Backyard Soup

This soup can easily be made with foraged greens—many of which you might find growing in your own yard like dead nettles, lamb's quarter, or plantain leaf. This version uses baby spinach and watercress for people without a yard.

green soup with flower petals on top on wooden table
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for garnish

  • 6 cups leafy greens, such as baby spinach and watercress

  • 1 1/2 cups violet greens (about 1 ounce)

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup vegan heavy cream

  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chives

  • edible flowers, for garnish


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add leafy greens and violet greens; cook and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add broth and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Remove from heat.

  2. Blend mixture in a high-powered blender or with an immersion blender until smooth, about 30 seconds. Add vegan cream and chives. Blend until smooth, about 5 seconds more. With the blender motor running on low, drizzle in remaining 4 tablespoons oil. Serve hot, drizzled with additional olive oil and garnished with edible flowers. 

Cook's Note:

Instead of chives you can use 3 tablespoons field garlic greens. Saute them first in hot olive oil for 1 minute before adding the leafy greens.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

323 Calories
32g Fat
8g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 323
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 10g 49%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 437mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 17mg 85%
Calcium 149mg 11%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 312mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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