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