White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip

This summer my mom and sister joined a local organic CSA and are now on their second week of pick-ups (it was slow-going for the entire region at the beginning of the season due to the crazy weather we had during planting season). One of the things that have been in the loot each week are garlic scapes. While I have seen them used here and there on some other blogs, I had never gotten my hands on them, so when I saw them I definitely wanted to experiment with them. In the newsletter that the farm sends out to its CSA participants each week, they highlighted the garlic scapes and recommended making a white bean dip with them. Sounded like a fantastic idea to me! This is essentially a hummus made with cannellini beans instead of garbanzo beans and garlic scapes in place of the garlic. Delicious!

So what exactly are garlic scapes? As the garlic bulb begins to grow below ground, these green shoots poke through the surface and grow upward. If left attached to the garlic, the scapes will inhibit the growth of the garlic, so to keep the garlic chugging along they are snipped off.

I have just started experimenting with them, but have heard of other bloggers that have even made pesto from garlic scapes! There are lots of possibilities for these little gems, and I can’t wait to keep trying new recipes with them.

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White Bean and Garlic Scape Hummus

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


1/3 cup sliced garlic scapes
1 tablespoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon sea salt
Ground black pepper (to taste)
1 can (15-ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
¼ cup olive oil


1. In the bowl of a food processor, process the garlic scapes, lemon juice, sea salt and black pepper until finely chopped, scraping the sides as needed.

2. Add the beans and process to a rough puree (the beans will be just about completely mashed).

3. With the machine running, slowly pour in the olive oil and process until smooth. Check the consistency; if it is still thick and paste-like, you can add 2 or 3 tablespoons of water to thin it out a bit. Taste, and add more salt and pepper, if desired. Serve with your favorite vegetables, pita chips, etc.


39 Responses to “White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip”

  1. Katrina on July 6, 2011 at 1:48 am

    This dip looks perfect. The garlic scrape sounds amazing!


  2. Katie @ NYCitified on July 6, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Every summer I’m tempted to join a CSA, but I know that we would never be able to actually use up the full bounty of deliciousness. Plus, I’m kind of scared of weird ingredients like garlic scapes. Maybe I’ll be able to get over my fears by next year!


  3. lynne on July 6, 2011 at 2:24 am

    I’ve never heard of CSA or garlic scrape, but this dish sounds amazing!


  4. The Café Sucré Farine on July 6, 2011 at 6:55 am

    This looks fabulous – garlic scapes are new to me but I bet this would be delicious with crudites or fresh bread! Thanks for a new idea! Chris


  5. Penny Wolf on July 6, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I love your timing as I also have some scapes and did make the pesto. It is good!
    I gave been using them in eveything that benefits from garlic. I just chop it up and throw it in. This bean dip looks like a winner.


  6. This looks delicious! We’ve been getting a lot of garlic scapes in our CSA so far this year. I am definitely going to try this!


  7. Heather @ Join Us, Pull up a Chair on July 6, 2011 at 7:52 am

    That looks so tasty! This year is the first year I joined a CSA and received garlic scapes. I made pesto with mine and it’s so delicious. I love it spread on toasted french bread.


  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) on July 6, 2011 at 7:53 am

    i was OBSESSED with garlic scapes last year…i don’t know why i haven’t had any yet this summer!


  9. Jul on July 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I live in Florida and my CSA is already done for the season 🙁 It is just getting too darn hot!

    How was the taste of this dip compared to hummus? I haven’t found any scape’s in my parts yet!

    One of the other blogs I read made a garlic scape wrapped chicken- I thought that looked fantastic too!



  10. Ann on July 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Sound delicious! Our local farm stand had fresh pink-eyed peas (not black eyed peas, but similar) so I made a garlicky hummus from that. I found, while I’m not a fan of store bought hummus…I LOVE the homemade stuff!


  11. Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking on July 6, 2011 at 8:33 am

    I have never heard of these little gems! I am definitely going to have to find some now because I REALLY want to make your dip, and the possibilities with those babies,…Yikes!


  12. Emily Malloy @Cleanliness on July 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Thanks so much, again, for the Weekend Dish Love! This dip looks heavenly! I can almost smell it from here!!


  13. Alli on July 6, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I love experimenting with new veggies that come in my basket. I have yet to get scapes … now I am hoping I do!


