The entire carrot, greens and all, makes a flavorful snack served with cucumber coins or celery. Rich in an array of nutrients and healthy fats, this bite will keep you going until your next meal.
Tip: Just beet it
Use raw beets and their greens in place of carrots for an earthy magenta alternative.
Carrot Top Pesto
2 cups carrot tops or fresh dill, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw pine nuts, more for serving
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
Carrot Tahini Hummus
1 garlic clove, peeled
4 carrots, roughly chopped
1/2 cup raw tahini
3 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp water, plus more as needed
2 Tbsp white miso paste
1 tsp ground cumin
1 cup cooked chickpeas
For pesto, in food processor, pulse carrot tops until finely minced. Add pine nuts and pulse to incorporate. Add remaining pesto ingredients and blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides once or twice, until mostly smooth.
For hummus, in food processor, pulse garlic until minced. Add carrots and pulse until minced.
Add tahini, lemon juice, water, miso and cumin. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add chickpeas, blend until smooth, scrape down sides and blend again, adding more water to thin as needed.
Spoon hummus into serving bowl, top with pesto and a sprinkling of pine nuts (toasted, if desired). Serve.