Garlic Scape Pesto

Garlic Scape Pesto | Hold the Lemon

When my friend Erin gave me and my husband garlic scapes, I admit, I didn’t know what to expect!  But despite not using them before, they weren’t intimidating at all. Garlic scapes are the stalk of the garlic plant, and they have a prominent but not overpowering garlic flavor.

Garlic Scape Pesto


Garlic Scape Pesto | Hold the Lemon

Makes 3/4 cup pesto


  • 10 garlic scapes (about 2 oz/g60 grams)
  • 1/3 cup almonds (about 1.75 oz, 45 grams, or 40 almonds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil


  1. Blend the garlic scapes in a food processor.
  2. Add the almonds, salt, and pepper, and blend.
  3. Add 1/3 cup olive oil gradually.


One tablespoon

Calories 83 cal
Fat 7.9 g
Carbs .9 g
Protein .9 g
Fiber .8 g
Sugar .2 g
Sodium 96.9 mg
Protein .9 g

I use online calculators for nutrition information, so these are an estimation to the best of my ability. Comment if you’d like this recipe broken down into its full micronutrient information.

Final Thoughts

The pesto was more inexpensive by using the almonds, and it gave it a great taste, but I’m curious how to using traditional pine nuts would affect it.  There is a very distinct garlicy taste to this, so expect it!  I’ve used it on chicken, but I’m curious to use it on zucchini pasta!


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