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Garlic Scape Dressing – Vinaigrette

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This garlic scape dressing or vinaigrette is the perfect addition to your salads and a great quick marinade for beef, chicken or pork.

Cruet filled with garlic scape vinaigrette.Pin

This incredibly easy vinaigrette is a simple way to utilize your garlic in June. A fresh addition to lots of different dishes.

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We’ve planted garlic for many years. It is a fun and rewarding exercise. For more information about growing garlic, see our recipe for Garlic scape butter. It will walk you through the process.

What are garlic scapes?

Garlic scapes are the future flower of the garlic plant along with the flowers’ stem (botanically known as the peduncle). They are curly and kind of crazy looking.

This future flower needs to be cut off of the plant so that the plant will concentrate it’s energy on growing a large bulb. If it isn’t removed, the bulb will be considerably smaller.

They have a mild garlic flavor and are great in so many recipes. See our post How to Store Garlic Scapes which will not only help you with preserving them but give you lots of fun recipes to try with garlic scapes.

Where to find garlic scapes

If you don’t grow your own garlic, you can find the scapes at farmer’s market, farm stands and at specialty Asian markets in the late spring or early summer, depending on your climate..

Fresh garlic scapes in bamboo basket.Pin

Ingredients you need

  • garlic scapes
  • dijon mustard – I use honey dijon.
  • honey – use fresh local honey. It is great for curbing seasonal allergies. You can substitute maple syrup to make this vegan friendly.
  • white wine vinegar- or substitute red wine vinegar or white vinegar
  • water
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil – extra virgin olive oil or substitute any mild flavored oil instead of the EVOO.
Ingredients for dressing. See details in recipe below.Pin

How to make garlic scape dressing

  1. Wash scapes. Rough chop. Place them in your blender container with vinegar, salt and water.
  2. Process until the scapes are very pulverized. This can take a few minutes.
  3. Add honey and mustard. Blend until combined.
  4. Add pepper. Blend until smooth.
  5. Drizzle in olive oil slowly until the dressing is emulsified.

Store dressing in the refrigerator. Let it stand out for for a few minutes to come to remove temperature before using. Shake contents vigorously before serving.

Step by step photographs of the process for making garlic scape dressing. See details in recipe below.Pin

Pro tips

  • Make sure the garlic scapes are really pulverized or your dressing will be chunky.
  • Use a mild flavored oil so that you don’t overwhelm the flavor of the garlic.
  • Pour oil in slowly so that it has a chance to emulsify.
  • Best if made a few hours ahead of using it so the flavors have a chance to combine.
  • You can use a little more vinegar or a little less oil depending on how your family likes salad dressing.

How to use garlic scape vinaigrette

  • Use it as a marinade for chicken, beef or pork chops to tenderize the meat and give it a delicious garlicky flavor.
  • Use it on green lettuce salads or on dinner salads with your favorite proteins.
  • Add dressing to potato salad.
  • Add it to macaroni salad.
  • Replace the apple cider vinegar in coleslaw for an extra garlic zing.
  • Use them in stir-fries in place of minced garlic
  • Serve it with grilled or roasted vegetables such as; green beans, asparagus, green onions or broccoli.
  • Make a green goddess dressing by adding different herbs such as; fresh parsley, tarragon, oregano and dill. Add buttermilk, sour cream, mayonnaise or yogurt
Garlic scape dressing in a cruet.Pin

Other fresh dressings

More ideas for garlic scapes

Tools I use

Vinaigrette in a pint canning jar with fresh garlic scapes around it.Pin

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Garlic Scape Dressing – Vinaigrette

This garlic scape dressing or vinaigrette is the perfect addition to your salads and a great quick marinade for beef, chicken or pork.
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 24 tablespoons
Calories: 67kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $2

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Wash and dry scapes. Chop into rough pieces. Place in food processor or blender bowl.
    2 garlic scapes
  • Add vinegar, water and salt. Process until scapes are pulverized and very small.
    ¼ cup white wine vinegar, ¼ cup water, 1 teaspoon salt
  • Add mustard, honey and pepper.
    3 teaspoon Dijon mustard, 3 teaspoon honey, ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • Process until smooth.
  • Drizzle in oil slowly. Until the dressing emulsifies. Start with 3/4 cup oil and adjust according to your tastes.
    3/4 cup oil
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Notes

You can use regular dijon mustard but we find the honey dijon has a great flavor.
Choose a mild flavored oil. Vegetable, grapeseed, light olive oil, sunflower, etc.
We like white wine vinegar but you can substitute champagne vinegar, white vinegar or red wine vinegar instead.
Dressing will last 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator.

PRO TIPS

  • Make sure the garlic scapes are really pulverized or your dressing will be chunky.
  • Use a mild flavored oil so that you don’t overwhelm the flavor of the garlic.
  • Pour oil in slowly so that it has a chance to emulsify.
  • Best if made a few hours ahead of using it so the flavors have a chance to combine.
  • You can use a little more vinegar or a little less oil depending on how your family likes salad dressing.
 

HOW TO USE GARLIC SCAPE VINAIGRETTE

  • Use it as a marinade for chicken, beef or pork chops to tenderize the meat and give it a delicious garlicky flavor.
  • Use it on green salads or on dinner salads with your favorite proteins.
  • Add dressing to potato salad.
  • Add it to macaroni salad.
  • Replace the apple cider vinegar in coleslaw for an extra garlic zing.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg
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Originally published June 16 2021. Content updated January 17, 2022

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10 Comments

  1. I made the dressing this morning! So delicious! In the fridge chilling. I’m grilling a steak and bread for a panzanella for all the wonderful fathers in my life. 💕

  2. 5 stars
    I made this today and it is delicious! Used half olive oil & half sunflower oil. Used 4 scapes. Wonderful!

  3. Wow!! So glad I found this recipe!! So delicious💕 I used light olive oil and everything else as mentioned. Very light and tasty.

    1. You can find them in some of the better grocery stores, at farmer’s markets or at select farm stands in your area.

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