Japanese Carrot Leaves Salad with Sesame Dressing


Carrot Leaves are Edible

In Finland, carrots are sometimes sold with their leaves still attached. I’ve often heard of using the leaves as sprinkles on white rice. But since I don’t eat much white rice, I didn’t buy them. However, I thought I could use it as a normal leaf vegetable, so I bought some.
The carrot leaves have a flavor similar to parsley. I thought they could be also a good substitute for crown daisy because of their slightly bitter taste. I tried them with sesame paste first, and it was a great decision.

If you want to eat the leaves as well, it would be better to check the hardness when buying them at the store. The stems of the well-grown leaves were quite hard and inedible. The ones with soft stems and dark green color were delicious.

Japanese Carrot Leaves Salad with Sesame Dressing

Carrot leaves have a taste similar to parsley or crown daisy. Because they have a slightly bitter taste, they go well with sweet flavored sesame paste.
Prep Time0 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Servings2 people
  • carrot leaves 50 g
If the brown sugar does not dissolve completely, leave it for a while after adding the carrot leaves and mix again.
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