We are at the tail end of peak leek season! Here’s how to
prepare leeks properly for cooking, plus some delicious, vegan
Leeks grow close to the ground, and they are a veggie of many
layers, which means that if you don’t prep them properly, they
can be…sandy. Even the most delicious vegan leek recipes are no
good if you’re crunching on dirt. Here’s how to wash leeks
Slice them. You can chop them into rounds or
slice them down the middle, depending on how they’re prepped
for the recipe you’re making.
Submerge in water. Fill a bowl with room
temperature water, and plunge those sliced leeks in!
Agitate! Get in with your hands, and shake
and scrub those leeks to dislodge all of the soil and
Rinse. Transfer your leeks to a colander,
and rinse them well to get off any remaining
grime. Depending on how dirty they were, you may want to
drain away the water, rinse, and repeat steps 2 and 3.
Vegan Leek Recipes
Got your leeks all prepped? On to the leek recipes!
1. Creamy Split Pea Soup
– Leeks get sweeter when you saute them, and they add a
lovely flavor dimension to this hearty winter soup.
2. Braised Leeks – We
originally shared this as a Thanksgiving recipe, but it’s a
beautiful side dish to accompany any meal.
3. Roasted Root Vegetable
Salad – Leeks make this seasonal, massaged kale
salad extra special.
4. Roasted Vegetables with Tahini-Miso
Dressing – Roasted leeks are the best, and they
really take this simple veggie roast to the next level.
5. Grilled Quesadillas with Portobellos
and Leeks – If it’s warm enough to grill, I can’t
recommend these enough! If it’s not exactly grilling weather,
you can cook these on the stove. Just fry in an oiled pan on
medium-high heat for a few minutes on each side.
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