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