Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto
Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto is a delicious combination of ingredients, without the too-garlicky flavor that garlic scape pesto can sometimes have!
Back in 2006 I discovered garlic scapes and made some Garlic Scape Pesto. I liked the garlic scape pesto, but garlic scapes are such a strongly-flavored ingredient that this year when my friend Margarethe gave me some garlic scapes that she’d gotten in her CSA box, I thought it would be fun to try mixing them in pesto with something else.
I first thought of kale, but when I went out into the garden the chard was calling out to me, and I thought this Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto was just a brilliant combination. I like it on pasta, but I’ve also been mixing a few tablespoons into scrambled eggs when they’re nearly cooked. If you don’t have garlic scapes, I’d still try chard pesto made with minced garlic, which I think would also be a nice blend of flavors.
If you’re not familiar with garlic scapes, the first photo shows what they look like. I used a cup of chopped garlic scapes. I wanted them cut into short lengths before I put them in the food processor. It took 2-3 minutes in the food processor before I felt the scapes were chopped enough to start adding other things. The chard was from my garden, so I gave it a good wash in the salad spinner.
I processed the scapes/chard about 2 minutes more. Then I added the lemon juice, pine nuts, and olive oil and processed about 2 minutes more. Last I added the Parmesan cheese and processed about another minute. I froze the pesto in a mini muffin tin, and then when it was frozen I transferred the cubes to a Ziploc bag. (Label the bag before you put in the pesto cubes; I’ll remember that next time!)
Have fun thinking of interesting ways to use your Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto! And check out my Salute to Swiss Chard for more Swiss Chard ideas!
More Recipes for Garlic Scapes:
7 Things to do with Garlic Scapes ~ Serious Eats
Pickled Garlic Scapes ~ Foodie with Family
Pickled Cukes and Garlic Scapes ~ Healthy Green Kitchen
Scrambled Eggs with Oyster Mushrooms and Garlic Scapes ~ Barefeet in the Kitchen
Brie and Garlic Scape Pizza ~ Love and Olive Oil
Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto
Chard and Garlic Scape Pesto is not too-garlicky, but has a delicious combination of ingredients.
- 1 cup chopped garlic scapes
(If you don’t have garlic scapes I’d use about 3-4 T minced garlic)
- 4 cups chopped swiss chard leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 cups Parmesan cheese
- salt to taste (I used about 2 tsp. salt)
- Wash and dry garlic scapes; then cut into short lengths until you have one cup of chopped scapes.
- Wash, dry, and chop swiss chard until you have 4 cups chopped chard.
- Add garlic scapes to the food processor and process until they are starting to look finely chopped, about 2-3 minutes. (It took longer than I thought it would.)
- Add chard and process the mixture about 2 minutes more, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the lemon juice, olive oil, and pine nuts and process about 2 minutes more.
- Add Parmesan and process 1-2 minutes more, or until the pesto reaches the texture you prefer.
- I like to keep it slightly chunky.
- I froze the pesto in a mini muffin tin and then popped out the cubes and stored them in a Ziploc bag in the freezer. You can also freeze pesto in ice cube trays or small plastic containers with a snap-tight lid. This pesto is good on pasta, stirred into rice, on cooked vegetables, or stirred into scrambled eggs. You could also use it as a green sauce on grilled fish or chicken.
To make this recipe you will need a food processor. There are many good brands, but I love my Cuisinart Food Processor. (affiliate link)
Recipe created by Kalyn.
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Suggestions:
Pesto is a calorie-dense and high-fat food due to the cheese, but it’s not something you’d eat in large amounts and I would eat this for any type of low-carb or low-glycemic diet or any phase of the South Beach. Try it over grilled veggies, grilled chicken, or grilled fish for a low-carb meal.
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