Have you ever tried green garlic? I had never even heard of green garlic until I started getting it in my CSA box. I love garlic and it’s appalling I was missing out on something so amazing as green garlic.
What is it? Green garlic is simply immature garlic and looks similar to a scallion or green onion with a purple tinge near the root end. It tastes like garlic but with a much milder flavor. It is usually only available in the spring and is all over the farmer’s markets at this time of year. I did see it at Whole Foods the other day when I was there as well.
I use green garlic in all sort of things at this time of year but my favorite is Green Garlic Dressing. It is simple to whip up in a food processor. I love it in a green salad or better yet a pasta salad. So good! Isn’t it a lovely light green color?
Green Garlic Dressing:
- 1-3 stems of green garlic (Depends on how strong you want the garlic flavor to be. I use 3 for pasta salad, 2 for dressing)
- 1/3 cup rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1-2 tablespoons honey (I use one to start, taste and then add more if it needs it. I usually end up closer to 2.)
- salt & pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender and process until combined. Taste and adjust sweetness and seasoning to your taste. Enjoy!
This batch of dressing went in to a fabulous Israeli couscous salad. I cooked 2 cups of couscous according to package directions. Added a chopped large tomato, 1/2 a chopped red bell pepper, and 1/3 of a bag of spinach sliced thinly, along with all of the dressing. It was a great side for dinner and main for lunch the next day!