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10 Ramp Recipes to Make Your Cooking Scream Spring

Make the most of these ultra-seasonal wild vegetables

By SAVEUR Editors


Published on May 7, 2020

Ramps, the wild leeks native to the forests of eastern North America, are one of the first edible plants to break through the soil in the early spring. Prized for their mild, garlicky flavor, they also have a relatively short season. As such, they’ve been bestowed food-world celebrity status (as far as produce is concerned) and can be challenging to source, whether you’re foraging ramps yourself or picking them up at the farmers’ market.

Along with asparagus, ramps are the hallmark of spring cooking. After weathering winter with hearty root vegetable recipes and warming soup recipes, you’ll be relieved to rotate your produce for new seasonal ingredients. We’re obsessed with ramps cooked, simply, in oil, but they also go so well with eggs. The little guys are incredibly versatile in sauces and salads, but when you need something a little more substantial, look no further than ramp pizza. Preserve your ramps as pickles so you can reach for the allium year round. From escabeche to beurre blanc, here are the very best dishes to get your ramp fix this spring.

Ramp Escabeche

Garlicky grilled ramps soak up the vinegary tang of the escabeche sauce, and because of the light pickling, can keep in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to two months. Get the recipe for Ramp Escabeche »

Pizza with Ramps, Morels, and Eggs

This pizza, which pairs mellow, earthy morels, with oniony ramps, sharp Parmesan cheese, and just-set eggs. Get the recipe for Pizza with Ramps, Morels, and Eggs »

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Ramp and Wild Greens Pesto

Fermentation revivalist Sandor Katz makes this punchy pesto to capture the essence of spring. Chickweed, a spicy herb, is his green of choice to pair with ramps, to which he adds mild herbs and sunflower seeds, but you can replace chickweed with watercress, arugula, or any other peppery green. The same goes for the ramps—this pesto works just as well with spring onions or garlic. It will keep in the fridge for a few weeks, and Katz uses it throughout the day: on grits or eggs for breakfast, slathered on sandwiches for lunch, and tossed with potatoes or pasta for dinner. Get the recipe for Ramp and Wild Greens Pesto »

Ramp Jam

Chef Hugh Acheson gave us the recipe for this simple, savory jam, featured in his cookbook The Broad Fork. It's perfect for serving with shaved pork loin or steak and eggs, or simply spooned on toast. Get the recipe for Ramp Jam »

Pickled Ramps

Pickling is a great way to preserve ramps, the wild spring onions that overflow at the market for a few weeks each spring. Their garlicky flavor combined with a vinegar kick adds a bright punch to all sorts of dishes. Get the recipe for Pickled Ramps »

White Cheddar Grits with Grilled Ramps

Bright, oniony ramps add a touch of springtime to a comforting southern staple. Get the recipe for White Cheddar Grits with Grilled Ramps »

Bacon and Ramp Vinaigrette

Grilled ramps and bacon add a smoky flavor to this bright, oniony vinaigrette that's wonderful drizzled over salads, swirled into soups, or spooned atop grilled meats. Get the recipe for Bacon and Ramp Vinaigrette »

Salmon with Green Olive and Ramp Beurre Blanc

Classic beurre blanc enhanced with ramps and chopped Cerignola olives makes a creamy, velvety sauce for grilled salmon. Get the recipe for Salmon with Green Olive and Ramp Beurre Blanc »

Grilled Zucchini with Ramp Aioli

The combination of grilled squash and a cool, creamy aioli flavored with ramps is springtime at its best. Get the recipe for Grilled Zucchini with Ramp Aioli »

Ramp and Mushroom Tart

This beautifully layered mushroom and cheese tart is brightened with lemon zest and peppery ramps.Get the recipe for Ramp and Mushroom Tart »

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