can freeze for later use with the ice tray method.


Allergens: dairy

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