Oh, garlic scape, how I love thee.

Garlic scapes, for me, are the beginning of summer. They are one of the first things to make an appearance in my local CSA basket.

Long, curly and the most beautiful shade of green, garlic scapes are simply the stalks of the garlic plant. As the stalks of garlic mature, they straighten out, creating a solid support for the more pungent bulb of garlic. But when the stalks are picked while still tender and young, the mild garlic flavor in the stalk is ideal in many dishes.


I’ve never seen scapes in the grocery store. Im fact, I only ever see them at the farmers market and only during the summer months. Except for the occasional pesto recipe, I don’t see them used that often. Do yourselves a favor and if you see them around, pick a bundle up and take them home. You won’t be disappointed. They’re delicious in a vegetable saute, soups, and I adore them in scrambled eggs.


Last week, I catered a small dinner for the Backcountry.com at my local CSA, Copper Moose Farm. It was a beautiful evening and while the guests took a tour of the farm and picked produce for their dinner, they noshed on some fabulous farm fresh appetizers.

This ultra simple white bean and garlic scape dip was the highlight for me. It is meaty, savory, creamy and the perfect bite with home made tortilla chips.


The day after the event, I used some of the leftover cherry tomatoes and made myself a platter of crostini with the tortilla chips and dip.

Simple yet divine.

The dip couldn’t be more simple. Literally all you do is through everything in the food processor and 2 minutes later you’re done.


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14 Responses to White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip

  1. I’ve seen garlic scapes online but never at the market. I’ll have to look for it. It sounds fabulous.

  2. Lady Jennie says:

    So that’s what that’s called? One of the Bosnian guys that works on the house (who is now part of the family since it’s been two years) is from the country and he told me to take a head of garlic and plant each clove a centimeter deep so I can have my own garlic scapes. He said garlic grows really well in winter so I’m going to try that in one of our garden boxes.

  3. Kalyn says:

    How could this not be good! I love garlic scapes too. Wish they were around longer.

  4. Bev Weidner says:

    Seriously, I die. I love garlic scape. I love saying the word SCAPE.

    I’m SO making this.

  5. Garlic scapes are so beautiful I think! The dip sounds tasty.

  6. Maria says:

    Love this dip! I need to use garlic scapes more often. Thanks for the reminder:)

  7. Jeanette says:

    I got a bunch of garlic scapes in my CSA Box earlier this summer and made lots of pesto, but would love to try this white bean dip. I do have some garlic scape pesto in my freezer, so I am going to pull some out and try this.

  8. Deborah says:

    I have never had garlic scapes before. I had never even heard of them until I started blogging. But this looks so simple and delicious – I need to search for some!!

  9. Buy Fresh Buy Local Greater Des Moines says:

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