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Spring Onions

Spring Onions Spring onions are often thought to be immature white onions, but they're actually a separate variety.

Depending on the type, they can have a strong flavour and are commonly used in salads and stir fries.

Although called "spring" onions, they are in season from April to October.

In Season?
April through to the end of October.
Buy?
Choose spring onions that are firm.

Avoid any that look shriveled or have slimey outer leaves.
Store?
Keep them in the fridge for 3-5 days.

If growing them at home, it's better not to pick them until you need them.
Cook?
Trim off the hairy roots and the top of the green leaves. If you want, you can remove the outer leaves, particularly if they're beyong their best. Wash before use.

Then slice and add raw to salads or use in stir fries.


Quick Ideas
Chop and add to boiled potatoes with mayonnaise for potato salad.

Or...

Add to cooked noodles and soy sauce for a quick lunch snack.

Or...

Stir fry with a little sesame oil and whatever seasonal vegetables you've got in stock.

More Spring Onions Information

Spring onions are sometimes known as salad onions or scallions.

They have a more gently flavour than mature white onions, but can still cause wind...

They were cultivated as long ago as 300BC, by the Ancient Greeks.

Stunningly Simple Tomato Salad
A simple tomato salad, making the most of in-season tomatoes. The great thing about this recipe is that it's easy to grow the tomatoes, spring onions and basil yourself - even if you don't have a garden. They'll all do well in pots, if they have to.

This salad is quick to make and will even improve in flavour if you make it a couple of hours ahead, as the dressing marinades the tomatoes.
Ingredients

Serves 4 as a starter or side dish

  • 500g (1/2 lb) fresh tomatoes - the more flavour the better.
  • 5 spring onions
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Approx 20 basil leaves (fresh)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Method
  1. Skin the tomatoes, if you're fussed & they're large and tough-skinned, rather than cherry-sized


  2. Slice them and arrange them on the serving dish


  3. Finely chop the spring onions and arrange over the tomatoes


  4. Drizzle the oil and vinegar over the tomatoes and spring onions


  5. Top with torn basil leaves.


  6. Add salt & pepper, if you wish.

Cupboard-To-Table

5 minutes.

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Stunningly Simple Tomato Salad

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This salad is quick to make and will even improve in flavour if you make it a couple of hours ahead, as the dressing marinades the tomatoes.

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Got one? Send us your recipe!

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