Week 1

[Posted by Ruth]

There is a light at the end of the lettuce tunnel and it's called Lettuce Soup!

I googled "what to do with too much lettuce" and found recipes for lettuce soup.  Most of them are thickened with a potato and pureed; to be served hot or cold.  This seemed like a solution to...

The mountain of lettuce that remains in spite of our diligent salad eating this week.  I decided I would use a sweet potato and some curry paste to give it a little twist.  Try the one below or do a little on-line searching and find one you like.

Mild Curried Lettuce Soup
These are approximate measurements

8-10 cups stock (I made chicken stock from the leftover Stone Gardens chicken carcass this week)
1 or 2 sweet potatoes
5 scallions - chopped
2-3 T mild curry paste (or more, to taste)
20 cups loosly packed lettuce -roughly chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Flavored oil (hazelnut, pistachio or even just olive oil)
Lime juice and lime zest
Plain yogurt or sour cream
Salted cashews

Initially salt stock to taste and bring to simmer w/ cut up peeled potatoes and curry paste.  Simmer until potaotes are soft.  Add in the lettuce and scallions - you will have to push it down a bit before it reduces.

(It WILL all fit)
Simmer for about 10-15 minutes - until the lettuce is well softened but hasn't quite lost all it color.  Puree with an immersion blender or in batches in a blender or food processor.  Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.  Garnish as desired.  With more time than I have on a week night, I can see adding roasted garlic, etc. or a different blend of spices.  The soup has a lovely, fresh taste, very light. 

What did I serve it with?  A salad of course.  My husband is a patient man. 


  1. LOVE IT! Sometimes we have the same problem with having too much lettuce from our garden too... so we end up giving it away to our family and friends. Good idea on googling "what to do to with too much lettuce" haha! I never would've thought of making lettuce soup - so interesting! By the way, thank you for linking us in your 'Blogs we Love' section. We're going to link you as well so that we visit often!

    Krissy @ The Food Addicts

  2. Thanks, Krissy! Your blog is terrific. We all need all the inspiration we can get! - Ruth

  3. Lettuce soup!!! I'd never heard of it but what a fabulous idea. Don't tell anyone, but I really prefer cooked greens over raw. I've even sauteed radicchio. (A little bitter...use chicken broth and white wine to mellow it out.)