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Green Soup with Ginger

gluten free ginger leek collard green soup

When the cold weather comes I’m in the mood for soup.  This gluten free Green Soup with Ginger that I found on Heidi’s website 101cookbooks.com is quite comforting on a chilly day.  And I must confess, I often eat it for breakfast to start my day out right.

I’ve probably mangled the work of art that Heidi had on her site, however, I was in the mood for something very soothing so I decided to puree this soup.  I also used collards (my friend Patrick had just brought some over from Rachel’s farm) instead of the green chard that Heidi had used and made a few other changes as well.

All in all I was more than happy with how the soup turned out.  The combination of lemon, ginger and greens can’t be beat taste or nutrition-wise.

Green Soup with Ginger


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 2 large leeks, white and green parts, sliced
  • 1 bunch collards
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced (plus more to taste)
  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Heat oil in a large pot and cook onion over low heat with salt until soft and golden, about 20 minutes
  2. Add leeks to pot and cook for 10 minutes until soft, then add collards and ginger, sautéing for 5 more minutes
  3. Add chicken stock, then cook for 10 minutes
  4. Remove soup from heat and puree in vitamix) in batches until creamy and smooth
  5. Pour back into pot, heat and add lemon juice
  6. Serve

Serves 6

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Enjoy the soup and stay warm!

posted on October 26, 2009, 20 comments

  1. You have a special talent for recipes featuring greens. Wonderful! And, I love the Polish pottery bowl too! =)

  2. Hannah's Harvest @ hannahsharvest.com

    You say mangled, I say perfect! My daughter wants all her soups pureed!

  3. Yummm, this looks amazing =D. I love the colour of your soup & all of the flavours (and health benefits) sound lovely!

  4. I love love love soup! We’ve had it for dinner 2 nights in a row now, and I still want more :-) Looks lovely.

  5. Stacie K

    Oh yum! I will chase the chill away with this soup come Wed when Colorado will be 20 degrees outside.

  6. Joelle

    We had Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup last night. I think I will make this Green Soup tomorrow night. We have been doing a lot lately with ginger and lemon. Fighting off colds and flus. They work wonders so this will fit in nicely. I will be having surgery on a cheek bone, and I think soup will be much easier to make and eat! Does anyone have any gluten/dairy free suggestion to eat with it (for everyone else of course.)

  7. Very soothing, indeed! Perfect for this time of year.

  8. christie, honoring health @ honormyhealth.com

    Soup looks great, Elana. I might try making something like this with kale, my all time favorite green!

  9. annette

    Hi Elana,

    I love the sound of the recipe for Green Soup, however can you or someone else recommend something other than Ginger as I’m actually allergic to it?

    Thanks for a great website!


  10. Kimi @ The Nourishing Gourmet @ thenourishinggourmet.com

    Yummy! I just got some collard green too. This just may be our dinner. :-)

  11. Sandy Gillett @ Aunt-Sandy.blogspot.com

    I’m wondering if this could be made with spinach with the same fabulous result. I would eat this for breakfast too. The more veggies and less grains (even gf) I eat the better. Thank you Elana for your site it has helped me so much!

  12. Sandy Gillett @ Aunt-Sandy.blogspot.com

    I must confess I have never in my lifetime tasted Collard Greens or Leeks. I made this this afternoon and it is delicious! I’m having my second bowl full as an after dinner snack right now. I used my immersion blender and it pureed beautifully in the large soup pot.

  13. Rich Ann

    Did you mean for ginger to be in both step 2 and 3? Just checking… Thanks!

  14. Amy

    I am so glad I found this site! I have to eat more veggies, but I am not a fan of cooked veggies, and I get tired of salads day in and day out. You’re recipes make eating vegetables a pleasure. The soup is yummy and hearty! I also don’t care for cooking, but this recipe was super easy.

    Thanks for sharing your knowlege.

  15. Christy Church

    I made this for the second time today and added the shredded meat from 4 boiled chicken thighs. It was even more delicious and hearty! Thanks for the amazing recipe. :)

  16. Amy

    I put leftover Cod Piccata (your recipe) in this soup. Yummy

  17. Emma

    What is a ‘quart’ in cups or litres? (I’m Australian ;) )
    This soup looks delicious!!

  18. Elizabeth

    I was wondering if you could post the nutrition facts for the green soup with ginger? Calories, Carbs, Protein, Sugar, Sodium. Thank you.

  19. Sarah

    This would be an excellent crock pot recipe!! I don’t have chicken stock, but I can make the soup and chicken stock at the same time and not have to purée a thing! I’ll try, hopefully it works out.

  20. Rebecca Frimmer @ frimmerfamilyfarms.com

    This recipe was more delish than I expected and much like a green juice only hot, and i DID have it for breakfast as you suggested!

    I had CSA leftover greens so I did a mix of collards, arugula (not baby arugula, the full grown spicy stuff) and some beet greens, and the flavor was great. I love that ginger spice!

    Thank you for giving me something simple and easily digest-able to do with all of my cooking greens.

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