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Experimenting: Market Fresh Garlic and Greens Spread

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Garlic and greens spread on tomatoes

Garlic and greens spread on market fresh tomato slices.

I don’t think I’d ever had a high quality pesto before I stopped eating cheese. I don’t really know what pesto tastes like, so I don’t make pesto.  However, I love fresh green spreads and dips, and I love experimenting with them to find delicious additions to pasta, soup, and bread.

This week, at the Ballard Farmers’ Market, I picked up carrots and beets that had beautiful leafy green tops, and I’ve already turned the tops into a delicious green garlic spread. It’s not very pretty, even on these fresh tomato slices, but it is absolutely delicious. Serve it on crackers, on bread, on soup, on pasta,

This recipe is still in my experimental file, so feel free to experiment along with me!

Carrot tops and beet tops

Market Fresh Garlic and Greens Spread

Float a spoonful of this spread on your soup, serve it with crackers and veggies as a dip, slather it on bread and toast it, or smother your pasta in it.
Course Spread
Cuisine Vegan
Keyword beet tops, carrot tops
Prep Time 15 minutes
Soak Time 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8


  • 5 carrot tops
  • 3 beet tops
  • 1 bulb garlic not one clove - the whole bulb
  • 1/2 to 1 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons dry basil
  • 3 Tablespoons dry oregano
  • 3/4 cup boiling water


  1. Soak the carrot tops and beet tops in a bowl of cold water for 30 minutes or more, then lay out on a towel until dry
  2. Combine the dry basil and oregano in a small heat-proof bowl and add the boiling water.  Stir well to ensure the dry herbs can soak up the hot water.
  3. Peel the garlic.
  4. Place garlic, carrot tops, and beet tops in the food processor.  Pulse to start breaking things down.
  5. Add oil, salt, and soaked herbs (with soaking water)
  6. Process until smooth

Recipe Notes


  • Kettle, stove, or microwave to boil water
  • Food processor

The dried herbs are experimental.  I suggest using 1/2 cup each chopped fresh basil and oregano instead. 

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