B is one of those people who doesn’t like cilantro. He doesn’t mind it in moderation (as in 1-2 sprigs in a salad or guacamole), but that’s it. So when we received a few bunches of cilantro in our Fresh Fork summer share, I knew I’d have to make something pretty amazing that would help us use the cilantro fast. And then when I only ended up using half our garlic scapes in a stir fry one night the idea came to me – cilantro garlic scape pesto.
Looking online, I was surprised to find quite a few pesto recipes featuring cilantro, garlic scapes, and other CSA-friendly ingredients. I chose/created this one because these were the ingredients I had on hand. It’d certainly be delicious with another type of nut and an added sprinkle (or two) of parmesan!
Cilantro Garlic Scape Pesto
Here’s what you need:
- 10 garlic scapes
- 1 bunch cilantro (roughly about 1 cup)
- 1/4 cup chopped or slivered almonds
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil
Here’s what you do:
- Cut up garlic scapes into 1-2 inch pieces. Add sliced scapes and cilantro to blender. Mix well.
- Add in slivered almonds, continue to blend until a thick paste forms.
- Add in olive oil, one tablespoonful at a time and continue to blend until paste becomes somewhat creamy. Add in extra salt, scapes, cilantro or oil to taste, as necessary.
- Enjoy! Makes about 1/3 cup pesto- perfect on top of some pasta, zoodles, or even chicken (for a non-meatless dish).
Some questions for you:
- Do you have a CSA? What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve gotten?
- What’s your favorite pesto recipe use? I love the basic pesto with pignoli nuts and basil.
- Are you a cilantro fan? Yes I am! Love it on chicken, salsa, seafood (especially raw seafood – hello ceviche!), and more.