How to Use Garlic Scapes & THE BEST Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

June 22, 2017
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Today on the blog, it’s all about garlic scapes!  Aren’t sure how to use garlic scapes?  I’ve got you covered!   I’m also sharing the BEST Vegan & Gluten Free Garlic Scape Pesto recipe!

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 

It’s the season for garlic scapes !   Where I live in upstate New York, late June is the only time you’ll find fresh garlic scapes.

 If you don’t grow your own garlic, you may never have heard of garlic scapes.  Long before I started growing my own garlic, I discovered garlic scapes at my local farmer’s market.  At the time, I had never heard of them and had no clue what to do with them!

 

What are Garlic Scapes?

Garlic scapes are the flower buds of the hardnecked garlic plant.   These flower buds are usually removed so the plant puts it’s energy into growing a large garlic bulb.

These edible flower buds, called garlic scapes, taste slightly milder than a clove of garlic.

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes

All parts of the garlic scape are edible although, you may want to cut off any tough parts of the stem. Sometimes if the garlic scapes aren’t harvested immediately, the flower bud can get a little large and tough too.

Garlic scapes will keep for a couple of weeks in the refrigerator, so don’t feel like you need to use them immediately.

There are endless ways to use garlic scapes and here are some of my favorites!

 

  • chopped or minced and used just as you would a garlic clove.  We love adding it to pizza with some roasted red peppers!

  •  sautéed and added to soups, veggies, or grains

  • Added to omelets or eggs

  • sautéed in a little olive oil and cooked with greens such as Swiss chard, collards, kale or spinach

  • chopped or minced and added raw to salads and salad dressings

  • toasted in a little olive oil and roasted or grilled whole

  • fermented or pickled —  I’m giving this recipe from The Spruce a try this year

  • in pesto –like the one I’m sharing today!

If my kids had their way, I’d use my garlic scapes on nothing but pesto.  This is their #1, all time favorite, “Please, Mom,  put up enough Garlic Scape Pesto to last us an entire year!” pesto !

This recipe was adapted to our plant based diet from a recipe my friend, Debbie, gave me several years ago.  I dare say she loves Garlic Scape Pesto as much as we do. Thank you, Debbie!

Here’s how I make it !

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 

How to Make THE BEST Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto

 First,  wash your garlic scapes and give them a couple of good shakes to remove any excess water or give them a spin around the salad spinner.

Cut off any tough ends and the flower bud if you prefer.  Chop the garlic scapes into smaller pieces and add to your food processor.

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 

Process your garlic scapes until they are finely chopped, then remove from the food processor and set aside.

 At this point, you could freeze the garlic scapes in freezer bags for use over the winter or to make pesto later.  I love doing this when I have more garlic scapes than I know what to do with !

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 Add 1 cup processed garlic scapes, 1/2 cup walnuts, pine nuts or pistachios,  1/4 cup nutritional yeast and 1/2 tsp sea salt to the food processor.   Process until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed.

With the food processor running, slowly add 1/2 cup of olive oil.  Process until smooth.

 How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

 

 Voila!   Your delicious Garlic Scape Pesto is ready to eat, store or freeze!   Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat or freeze in ice cube trays or glass jars for use over the winter (I use 4 oz or half pint jars.)

 

How to Use Garlic Scapes & My Favorite Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe | Healthy Recipes | Gluten Free | Vegan | My Healthy Homemade Life | Plant Based

Not sure how to use homemade pesto?   Check out this post for lots of unique ways to use pesto!

You might also enjoy these recipes for Spinach Pesto and Lemon Basil Pesto.

 

THE BEST Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto Recipe

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup processed (finely chopped) garlic scapes
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pine nuts or pistachios
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Wash your garlic scapes and give them a couple of good shakes to remove any excess water or give them a spin around the salad spinner.
  2. Cut off any tough ends and the flower bud if you prefer.  Chop the garlic scapes into smaller pieces and add to your food processor.
  3. Process your garlic scapes until they are finely chopped, then remove from the food processor and set aside.
  4.  At this point, you could freeze the garlic scapes in freezer bags for use over the winter or to make pesto later.  I love doing this when I have more garlic scapes than I know what to do with !
  5.  Add 1 cup processed garlic scapes, 1/2 cup walnuts, pine nuts or pistachios,  1/4 cup nutritional yeast and 1/2 tsp sea salt to the food processor.   Process until finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed.
  6. With the food processor running, slowly add 1/2 cup of olive oil.  Process until smooth.
  7. Voila!   Your delicious Garlic Scape Pesto is ready to eat, store or freeze!  
  8. Store in the refrigerator until ready to eat or freeze in ice cube trays or glass jars for use over the winter  (I use 4 oz or half pint jars.)
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41 Comments

