5 Ways to Use Up a Bunch of Scallions

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Scallions (a.ka. green onions, a.k.a. spring onions) tend to languish in my fridge. I know you can keep them fresh for quite a while and even regrow them once they go limp, but still — my crisper drawer can be a dark and scary place.

The problem is really that most recipes only ask for one or two scallions at a time — what to do with the rest of the bunch? Let's collaborate. Here are my top five ways for using up those green stems, soon to be duct-taped to my fridge door. What are yours?

1. Top Off a Soup: Finely sliced scallions sprinkled over a bowl of soup add bold eye-catching color as well as a zingy brightness to balance out rich stews.

Baked Potato Soup With Bacon, Scallions & Cheddar

2. Fry Up Some Rice: Stirfried rice, a.k.a. "getting rid of all your leftovers in one fell swoop." Throw your leftover rice, leftover veggies, an egg or two, and yes, your scallions in a hot skillet and cook until crispy. Dinner is done.

How to Make Fried Rice

3. Add Scallions to Salads: I add scallions to salads whenever I want a bit of onion flavor, but I don't necessarily want the pungency of red or yellow onions. I also like the crunch it adds to grain salads and cold noodle salads.

Sweet & Crunchy Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes, Pine Nuts and Cranberries

4. Make Some Scallion Pancakes: Um, yes, please! This staple of Chinese restaurants is dangerously easy to make at home. Plus they make a great pre-dinner nibble.

How to Make Scallion Pancakes

5. Tuck Them Into Sandwiches: Tunafish salad on the menu for tomorrow's lunch? Perk it up with some scallions. Your mouth will thank you.

The Perfect Tuna Salad

What other ways do you use up your leftover scallions?

(Image credits: Emma Christensen)

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