Escape from rigid culinary boundaries with this intriguing garlic scape recipe. Is it a salad dressing? A marinade? Or a sauce? You decide. I’ve tried it in all of its multi-faceted guises, and I have found it goes great with just about any cooking endeavor. It’s versatile, like its root source: the awesome garlic bulb and garlic scapes are rich in antioxidants.
What is a garlic scape you ask? It’s the skyward reaching flowering top of a garlic plant, and, here in the Pacific Northwest, it’s just coming into season for those of us who planted our garlic bulbs last fall. Once these beauties begin to lengthen and curl, it’s garlic scape clipping and cooking time, and it’s a “tip” that planted garlic is just about ready to harvest.
If you can’t find garlic scapes at your local grocer or farmer’s market, garlic cloves can substitute for this recipe, but try your hand at growing garlic yourself. It’s easy and fun, and there are soooo many varieties to try and savor. A favorite organic Pacific Northwest grower is linked here for those who are unable to find local sources for a wide range of garlic planting selections. Good gardening to you, and enjoy great garlic scapes next year!
2-3 garlic scapes, cut into small pieces* (adjust, depending on your garlic lovin’ level)
1/4 cup cilantro leaves, packed
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves, packed
1/4 cup basil leaves, packed
2 tbsp champagne vinegar
2 tsp orange juice
1/4 tsp maple syrup
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed food processor with an S blade. Whirl away for about 20 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the food processor and process again for another 30 seconds or so until smooth.
Use this as you wish! I love lavishing this garlic scape goodness over roasted potatoes, tempeh, grilled veggies, as a pizza base (like a pesto), or to top a green salad (as a dressing). Enjoy!
*Be sure to trim each end of the garlic scape before using (do not include the fibrous, stringy tip from the flower end of the scape and the bottom of the stem).
*If you have trouble locating garlic scapes, 3-4 cloves of garlic will do as a substitute.
*You can always add a bit more maple syrup to taste as you wish.