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Carrot Top Pesto Recipe

gluten free carrot pesto

Believe it or not, my very favorite pesto is carrot top pesto. There’s some stiff competition from Kale Pesto and Garlic Scape Pesto and of course, regular basil pesto. Perhaps it’s such a treat because it’s quite a rarity.

dearYes, deer, it’s your fault! I’ve seen you do it, no lying and blaming it on the rabbit. Fess up!

We’ve had a crazy overpopulation of deer this year and have rabbits, chipmunks and squirrels to boot. Did you know squirrels eat kale? Seriously. Like it’s a corn on the cob, too, they don’t eat the spiny stuff. Mr. Dude was highly entertained when I discovered this, pitched a fit and tried to scare off the squirrel by throwing stuff at him. Missed by a mile. Oh well.

Back to the carrot top pesto.

My carrots bolted. No, I didn’t know they could bolt, either, but apparently they do! So I wanted them to go to good use before they were chowed on by the deer. I know this is just the loosest of recipes, but it’s delicious, and you can’t go wrong.

Carrot Top Pesto Recipe


2 cups of carrot tops (loosely packed)
1 clove of garlic
pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup olive oil


Blend together and enjoy. Use however you enjoy pesto–with quinoa or pasta, on fish, on veggies, on bread, by the spoon…

And, as a special bonus, I’ve loved crows since I was a little kid, and I decided (as kids do) that 3 crows together meant good luck. We don’t get anywhere near as many crows in VA as we did in NY, but these babies were strutting their stuff for me this afternoon. I assume they were wishing me luck in my teaching gig which starts this weekend.


I’m submitting this to the Diet Dessert and Dogs Wellness Weekend.

Author Information: Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD, Alexandria, VA, USA.

Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist.  Her passion is teaching people to live and love a gluten-free diet in the Northern Virginia area. For more, or follow on Twitter @cherylharrisrd

About Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD

Cheryl Harris, MPH, RD, LD, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist. Her passion is teaching people to live and love a gluten-free diet in the Northern Virginia area. For more, see or follow on Twitter @cherylharrisrd

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