27 Ramp Recipes to Get You Excited about Spring
These easy ramp recipes will make you want to get out in the forest foraging for ramps. Here is a collection of my recipes over the years as well as my favourite food bloggers.
Is winter over yet? Let’s face it, spring is a hot and cold lover. With sunny weather one day and then freezing rain for days.
But it’s also one of my favourite seasons as so many vegetables appear. Over the years I’ve shared my favourite ramp recipes from foraging in the forest.
I’ve foraged on private land and am lucky enough to be in a group where we are the only ones using the land so we ensure sustainability each year.
But please read the post below if you’re foraging on public land.
MUST READ: Spring Guide to Foraging Edible Plants
Ramps are like natures perfect onion, so delicate but fragrant. They only appear for a few weeks each year and then make way for summer.
27 Delicious Ramp Recipes
Ramps are an allium often called wild garlic, or more specifically wild leeks.
They can also be called spring onion, ramson, bärlauch, Ramsløg or wood leek depending on where you live in the world.
They typically grow in northern United States and also throughout southern Canada.
But you can also find them in the Europe, South Asia and other areas that have cooler spring-like weather foe one season.
If you know where to go, you can forage ramps – please be responsible! It’s best to cut the roots and leave them in the ground so it can continue to grow.
This not only helps the plant but early on I learned the hard way that most of the dirt and mud is in the roots.
For every pound of ramps you’ll bring home an extra five pounds of dirt.
A seasonal vegetable, you can also find ramps in the farmer’s market in spring. Usually cleaned for you – bonus!
But they won’t be on the seller’s table. Like a convert operation you have to ask if they have any. If they do they are always under the table.
Wild foods are often out of site, reserved for people who truly know how special this spring foraged food can be.
I wanted to share these ramp recipes in one place as they are great for beginners and don’t take much time to make.
Wild Ramp Recipes
Ramps only appear for a few weeks but I like to enjoy them year round.
Ramps are great as pickles and it ensures that if you buy/pick a bunch and aren’t able to eat them all that you aren’t wasting precious ramps.
They are amazing over pasta, can be battered and fried, or served on crostini. The flavour is so delicate as a pickle that I love them on their own.
Spring Greens Salad with Wild Garlic
A healthy salad with so many delicious flavours of spring. It starts with a bed of healthy quinoa and is topped with fresh, raw vegetables in an avocado ramp sauce.
This is a perfect ramps recipe for your farmers market haul.
Spring Greens Salad with Wild Garlic
Kimchi isn’t just for cabbage! Like regular leeks, people often wonder what to do with the greens from wild leeks – aka ramps.
An easy way to use them is to ferment them into kimchi. They are fantastic as a condiment, like on the hot dogs above or mixed with a bit of goat yogurt to make a dipping sauce.
Kimchi seems intimidating but really it’s not so hard and pretty low maintenance. It’s great way to use all of the ramps and extend the flavour.
Beer Battered Ramps
This may be one of my favourite recipes. I call it nature’s onion ring. People rave about this simple beer batter mix with the ramp kimchi mayo.
It’s so simple to make and so decadent. You can make this recipe with fresh or pickled ramps.
Sundried Tomato Swirls with Wild Garlic Pesto
I love this post because so many ramps recipes are for pesto, which is great but then people have so much pesto and they don’t know what to do with it beyond pasta.
Using an all butter puff pastry, this is an easy but delicious way to use ramps. I adore savoury pastries so this is right up my alley.
Grilled Potato Salad with Ramps
A great no-mess ramps recipe that cooks potatoes and other ingredients in a foil packet. It’s perfect for gatherings as it’s gluten free and vegan too.
The mustard and maple dressing adds a nice sweet tang to the deep onion garlic flavour of the ramps. It’s good the first time you eat it and even better the next day as leftovers.
Sea Salt and Lemon Grilled Ramps
Some of the best ramps recipes are the most simple, using just a few ingredients and letting this wild food sing.
This is a simple recipe using three ingredients: ramps, lemon juice and sea salt. It brings out all the rich flavours of ramps and is a perfect side dish.
Fiddlehead Ramp Cheese Tart
For a short period in spring you can get both fiddleheads and ramps, and it’s absolutely a perfect combination.
Fiddleheads are very common on the east coast of Canada, especially New Brunswick.
If you have ostrich ferns (Matteuccia struthiopteris) in your forest then you have fiddlehead ferns in spring.
The #1 rule: never eat them raw.
This is another fantastic ramps recipe using puff pastry. It is a simple tart with creamy gruyere and fontina cheese and these two delicate spring foods.