Watercress and Leek Soup

I’ve been shopping more often at farmers’ markets this year and trying to buy as much organic and local food as possible. I found a beautiful bunch of leeks at my local farmers market and was able to get it for free along with a bag of onions I paid $2 for. There are tons of creamy leek recipes online, but I wanted to make something healthier. I found this leek soup recipe on the blog RealFoodForager.com. I like that the recipe was simple — and I made it even more simple by leaving out the celeriac root since I couldn’t find one at my local Whole Foods or the farmer’s market.

This soup took about 30 minutes to make — between washing the veggies with Honest Fruit & Veggie wash, chopping, sauteing, boiling, cooling, and pureeing. Honest Fruit & Veggie Wash, by the way, is amazing. Spray this on your fruits or veggies before washing, leave it on for 1-2 minutes, then rinse. You’ll notice that produce looks brighter — you can especially see this with persimmons, plums, and large leaves, or other vibrantly color produce. They must be covered in wax or chemicals or something, because once you wash off the Honest Wash, any dingyness or faded color is gone!

Back to the soup–this watercress soup is a great starter before a meal, or good with a sandwich as part of a healthy lunch.

Here’s my recipe:

watercress soup

Watercress Soup

Serves 4

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 3 leeks, cleaned and chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 bunch fresh watercress
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth

1. First trim, wash and chop leeks. Here’s a great video how-to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8glwRaS8OM

2. Melt coconut oil in large soup pot. Add the onion and leeks, stir to caramelize slightly, cooking for about 4-5 minutes over medium heat.

3. Add all of the chicken broth and the cleaned watercress (you can eat the stems!).

4. Stir and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

5. Once the watercress is wilted and the soup has cooked for a bit, turn the burner off and let it cool.

6. When the soup is only slightly warm, pour it into a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, and blend of 20 seconds. You can also use an immersion blender.