  • Reply Lara June 22, 2017 at 9:51 am I love pesto! I never thought I'd be able to make it myself, but I'll have to try it now! :)
    • Reply Jen June 22, 2017 at 10:45 am I think you'll be surprised how easy it is, Lara! I hope you enjoy it! :)
  • Reply Dawn | Our Food Fix June 22, 2017 at 11:09 am I adore garlic scapes! I never thought to make them into a pesto, but love the idea. Looking forward to trying this!
    • Reply Jen June 23, 2017 at 7:38 am Awesome, Dawn! I hope you enjoy the recipe! :)
  • Reply Abbigayle Warner June 26, 2017 at 3:41 pm wow that l.ooks delicious! I must try this at home ! Abbi stealstylist.com
    • Reply Jen June 26, 2017 at 3:44 pm Thanks, Abbigayle! I'll warn you, it's addicting! :)
  • Reply Amanda June 26, 2017 at 4:12 pm Love this! Especially the freezing it in ice cubes idea! Genius!
    • Reply Jen June 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm Thanks, Amanda. Each cube is perfect for 1 serving too!
  • Reply Danielle June 28, 2017 at 4:00 pm I have never heard of garlic scrapes. I plan on going to my local farmers market tomorrow so I will see if they have them. I love pesto!
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 6:53 am I hope you find some! Garlic scape pesto is our favorite pesto! You won't regret trying it!
  • Reply Sarah | I Heart Frugal June 28, 2017 at 9:17 pm This looks and sounds so good! I especially like the idea of adding the scrapes to pizza! Once again, I learned about something new from you!!
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 6:54 am Thank you so much, Sarah! :)
  • Reply Karla June 28, 2017 at 10:17 pm I love garlic, but I did not know what a garlic scape was! The plant itslef is so pretty in your photo. I love pesto too - this is right up my alley!
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 6:55 am I hope you get to try some now that you know what it is, Karla! I think you'll love the pesto! :) It's our favorite!
  • Reply Leah June 29, 2017 at 7:14 am Yum! Pesto pasta is the one thing both my boys will snarf down. I will be on the look out for these once I plant some garlic! Thanks for the recipe.
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 9:48 am You're so welcome, Leah! Good luck with your garlic! :)
  • Reply Michelle C June 29, 2017 at 9:01 am Thank you so much for sharing. I'd never heard of garlic scapes before!
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 9:51 am You're welcome! I hope you get to try them now that you know what they are! :)
  • Reply Amber June 29, 2017 at 10:34 am Great suggestions! I love garlic scapes!
    • Reply Jen June 29, 2017 at 11:29 am Thanks, Amber! :)
  • Reply The Sun Mama June 30, 2017 at 4:43 pm Absolutely delicious !!! My kids and I LOVED your recipe!!!!
    • Reply Jen July 1, 2017 at 7:51 am Wow! What a review! Thanks so much, Sun Mama! :)
  • Reply Yolanda June 30, 2017 at 11:54 pm This sounds AMAZING! I am going to look up how to grow garlic in my area. You just amaze me with these recipes.
    • Reply Jen July 1, 2017 at 7:52 am Thanks, Yolanda! If you love garlic, it's easy to grow and well worth it!
  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho July 3, 2017 at 5:25 pm Oh My goodness! Every bit of this recipe excites me including the fact that it is dairy free.
    • Reply Jen July 3, 2017 at 5:31 pm Thanks, Elise! :) It's a good one! I hope you try it!
  • Reply Tip Tuesday 10 Married Foodie Friday - Ask Dr. Ho July 4, 2017 at 9:32 am […] Jen from My Healthy Homemade Life shared how to use garlic scrapes to make THE BEST Vegan Garlic Scape Pesto. […]
  • Reply Shelby @Fitasamamabear July 5, 2017 at 12:06 pm This is awesome! I'm a garlic fiend and hate waste- they would be perfect in homemade broth!
    • Reply Jen July 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm That is a great idea, Shelby! :)
  • Reply Jivi July 10, 2017 at 11:06 am Well I guess I am going on the hunt for garlic scapes now. That pesto looks divine!
    • Reply Jen July 10, 2017 at 11:31 am Thanks, Jivi. I promise, it's worth the hunt!
  • Reply Krystin July 10, 2017 at 4:56 pm This looks delicious, I've been wanting to try to make pesto for awhile now, thanks for the recipe! Krystin www.girlinbetsey.com
    • Reply Jen July 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm Thanks, Krystin! I hope you love it as much as we do!
  • Reply Pamela Sykes July 10, 2017 at 8:14 pm This looks so yummy! I've never even heard of these before! Now I'm going to go out hunting for some tomorrow! :)
    • Reply Jen July 10, 2017 at 9:09 pm Thanks, Pamela! They are well worth the hunt!
  • Reply Lyf&Spice July 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm This is the best read to begin my day. I love garlic + pesto anyway. Should try it out myself. Cheers!!
    • Reply Jen July 11, 2017 at 6:13 am Thank you! Cheers! :)
  • Reply Caroline July 10, 2017 at 9:15 pm This pesto sounds incredible! Will definitely be adding it to my to-do list :)
    • Reply Jen July 11, 2017 at 6:13 am Thank you, Caroline. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
  • Reply Hannah July 14, 2017 at 1:37 pm Serious yum. Thanks for the recipe!
    • Reply Jen July 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm You're very welcome, Hannah! It's one of our all time favorites!

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