Sorrel Pineapple Smoothie

I love sorrel in smoothies. If you’re not familiar with sorrel, it’s a leafy green with a distinctly tart lemony flavor. Unlike many greens (ahem… kale…) that have flavors and textures that require many additional ingredients to make a tasty drink, sorrel shines with little encouragement and is wonderfully refreshing on a hot afternoon. (I may be sipping at one as I type.) You’ll also find that sorrel is very high in vitamins A and C, and is a good source of many B vitamins, potassium, and manganese. Please note that people who are prone to kidney stones need to be careful with sorrel as it does contain oxalic acid.

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Because sorrel is so good on it’s own, I like to keep these smoothies simple. Just a few ingredients and very little prep.

Sorrel Pineapple Smoothie IMAG0140_1

  • 1 handful-sized bunch of fresh sorrel, leaves and stems, washed
  • 1 cup of cold water
  • 1/2 of a ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 5-6 ice cubes
  • sweetener of choice, to taste

Put it all in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. I find that, with my blender at least, it works best to start with the water and then feed the leaves in a couple at a time through the lid. once they are fully liquefied add the rest of the ingredients.

Makes about a quart, so you have plenty to share… or not.