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Scape pesto in a small brown bowl.

Garlic Scape Pesto

  • Author: Jessie
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 1 min
  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups 1x
  • Category: Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian-American
  • Diet: Vegan


This easy garlic scape pesto is packed with flavor and perfect for summer! Use it in place of minced garlic in your favorite recipes.


  • 250 grams (about 1/2 pound) fresh garlic scapes, ends and bulbs trimmed off (you can eyeball this - it's 3-4 big handfuls of scapes!)
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ½ cup good quality olive oil (you might not need it all)




We kept this scape pesto very simple so you can use it in just about anything, but you can add extra flavors here if you like! Blend in a handful of parmesan cheese, some almonds or pistachios, or fresh herbs like basil, parsley, and dill for a more robust sauce.

Garlic scapes have a bite to them, and their flavor will vary quite a bit depending on the climate and time of year where they were grown! This pesto typically tastes like very strong raw garlic with a smidge of onion-y flavor. Like onions, scapes can also make your eyes water.

Use garlic scape pesto anywhere you would use minced garlic (when sauteeing veggies, mixing salad dressings, etc). It’s also delicious as a base to fry an egg in, or as part of a marinade for chicken or fish.

Keywords: pesto, summer, farmer's market