  14. Anne on July 6, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    We also got garlic scapes from our CSA and made this! It’s very good! Ours had a VERY strong garlic flavor.


  15. Kelly on July 6, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    This looks fantastic and the photo is amazing! 🙂


  16. Megan on July 6, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve gotten a ton of garlic scapes from my CSA too. Glad to have another use for them!


  17. Nancy on July 6, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    This is a great idea! So far I have used the garlic scapes in both a cilantro/feta pesto and a traditional pesto, in addition to tossing them in with veggies on the grill. Next up will certainly be this hummus!


  18. Monica on July 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    If I cannot find garlic scapes for love or money, can I just use garlic? How many cloves would you recommend? We love hummus at my house and I’m eager to make it a healthier choice by making it myself and really love the idea of using the cannellini beans.


    • Becca on July 6th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      I’d also love to know if I can sub reg garlic.


    • Michelle on July 6th, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Yes, you can definitely use regular garlic. I would substitute two cloves of garlic for the garlic scapes.


  19. Mariko on July 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    I’ve seen garlic scapes once. I will take more notice next time as I absolutely love bean dips. I need a bite of something right now after looking at this. 🙂


  20. Deb on July 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Oh wow!!! That dip looks like it needs to be eaten RIGHT NOW!! Wow! Anyway, I wanted to mention a new salt I’m trying “HimalaSalt pink salt” from Sustainable Sourcing (here’s their website: https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com ). It’s organic and non-GMO AND Gluten-Free, too!! AND they have organic peppercorns, too. What a difference the salt makes…mmm-good! Thanks for posting this excellent recipe. Must. Make. Some. Now!


  21. Olivia on July 6, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    The first thing I thought of when I saw that you were using garlic scapes was that they make wonderful pesto.

    It’s delish in pastas and with chicken!


  22. Cookin' Canuck on July 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    What a pretty dip, Michelle! Garlic scapes have such a fantastic flavor and I’m sure they taste great with the white beans.


  23. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 6, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    So easy yet SO mouth-watering!


  24. Erin @ Lemon Sugar on July 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Oh my. Must. Have. Some. Now.

    That looks amazing.


  25. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on July 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

    I am obsessed with garlic scapes this year!! In fact, I just posted a recipe for pizza (inspired by one of yours!) that used my garlic scape pesto. I will definitely have to make this dip. I still have some scapes left from our CSA box this week. 🙂


  26. Skylar on July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    I make something just like this with a bit of sage in it. It’s so good, and adding scapes would just make it better. Thanks!


  27. Jenny Flake on July 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Wow, I could go for for some of this right now!


  28. Tracy on July 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Sounds delicious! And thanks for explaining what garlic scapes are. I had never heard of them until this year!


  29. Heidi on July 9, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    This looks great! Just got a bunch of scapes in my CSA share today – the last ones of the season for us. I have made pesto with them and that is delicious – very garlicky but delicious. I also just add them to stir fry too or to anything I would add green onions to – you’ll get a mild garlic flavor instead of a mild onion flavor.


  30. Lori @ RecipeGirl on July 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve got to try some of those garlic scapes. Have never seen them before! Dip looks great!


  31. Carrie on July 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I am making this for the second time in two days, so good!


  32. Ksenia on July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Perfect! I just got a whole bag of garlic scapes in my Spud delivery. I’m definitely making this tonight. Thanks!


  33. Ksenia on July 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I totally made these last night. I didn’t fully read the recipe (haha…) so I just threw everything into the blender, blended for a while, and then added a bit of olive oil. Turned out awesome! I couldn’t find cannellini beans, so I just used white kidney beans. The texture was excellent. I haven’t made bean based dips before – I’m gonna start doing it much more often! Thanks a bunch.


  34. Bonnie on June 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    Could I make this a day before a party or should it be done last minute ?


    • Michelle on June 23rd, 2015 at 9:09 pm

      Hi Bonnie, I think you could make this a day in advance without an issue.


  35. Lauren on July 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Why don’t you credit the NY Times for this recipe?


    • Michelle on July 16th, 2015 at 9:46 pm

      Lauren – As the blog post states, the recipe came from the CSA newsletter. They did not cite a source.


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