Spring Onions + Spring Onion Recipes
Whether you’ve gotten a bundle of spring onions in your CSA box or have noticed them at your local market, this is one ingredient you don’t want to miss this spring and summer! Find out what spring onions are and get spring onion recipe ideas all right here.
Occasionally I like to do ingredient spotlights here on the blog. It’s a great way to get to know a seasonal ingredient better! Spring onions are in season now, and you may have already noticed them in the markets. They look a lot like green onions or scallions, but they are different.
Spring onions are most often found in farmers’ markets, but I can usually find them at Whole Foods too. They may be a little more difficult to find in other mainstream grocery stores. Spring onions add wonderful fresh flavor to salads and sandwiches when sliced and eaten raw, and delicious sweet, savory, and mild flavor when cooked. I love adding them to the grill at BBQs, roasting for a side dish, or adding to risotto, pasta, and pizza. Let’s look at what exactly spring onions are and some of the best recipes that use them. Plus a current lunch favorite: hummus toasts with charred spring onions!
What is the Difference Between Spring Onions, Green Onions, and Scallions?
So, what exactly is a spring onion? Spring onions are just baby onions. Yes, the “normal” onion bulbs you buy from the grocer store dried without tops. If you’ve never seen onions growing in a garden or freshly picked and piled up at a farmers market, you may not really think of them as having tall green leaves, but they do! Onions are bulbs that grow underground, while their green parts grow aboveground. Spring onions have a wonderfully mild, sweet, and savory flavor, and both the bulbs and the tops can be used. The skin around the bulbs can be either purple, as mine here are, or white.
I bought a bunch of spring onions and green onions at Whole Foods to show you the difference in the image above. Spring onions are larger, and have larger bulbs, than the green onions or scallions you may be more familiar with. Scallions are actually a different variety and their bulbs stay straight and narrow. Both are sold in bunches and do look similar. Since there’s more to love/cook, spring onions are fantastic charred on a grill, roasted, or pan fried. The flavor reminds of a combination between onions, pearl onions, and leeks.
How to Cook Spring Onions
Spring onions are a delicious way to add flavor to many, many dishes. They can be sliced and eaten raw and crunchy, or cooked. I love the raw sliced rounds on salads and in sandwiches. Cut off any of the little hair-like roots at the bottom of the bulb. Cut the spring onions in half lengthwise, and brush with olive oil. Cook on the grill, roast in the oven or char in pan.
Tired of avocado toast? Try charred spring onion toast! This was such a delicious snack! Fresh sliced French bread slathered with hummus and topped with pan seared spring onions.
Spring Onion Recipes
You can come up with your own unique spring onion recipes by adding them raw or cooked to your favorite recipes! Here are over 15 vegetarian spring onion recipes to get you started.
Grilled Asparagus and Spring Onions with Lemon Dressing from Bon Appetit
Spring Panzanella Salad on Savory Simple
My Favorite Green Salad on This Healthy Table
Espresso Braised Spring Onions on With Food and Love
Charred Spring Onion, Ricotta, and Baby Artichoke Pizza on Cooking Light
Rhubarb, Chrvre, and Caramelized Spring Onion Grilled Cheese on Adventures in Cooking
Creamed Chard and Spring Onions on Smitten Kitchen
Butter-Braised Spring Onions with Lots of Chives on Epicurious
Deep Fried Spring Onions on New York Times
Spring Onion Soup from Veg Recipes of India
Chicken and spring onion stir-fry (I would sub tofu) from Taste.com.au
Potato and Spring Onion Soup from Saveur
Spring Onion Pie from MyRecipes
Fried Spring Onions with Calabrian Chile Aoili from Tasting Table
Savoury Crepes (vegan) from Vegan Lovli
Vegan Crispy Duck Lettuce Wraps from Rhian’s Recipes
Spring Onion Toasts
Crusty sourdough or French bread toasts with hummus and charred spring onions are a delicious lunch or snack.
- 1 spring onion, halved lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- sea salt to taste
- 2 slices fresh crusty French or sourdough bread, lightly toasted
- 2 tablespoons favorite hummus
- fresh basil, other herbs, or arugula
Trim the top 2-3″ off the spring onion greens. Cut off any of the little hair-like roots at the bottom of the bulb. Cut the spring onion in half again crosswise. Coat a cast iron skillet with cooking spray or olive oil and place over medium heat. Place the onions cut-side-down on the hot skillet and sprinkle with sea salt. Sear until browned, about 2 minutes. Flip over and continue to cook until tender, another minute or two.
Spread hummus over the toast and place spring onions on top. Garnish with fresh herbs or arugula.