Ever wonder what to do with leafy greens carrot tops? Make a carrot top gremolata (that you can serve on sautéed, roasted or grilled carrots). Where can you get carrots that still have their tops? In Ottawa, at the Lansdowne Farmers Market.


  • Leafy green carrot tops – 1 bunch (stems removed)
  • Lemon – zest and juice from 1 lemon
  • Garlic – 2 cloves crushed
  • Basil (fresh) – a generous handful
  • Olive oil – a few tablespoons
  • Walnuts – Chopped
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper


  • In a food processor or blender with a blade attachment, add carrot tops, basil and garlic. Chop until fine.
  • Add chopped walnuts and pulse
  • Add olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice.

Serve with sautéed, roasted or grilled carrots.

Graham Beaton is a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in downtown Ottawa at Ottawa Collaborative Care Centre.