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Garlic Scape Pesto

Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: vegan
Keyword: garlic scapes, pesto
Servings: 8 people


  • 12 garlic scapes
  • 1 cup arugula packed
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • water as needed, to achieve desired consistency


  • Chop off ends of garlic scapes and the bulbs on the opposite ends.  Discard.  Chop remaining scapes into 1 inch chunks.  
  • Place in food processor.
  • Add arugula, hemp hearts, olive oil, salt and pepper to food processor. Pulse until well processed, adding water as needed/desired. 
  • Enjoy on pasta, potatoes, or even as a sandwich spread!


In this recipe I used hemp seeds.  They are my go to when a recipe would normally call for nuts.  I have also tried blanched almonds which taste great!  And salted macadamia nuts are a decadent choice—increase the amount to 1/2 cup of salted roasted macadamia nuts and be sure to reduce the salt overall if you use them.