Garlic Scape Recipes

Garlic scapes are a delightful addition to dips, salads and pastas. Here are our best recipes with garlic scapes, blended, roasted and beyond.

Staff Picks

Rudy's Garlic Scape Pesto

Rating: 4.52 stars
A fresh pesto made from the flowery stems of garlic bulbs (limited season--early June). Serve over your favorite pasta with grated cheese on top or use to make your favorite chilled pasta salad. It is also great with grilled chicken. This pesto freezes well.

Chickpea Salad Sandwiches

Rating: 4.5 stars
It's quick, easy, super nutritious and tastes absolutely fantastic. Win win win! You can make up the chickpea salad part ahead of time, and make it into a sandwich when you want it by drizzling some olive oil on the bread and spoon the mix on top. Ingredients can vary - basically whatever veggies you can find. Feel free to substitute as necessary.

Barbequed Potato and Garlic Scape Packets

Rating: 4.5 stars
A basic barbecued potato dish takes on a delicious twist thanks to garlic scapes, the flower stalks of the garlic plant. My family absolutely flipped over these potatoes so I take advantage whenever scapes are available. The garlic scapes add a wonderful garlic flavor to the potatoes without being overpowering and they almost have the consistency of young asparagus stalks. The texture of the potatoes and the scapes is interesting and makes a satisfying side dish to any early summer barbecue.

Green Squash Soup

Rating: 4 stars
A great way to use all of those CSA veggies and it's creamy and vegan. You can really use any vegetables in this and different amounts. You can't even taste the lettuce or kale.

Garlic Scape Pesto

Rating: 4.5 stars
Garlic scapes, the curled flower from the top of a garlic plant, are abundant at farmers markets and CSAs (community supported agriculture shares) in spring and make an easy, fragrant pesto that can be spread on bread or crackers, put on pasta, used with fish, and as a substitute for garlic, onion, or scallions! Add to sandwiches, pasta, lamb, and fish dishes. Tastes great mixed with mayo.

Grilled Garlic Scapes

Rating: 5 stars
I got some garlic scapes in my veg box and wondered if I could just throw them on the grill. Success! They came out yummy and made a nice side dish to burgers.

Chicken with Quinoa and Veggies

Rating: 4.62 stars
A quick recipe that can be adjusted to include whatever vegetables you have on hand. It could probably be done well with shrimp also. You could easily try different vegetables. The times and amounts are variable depending upon how thick you slice your chicken and veggies, as well as how crisp you prefer the zucchini.

Pasta with Garlic Scapes

Rating: 4.75 stars
Garlic scapes are edible and very yummy. We love to eat them fresh with pasta. This dish is ready in under 20 minutes and is super easy to make.

Chef John's Garlic Scape Pesto

Rating: 5 stars
This is one of the most interesting and delicious pesto alternatives that you will ever taste. The recipe is super simple and the hardest part might be finding the garlic scapes themselves. Use as you would traditional pesto.

Garlic Scape Hummus

Rating: 5 stars
If you can get your hands on garlic scapes during the very short season, they make a very tasty garlic substitute in hummus. If not serving right away, transfer hummus to a container, drizzle with olive oil, and close tightly with a lid and refrigerate.

Mashed Kohlrabi and Red Potato Bake

Rating: 4.58 stars
A tasty mix of red potatoes and kohlrabi.

Green Garlic Dip

Rating: 5 stars
If you are fortunate (as I am) to have a grocer who carries green garlic, you might want to try this dip which I whupped up. This goes great with artichokes.

Inspiration and Ideas

Light Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

Rating: Unrated
"For a quick meal, you can't beat the combination of shrimp, pesto, and pasta. Using garlic scapes instead of basil and garlic gives this dish a lighter note." – BigShotsMom

Green Garlic and Ham Scrambled Eggs

Rating: Unrated
"Rich and cheesy scrambled eggs, yum! The secret to tender fluffy scrambled eggs is to cook them on low heat. These went very well with potato pancakes." – Baking Nana

Guacamole with Garlic Scapes

An extra garlicky dip or spread recipe that can be easily modified to meet your needs.