Fresh and vibrant Garlic Scape Pesto is a delicious flavour explosion that takes only minutes to prepare. If you’ve got scapes on hand, you have to try this on pasta, as a dip, on sandwiches, you name it.

What are Garlic Scapes?

Garlic scapes are thin, green and curly plants–the stem and bud, or flower that grow atop hardneck garlic bulbs. They are part of the garlic plant, and are trimmed to encourage flavour development in the bulb. Also, they’re delicious and edible!

As you might imagine, it has a garlicky flavour but it’s a little more fresh and vegetal than a garlic bulb would be. You can sauté them, fry them, blend them and more! They’re a true summer delicacy as they’re only available in the early summer months (think June-July).

You can usually find them at farmer’s markets, Asian grocery stores and at specialty produce stores. If you see them, stock up, because the season is short! You can also chop and freeze them to use throughout the year, or pickle them.

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How to Make Garlic Scape Pesto

You won’t believe how simple this garlic scape pesto recipe is. It’s a 1 step recipe and all you need to do is add your ingredients into a food processor or blender and season to taste. It’s really easy to modify, and if you don’t have scapes on hand you can use other greens or try this Pea Shoot Pesto instead.

You’ll need only 7 ingredients to make this dreamy sauce.

  • Garlic scapes
  • Pistachios
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Lemon juice
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Basil (and this is optional, if you want to leave it out to let the garlic scapes shine!)
  • Salt and pepper

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Serving Ideas

This vegan garlic scape pesto is so versatile and can be enjoyed as a spread, sauce, dip or by the spoonful. Here are some fun ways to eat.

  • Pasta. Mix in with your favourite pasta to create a super flavourful sauce.
  • Pizza. Swap out red sauce for this green, garlick-y spread instead, like this Pea Shoot Pesto Pizza!
  • Sandwiches. Hold the mayo and go pesto. My Cucumber and Tempeh Sandwich would be delightful with a generous schmear.
  • By the spoonful. Or veggie-ful. This makes an amazing dip to serve with crudité, bread or other snacky items of choice.
  • Salad. You know what to do–use this bold pesto as a dressing for your greens and veg or try this Pesto Power Salad.

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Can You Freeze Garlic Scape Pesto?

Yes! If you’re not going to enjoy your pesto within a few days time, store pesto in a freezer-safe, airtight container and pop into the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to enjoy again, let thaw in the fridge and dig in. It’s a great way to enjoy all the garlic scape flavour year round.

More Vegan Dinner Ideas

If you make this vegan Garlic Scape Pesto pasta, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

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Garlic Scape Pesto (vegan, gluten free)

  • Author: Remy
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This garlic scape pesto is a vegan pasta sauce with pistachios, nutritional yeast, lemon, basil and olive oil that’s perfect for summer.


Units Scale
  • 1012 garlic scapes
  • 1/3 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/3 cup evoo, more as needed
  • 1/2 cup basil (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, more to taste


  1. Blend together pesto ingredients in a food processor, drizzling in additional evoo as you blend, and scraping down sides in between. Season to taste.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: sauces
  • Method: blending

Keywords: pesto, dip, sauce, garlic scape pesto, vegan pesto


Filed under: Eat, Gluten Free, Sauces and Dressings

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BY Remy • July 3, 2021

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