Bolting lettuce flowers

REMEDY:Bitter lettuce made sweet


Abundant lettuce exploded all over my garden as the spring air warmed the shivering winter earth & before long a couple decided to bolt skyward adorning their heads with a tiara of tiny lettuce flowers. The bitterness had crept into their luscious leaves & I was about to pull them out roots & all to fertilize my compost heap…when a friend shared this useful tip to remove the bitterness and make them sweet again:

Bolting lettuce remedy

1. Add 4 Tbsp of salt to a bowl

Bolting lettuce remedy

2. Add 1l water & stir to dissolve salt

Bolting lettuce

3. Pick leaves off stalk & soak for 1 hour








Serves 4


  • 2 large heads of lettuce
  • 2 large leeks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup crème fraîche or Greek yogurt
  • 1 pkt of diced bacon


  1. Cook leeks and bacon in butter over medium heat with 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, the zest, salt, and pepper, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in lettuce leaves and broth, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until lettuce is tender, 5 minutes.
  3. Whirl soup in batches in a blender until very smooth, pouring as blended into a bowl or Braun it in the pot.
  4. Return soup to pot and stir in crème fraîche or Greek yogurt. Heat, stirring, over medium heat until steaming (don’t let boil), about 2 minutes
  5. Ladle soup into bowls or cups and sprinkle more nutmeg on top for the ‘hot’ version or chill in fridge for 2 hours for a ‘chilled’ summer lettuce soup
TREND IDEA: Use as salad servers

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