Tel Aviv: Green Leaf Soup

By: Kabc  <||>  Now that Winter is (finally) coming to an end, I’m committed to cleanse my body and get ready for Spring. After months of heavy eating and comfort food, its a relief to have a fresh, light, and lemony soup made with homemade broth that is packed with leafy greens and vitamins. Looking for an inspirational detox dish that will jump-start your body’s spring cleaning? You’ve come to the right place. This soup is simple, quick and easy.

Here in Israel, its difficult to come across a large selection of leafy greens. I can always find baby spinach and swiss chard, but I still can’t find kale, or collard greens anywhere (not even at the farmer’s market). For that reason I added broccolini to the soup, because it is actually a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale. If these leafy greens are more accessible to you, I would definitely add regular spinach instead of baby, and add 1/2 a bunch of collard greens. Along with the greens I added a turkey drumstick, leeks, garlic, cubed celery root, lemon juice and garnished with sliced scallions and toasted pine nuts.

What You’ll Need:

2 TBS. Olive Oil

2  Leeks (chopped)

4 Garlic Cloves (thinly sliced)

2 Celery Root bulbs (cubed)

8 C. Filtered Water

1 Turkey Drumstick

2 bunches of Broccolini

4 C. Spinach (baby or regular)

1 bunch of Swiss Chard

1 TBS. fresh Lemon Juice

2 TBS. Pine Nuts (toasted)

Scallions (to taste)

S&P (to taste)


Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add leeks, season with S&P. Cook for about 5 minutes. Add garlic and then cubed celery root. After about 2 minutes add filtered water and turkey drumstick. Bring to a bowl, reduce to simmer and allow broth to cook between 30-45 minutes. Remove drumstick (remove meat from bone, and chop into pieces, and add to individual soup bowls, or save for a different purpose.) Add broccolini and cook for 10 minutes. Add greens, and lemon juice and cook for another 5 minutes. Divide among bowls, season with freshly ground S&P, sliced scallions and toasted pine nuts.

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