Garlic scape pesto

While basil and pesto often seem to be synonymous, pesto actually only means pounded — which means possibilities for pesto are endless.

A garlic scape pesto has the added benefit of staying bright green for longer, unlike a basil pesto. Use to flavor pasta or in anything where you would use a basil pesto (though keep in mind, these two taste different). Try adding yogurt or sour scream to this for a dip. Pro-tip: this is a great recipe for sneaking in kale or other nutrient-rich leafy greens with the added bonus of bulking up your quantity.


This is an original recipe by Vanessa Oliver, MS., R.D., L.D.

1 cup garlic scapes
¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
½ cup basil leaves
Juice of one lemon


  1. Place the garlic scapes in a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
  2. Add the sunflower seeds and pulse for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the Parmesan cheese and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
  4. Add the basil and lemon juice, and process until reaching the desired consistency.
  5. Add salt to taste and serve immediately.

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