Not sure what to do with carrot tops? I have a few tips for how to prepare them along with a list of 12 recipe featuring carrot tops! 

Photograph of carrot tops, cilantro, garlic, cheese, spices, pepitas and a lime prepped and arranged on a baking sheetHow to wash carrot tops: 

It’s essential to thoroughly wash carrot tops as they can have quite a bit of sand and dirt in their leaves. 

First trim the stems and leaves from the carrots, leaving about 2-inches of stem intact. Then wash the carrot greens like you would wash salad greens by rinsing and spinning them dry in a salad spinner (this salad spinner is my all-time fav).

How to store carrot tops:

The best way to store carrot tops (after washing and thoroughly drying) is to wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel and place them in a resealable zipper-lock bag. I’ve been loving my reusable zipper-lock bags, not only are they high-quality, but they’re 100% nontoxic and are a great way to cut back on plastic waste in the kitchen. 

Photograph of whole carrots with greens arranged on a marble tableWhat do carrot tops taste like?

Carrot tops (aka carrot greens) have an earthy “root vegetable” flavor, similar to beet greens or Swiss chard. Their flavor is somewhat of a hybrid between parsley and carrots—they are delicious! 

What to do with carrot tops?

I like to treat carrot greens both as an herb and as a salad green in my cooking. Before cooking with them, run your hand down the stem and release the leaves and small tender stems, discard the tough stems. 

Here are a few ideas of how to use carrot tops in your cooking, then check out the carrot top recipes below!

Photograph of carrot cocktails with carrot tops as garnish set on a white wood table.

Carrot Top Recipes

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine,,, and more.

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  1. Nice ideas!

    I recently experimented and came up with a sauce that I mix with carrot greens. Amazingly, my husband liked it. I probably should I have just looked up some of these mature recipes first though. Will definitely try the burgers at some point (I think I saw them linked in another list somewhere as well).