What to do with leftover sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are a great topper for salads, breads and dips because they add texture and nutrients. Discover how you can use up leftover sunflower seeds to add texture and nutritional benefits to your dishes here.

What to do with leftover sunflower seeds

Recipes with sunflower seeds

How to use up leftover sunflower seeds

  • Crunchy tender stem
    Roast 250g tenderstem broccoli in a little oil for 15-20 minutes until crisp. For the last 5 minutes of the cooking time, toss a small handful of sunflower seeds in olive oil and salt, then add to the broccoli. Serve with white fish.
  • Sunflower seed brittle
    Toast two good handfuls of sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat until fragrant, then set aside to cool. Put 200g caster sugar into a large, spotlessly clean frying pan and gently heat, without stirring, until the sugar has melted into a caramel. Quickly stir in the sunflower seeds, then spread out on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper and cool. Break into shards and use on ice cream, or serve as a petit four.
  • Salad topper
    Heat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4. Toss a small handful of sunflower seeds in a little olive oil, a pinch of cayenne pepper and some salt. Spread on a baking sheet and roast for 5-10 minutes until golden and crisp. Toss into a salad after dressing, just before serving.

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