What on earth is a garlic scape, and what do you do with it? This is a question asked by countless CSA members across the country. Garlic Scapes are the stalks that grow from hardneck garlic bulbs. If you let them go, they will eventually bloom into flowers when the plant is mature…or you can harvest them waaay before that and eat them…because they’re DELICIOUS! Imagine a scallion that tasted garlick-y instead of onion-y, and you have a garlic scape. My favorite way to eat them is in homemade salad dressing, but if you want a couple more ideas, take a look at my post on Kitchen Tips for Garlic Scapes.
Tangy Garlic Scape Dressing
By Holly Rodricks
Makes approximately 8 oz.
- 5 Garlic Scapes, roughly chopped into medium-sized pieces
- 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup Water
- Juice of 1 Lemon
- Salt and freshly ground Pepper to taste
- Put Garlic Scapes, Olive Oil, and Water in blender or food processor. Run until Scapes are finely blended into liquid, in tiny chunks.
- Spoon mixture into 8 or 16 oz. mason jar (or other container with tight fitting lid).
- Add remaining ingredients. Place lid on jar and shake vigorously to combine.
- Keep refrigerated. (Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before serving to allow oil to return to liquid state at room temperature.)
*Image courtesy of: http://savingdinner.com/nutrition-escapes-fresh-garlic-scapes/