Spring is officially here and the market is rife with fresh lettuces and other spring greens. But man and woman cannot live by salad alone.  Thankfully, there are plenty of other interesting things you can do with lettuce!

Lettuce Soup

from Epicurious

11.2 anna belle lettuceIngredients:

  • 1 cup chopped onions, scallions, and/or shallots
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 cup diced (1/3 inch) peeled potato
  • 8 cups coarsely chopped lettuce leaves including ribs (3/4 lb)
  • 3 cups water

Directions:

  1. Cook onion mixture and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add coriander, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Stir in potato, lettuce, and water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until potato is very tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Purée soup in batches in a blender (use caution when blending hot liquids) and transfer to a 2- to 3-quart saucepan. Bring soup to a simmer, then whisk in remaining tablespoon butter and salt and pepper to taste.

With the spring temperatures in Indiana fluctuating all over the place, hot soup sounds pretty good right now! Tomorrow may be sunny and warm and you’ll want to break out the grill or even dine al fresco. Here are more lettuce recipes for every kind of weather!

Grilled Lettuces

Popiah – Fresh Spring Rolls

Vegan Lettuce Wraps with Soy Garlic Chili Sauce

PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Cups

Peas and Lettuce

Tropical Romaine Lettuce Green Smoothie

Skirt Steak BLT with Basil Mayo