Cedar Planked Salmon with Garlic Scape Pesto



If you love garlic, you will love garlic scapes. They are the part of the garlic that grows above ground and they have a fresh garlic flavor that is somewhat milder than the bulb. They are in abundance at many farmer’s markets right now, so consider picking up a few to make this delicious garlic scape pesto. I combined them with some fresh baby spinach to tone down the garlicky bite of the pesto. It made a delicious topping for grilled salmon.

Note: You won’t use all the pesto in this recipe. About 1 tbsp per serving is all you need for great flavor. Try tossing some with zucchini noodles or as a topping for Caprese salad.

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Cedar Planked Salmon with Garlic Scape Pesto


  • 1 cup packed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup chopped garlic scapes (about 8 to 10 scapes)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp water (optional, to thin out the pesto a bit)
  • Salmon:
  • 1 1/2 lbs skin-on salmon filets (either one long filet or several pieces)
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 cedar grilling planks, about 12 by 6 inches.


  1. For the pesto, combine spinach, garlic scapes, olive oil, Parmesan, pine nuts, lemon zest, salt and pepper in the bowl of a food processor or a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary.
  2. For the salmon, soak grilling planks in water to cover for at least one hour prior to grilling. Preheat grill to medium high.
  3. Lay salmon on planks (may need to cut to fit), skin side down. Brush with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Lay cedar planks on grill and close lid. Grill 10 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness of filet(s), until salmon is opaque and flakes easel with a fork. Let sit a few minutes before serving.
  5. Top each portion with 1 tbsp pesto and serve.

Yield: 4


Nutrition Info: Pesto Nutritional Analysis: Makes about 1 cup, serves 16 (1 tbsp per serving): Food energy: 80kcal, Saturated fatty acids: 1.17g, Total fat: 6.39g, Calories from fat: 57, Cholesterol: 1mg, Carbohydrate: 3.72g, Total dietary fiber: 0.63g, Protein: 1.54g, Sodium: 117mg Salmon Nutritional Analysis (no pesto): Food energy: 301kcal, Saturated fatty acids: 2.23g,Total fat: 12.04g, Calories from fat: 108, Cholesterol: 90mg, Carbohydrate: 0.00g, Total dietary fiber: 0.00g, Protein: 36.25g

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