Meatless Monday: Garlic Scapes and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

I love this time of year. Wandering around – there is so much more color to be found at the vegetable market. While wandering HMart, I was excited to see bundles of garlic scapes. In the past, I have chopped them up and added them to stir fries, sauteed veggies, and salads. I decided to make a pesto out of it this time. I thought that it would go well with some sun dried tomatoes I had that needed to be used up. This pesto comes together fast with the help of a food processor.


Garlic Scapes and Sun Dried Tomato Pesto

1 small bunch of garlic scapes (about 6 or 7)
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes
1/2 cup parsley or basil
juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
3/4 olive oil
kosher salt
ground pepper

Cut up the scapes in to manageable pieces and place in the bowl of your food processor.


Add in the sun dried tomatoes, basil, lemon juice and pine nuts.


Pulse a few times.

Add in the parmesan cheese.

With the food processor at a low-medium speed, pour in the olive oil.

Taste a bit.


Add in some salt and pepper to taste.


For dinner tonight, I served the pesto with some white beans and broccoli over pasta. Delightful dinner.


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  1. That sounds like an amazing dinner! I’ve never cooked with garlic scapes, but they look like scallions. Can you use them the same way?

  2. In some applications, it would work similar to scallions. It’s a different texture though, and a bolder taste. I have used it in salads just like scallions. And certainly in stir fries.

  3. I’ve never used garlic scapes before. This looks like the perfect way to start. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Ok I cook A TON and I’ve never even heard of garlic scapes! Is this a regional thing? I am in Florida and between you and Allaya I am getting quite an education!

  5. Julia, scapes are part of the garlic plant. Wherever garlic grows – one would find the scapes. Can you find fresh garlic at your farmers markets?

  6. Sounds like a winner to me! Love the sun dried tomatoes. It reminds me of a Sicilian pesto made with fresh tomatoes and almonds. 🙂

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