Roasted Carrots and Cherry Tomatoes with Carrot-Top Pesto Dressing

Recipe courtesy of Vegetarian Times

The carrot-top pesto will yield more than you need, so keep the leftovers to toss with pasta, stir into mashed potatoes, or add to a minestrone soup.

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Servings 4


  • 1  clove  garlic 
  • 2  packed cups  carrot top  leaves and tender stems
  • 1/2   packed cup  cilantro or parsley 
  • 1/3 +  cup  toasted walnuts  coarsely chopped, divided
  • 1/2   cup  parmesan cheese  coarsely grated
  • 1 1/2   tsp  white balsamic vinegar  divided
  • 1/3 +  cup  olive oil  divided
  • 1  lb  carrots  trimmed and cut lengthwise into sticks
  • 12  ounces  cherry tomatoes  halved
  • 1  medium  onion  cut into wedges


To make Pesto:

1. Mince garlic in food processor. Add carrot tops, cilantro, and 1/3 cup toasted walnuts; process until finely chopped. Add Parmesan, and process to combine. Season with salt and pepper, if desired, and pulse in 1 tsp. vinegar. Gradually pour in 1/3 cup oil through tube with motor running; process until incorporated. (Pesto will be thick.)

2. Transfer half of Pesto to small bowl; reserve other half for another use. Whisk remaining 1 Tbs. oil, remaining 1/2 tsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbs. very hot water into Pesto in bowl to achieve dressing consistency; set aside.

To make Roasted Vegetables:

1.Preheat oven to 450°F. Combine carrots, tomatoes, onion, and oil in large bowl, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to baking sheets. Roast 30 to 35 minutes, or until carrots are browned and tender and tomatoes are shriveled and dark around edges.

2. Use thin spatula to loosen vegetables from baking sheets without breaking them up, and transfer to platter. Dollop Pesto over Roasted Vegetables, top with remaining 1 Tbs. chopped walnuts, and garnish with carrot top sprigs

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