Not sure what to do with carrot tops? I have a few tips for how to wash, prepare and store them along with a list of 12 recipes featuring carrot tops! These earthy greens are a worth saving!

We’ve got some fun recipes below that use carrot tops. But before we dive right into recipes, there are a few key things to keep in mind.

One, you gotta wash carrot tops. Their little tiny leaves can hold onto a lot or dirt and sand.

Photograph of bright green carrot top pesto in a speckled bowl

And secondly, it’s best to remove the greens right when you bring them home from the store. Washing and storing them properly will greatly lengthen their life span (and you can avoid the dreaded slimy greens we all hate finding in the back of the fridge).

Finally, as I always say, taste your ingredients! If you’re unsure of how to use something, give it a taste in its raw state (don’t do this meat).

By tasting it raw you will have a better understanding of the ingredient, its flavor and what kind of cooking method might be best for it.

Photograph of carrot tops, cilantro, garlic, cheese, spices, pepitas and a lime prepped and arranged on a baking sheet

How to Wash Carrot Tops 

First thing’s first, you gotta wash carrot tops. They can have quite a bit of sand and dirt in their leaves so give them a GOOD soak and spin dry.

First, trim the stems and leaves from the carrots, leaving about 2-inches of stem intact. Then soak the carrot greens in a large bowl, or even better, a salad spinner (this salad spinner is my all-time fav).

Soak, shimmy and drain a few times until all of the dirt and sand are washed away. Then spin the greens dry in the salad spinner or use a large kitchen towel to wrap them up in.

If using a towel, give the bundle a few taps against the counter to shake off excess water.

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.

If you’re in the market, these reusable zipper-lock bags are my favorite. They’re high-quality, nontoxic and a great way to cut back on single use plastic waste in the kitchen. 

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What 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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  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).

  2. Thanks for all the ideas! I always feel terrible throwing carrot tops away, just never ate them before so I don’t know quite what to do with them.. I’ve heard they are a good green to throw in soups and stews.