Sorrel is an acidic leafy green high in vitamin C that is popping up wild and in gardens in spring. I like eating it raw while it’s still young and zingy sour. When prepared, it’s similar to cooked spinach with a hint of lemon, perfect in soups, sauces, pies and anything with eggs.
The first recipe that comes to my mind when I see sorrel is this traditional Russian “Schavelevy” soup. It’s incredibly easy to make, and it can be eaten cold in summer, although I personally prefer the hot version. For this soup, you can use vegetable or chicken stock. I use chicken to make my own broth with onion and carrots. I strain the stock, discard the veggies, reserve and chop the meat to add back into the soup later. If sorrel isn’t sour enough, I add lemon to the soup at the end for extra acidity.
Russian Sorrel Soup
- 6-8 cups vegetable stock or chicken broth
- 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 eggs
- 1 big bunch of fresh sorrel, chopped
- 1-3 lemon wedges to taste
Bring broth to a boil in a pot, add chopped potatoes, salt to taste and cook for about 10-15 minutes until fork-tender.
Beat the eggs in a bowl. Slowly pour the eggs into the soup in a thin stream while continuously stirring with a fork.
Add sorrel, lemon, and turn the heat off, cover with a lid and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
Optional: serve topped with chopped fresh herbs like dill or parsley, halved hard-boiled eggs, sour cream, and bread.