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!
How 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.
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!
- Add carrot tops to both green salads and grain salads
- Make a carrot top pesto
- Make a carrot top chimichurri sauce
- Add them to your favorite hummus recipe
- Use them as an herb in your favorite herby salad like a spring panzanella or an herbed green salad
- Use carrot tops as a garnish for cocktails (this carrot margarita is gorgeous with a carrot top garnish!)
- Use them in smoothies!
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