Loving my little herb garden this summer and all the herbs at the market.  As we all know, once the herbs are cut they don’t stay fresh for long.  So, one way of preserving their herb goodness, at least for 4-5 days, I make this very simple “Garden Herb Topping.”  This herb mixture with elevate the flavor of just about everything…well, maybe not cereal, but you shouldn’t be eating cereal anyway. :-)

I used garlic scapes in  this recipe which you can still find at my Franklin Farmer’s Market and in particular at the Beaverdam Creek Farm booth (our summer CSA) and Rocky Glade Farm.  Garlic scapes are the young tender tops of the garlic plant with just a lovely perfume of the garlic in flavor.  Now, if garlic scapes are no more then just use a few little cloves of garlic and it will still be great.  And, add in whatever herbs you like…experiment!

Watch the video down below to see exactly how to make this divine little mixture and print off the recipe and give it a try.  I hope this “Garden Herb Topping” becomes a favorite in your household as it has in ours!


Garden Herb Topping
This herb spread is simply delicious and will elevate the flavor of anything from soup to fish to crostini! Easy to make and bursting with flavor!
  • 1 bunch garlic scapes or 2 cloves of garlic, peeled & ends removed
  • 2 cups fresh parsley
  • 1½ cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil, more to thin...your preference
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt & more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon chili pepper flakes (optional)
  • fresh ground pepper
  • ¼ cup toasted walnuts
  • ¼-1/2 teaspoon brown rice vinegar (optional)
  1. In a food processor add the washed and coarsely chopped garlic scapes or the two cloves of garlic. Pulse until medium chopped. Add in all the rest of the ingredients and pulse until mixture is pureed. Taste and add more of whatever you like to make your palette dance!