My son just got his braces adjusted and in a panic to make him a lunch for school, I made the following soup in my vitamix with what I had on hand. The problem is that the soup is very bitter (raw leek I suspect). I usually sauté the leeks first but didn't have time this morning. If I cook it on the stove, will the bitter taste go away? What if I blended in a head of raw broccoli?

Here are my ingredients: 1 raw leek...stalk and all, 1 small avocado, 2 stalks of celery, About 8 cherry tomatoes, ½ cup of potato and garlic mash from a previous dinner, about 1 cup of ready made chicken broth.

The consistency is awesome. I just need to fix the bitter taste and nastiness of eating raw onions! Thanks for your suggestions.

  • Oh man. Who are you and will you be my mom? What an amazing lunch. I was lucky to get a peanut butter sandwich.
    – Preston
    Commented Jun 2, 2014 at 6:14

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Raw leeks are quite strong and will mellow if cooked, so get it up to temperature for awhile and see where you get. I suspect that will get you much of the way there. If not, some mild acidity will help, adding a squeeze of lemon juice may do it for you.


Bitterness is best counteracted by salt, so give it a good seasoning. You might also try adding a little mild vinegar like white wine or cider vinegar.

  • It's already fairly salty because of the store bought chicken broth and the celery. Also, the whole family hates all sorts of vinegar, so this wouldn't be my first choice. I guess I can't just cook it? Any other options?
    – user25072
    Commented May 22, 2014 at 12:38
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    Well, you have some bitter ingredients in there - celery and avocado especially. Cooking won't make a great deal of difference since everything is already blended and you won't be able to caramelise anything. You don't need to put much vinegar in - not so much that you'd really taste it - just enough to counteract the bitterness. Otherwise I'm afraid it's time to make another meal! Commented May 22, 2014 at 12:52

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