Carrot Top Pesto

Carrot Top Pesto

This makes a thick pesto, perfect for spreading on crackers or sandwiches. Alternatively, thin it out with more olive oil and use it as a dip for vegetables or as a sauce for pasta. 


Greens from 1 medium-sized bunch of carrots (to make about 1 cup after blanching and chopping)

1/2 cup unsalted sunflower seeds, toasted

1 garlic clove, minced

1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt

1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil


Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard »


Fill a medium-size pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat.

Prepare an ice bath: Fill a medium-size bowl with ice and water.

Once the water is boiling, add the carrot greens to the pot - pushing down with tongs to make sure they all get in the water - and blanch for 1 minute. 

Drain the pot into a colander and transfer the greens to the ice bath with the tongs to stop the cooking process. Let the greens cool completely and drain them.

Squeeze any remaining water from the greens and roughly chop them.

In a food processor, pulse the greens, sunflower seeds, garlic, lemon juice and salt, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Then add the olive oil and process again until smooth.

Recipes reprinted with permission from Cooking with Scraps by Lindsay-Jean Hard (Workman Publishing, © 2018)


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