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Originally written by Kimberly Cripps , former SDSU Extension Family & Community Health Field Specialist, with contributions by Megan Erickson, former SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist, and Hope Kleine, former SDSU Extension Health Education Field Specialist.

Pick it!

  • Leeks look like a giant green onion.
  • Leeks should be firm and crisp with quite a bit of white and light green coloring. Those with yellow or withered tops should be avoided.
  • Unwashed leeks can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
  • Leeks often have dirt on the inside, so be sure to rinse after cutting and before using.

Try it!

  • Leeks are similar to onion, but are slightly milder.
  • The green tops are great for making stock, while the light green parts are best for use in soups or sautéed and added to mashed potatoes.
  • Raw leeks can also be sliced and added to a salad.
  • Leeks also work well in dishes such as quiches, especially with Roquefort cheese.
  • Leeks can be substituted for onion in soup and stew recipes for a slightly different flavor.

Like it! Potato Leek Soup


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup sliced leeks
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ½ cup + 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth, low sodium
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons instant potato flakes
  • ¼-teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (or ½ Tablespoon dried)


  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Sauté the leeks and onion in the butter for 5 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Pour in the broth and the milk and mix well.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Stir in potato flakes, salt, celery salt, and parsley.
  6. Allow to thicken and heat through.
  7. May top with green onion or grated lowfat cheese.

Yield: 4 servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving: Calories 230; Fat 6g; Cholesterol 20mg; Sodium 480mg; Carbohydrates 33g; Sugars 17g; Fiber 3g; Protein 10g

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