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6 Ways To Use Sprouts - Colorful Plates
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6 Ways To Use Sprouts

Just like the vegetables they sprout from, sprouts are more versatile than meets the eye. Along with timeless techniques like adding them to sandwiches or salads, sprouts can be used for soups, side dishes, and so much more. Read below to find a new favorite!

Toss Them Into A Salad

If you want to see the versatility of sprouts firsthand, dip your toe into the vast world of sprout salads. Although you can add sprouts to any old salad, we like to bring things up a notch by frying our sprouts beforehand and pairing them with kale and oregano and dressing with a classy vinaigrette!

Make Some Vietnamese Crepes

Seeking something unique and familiar all at once? Try making Vietnamese crepes! Also known as banh xeo, this dish takes a fried shell and fills it with toppings like bean sprouts, scallions, and shrimp. Herbs can be a great partner here too; try working with some of our favorites like mint, cilantro, and Thai basil!

Pump Up A Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sprouts and sandwiches are a match made in heaven. Besides looking beautiful on the plate, sprouts bring a much needed crunch to softer sandwiches like chicken salad. In terms of varieties, we’d recommend sticking with the ever popular alfalfa sprouts; their mild flavor doesn’t outshine other parts of the plate.


With the recent resurgence of ramen, it was only a matter of time before someone came to challenge the throne and pho is here to lay its claim. Mung bean sprouts can bring a crisp bite and approachable flavor to classic pork pho, plus they pair well with other pho favorites like cilantro and scallions. 

  • Pro Tip: Learn more about other varieties here!

Boost Your Breakfast

If you’re looking to boost up everyday breakfast items, sprouts can do the trick. While you can use different types, we love adding spicy mustard sprouts to breakfast classics like scrambled eggs or breakfast hash.

Serve Solo

Even though sprouts are typically a sidekick to a greater dish, there’s no rule saying that they can’t be the star. Perhaps the best example of this comes from the Korean dish Kongamul Muchim. Though the dish varies from region to region, it’s typically prepared by boiling soybean sprouts and tossing them in a mixture of sesame oil, seasonings, garlic, and green onions. Pair with Korean BBQ or serve as a succulent side!

  • Pro Tip: Add Korean red pepper flakes for a spicy twist.