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Scallions: The Best Thing to Buy, The Best Ways to Eat It—Now!

Sarah McColl
Editor in Chief
March 19, 2014

We keep our eyes peeled for the freshest, most in-season vegetables and the best deals on store shelves. And we do it for you, in the name of making everyday eating unicorn-sighting-exciting. (At least, we try.) Here’s what to buy, and the very best ways to eat it—now! 

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Scallions are one of the first winks from a slowly waking world. Despite being omnipresent in the supermarket for 99 cents or less, scallions really come into their own in March. And, with their sweet, mild subtlety, they would like to be celebrated in more ways than a cursory garnish. So whether roasted, braised, or kept crisp in salad, here’s ways to serve those slender stalks right now.

Celery and Scallion Salad with Cheese Toast

Photo: Food52

Celery, radishes and scallions: three unsung supermarket stalwarts, tossed together in harmony. We can’t think of a more glamorously low-key way to eat dinner for one, some early spring evening.

Scallion-Peanut Relish

Photo: Epicurious 

Treat this sweet, cilantro-spiked mix like a condiment: serve it with lettuce wraps, braised chicken or atop seared tofu.

Molly Stevens’s Sweet Braised Scallions

Photo: Food52

From the beloved (and James Beard Foundation-nominated) Genius Recipes comes this kelp-like dish. Squeeze with lemon (and double the batch; you’ll want leftovers for an omelet).

Teriyaki Chicken with Roasted Scallions

Photo: Everyday Food

Kid-friendly teriyaki meets a grown-up onion slaw, wherein roasting tempers any harshness.

Tostadas with Grilled Scallions

Photo: Everyday Food

Grill scallions outside, on a grill pan, or under the broiler, then snip them over veggie tostadas. On the other hand, we’re not above eating the things plain and whole, perhaps alongside a steak.

Lemon Blinis with Caviar and Scallion Creme Fraiche

Photo: Epicurious

You were looking for an excuse to eat caviar some night soon, weren’t you? Pour a glass of bubbly and toast to crocuses.

Scallion Fish with Sesame Kale

Photo: Bon Appetit

This recipe has a near-perfect rating from Bon Appetit users. No steamer basket? Improvise with a plate set atop a ramekin.

Scallion Pancakes

Photo: Food52

If you make one thing on this list, let it be this. (Also file under: Give Your Delivery Guy a Run For His Money.)

Savory Oatmeal with Soft-Cooked Egg

Photo: Everyday Food

Not everyone likes treacly, marshmallow-filled breakfasts. Let this savory oatmeal being a jumping-off point; try it with quinoa, millet or rice, add a glug of sesame oil, rice vinegar, and hot sauce.

Bacon and Scallion Farrotto

Photo: Bon Appetit

(Farrotto = risotto made with farro) x (bacon + scallions) = you’re onto something good.