Mild, aromatic, and healthful, this classic French dish is excellent with salmon cakes .

This recipe is part of our superfoods menu .
Servings: Serves 4–6
  • 6 medium leeks (white and light green part only), split and halved lengthwise
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 lemons
  • 8 sprigs thyme , plus more for garnish (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 6 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Directions
    Place leeks in a large bowl of cold water; let soak 30 minutes until free of grit.

    Meanwhile, in a large soup pot, combine 4 quarts cold water, garlic, juice of 2 lemons, thyme, and 1 1/2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer about 30 minutes (while leeks soak).

    Remove leeks from water; add to cooking liquid. Poach until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

    Combine juice of last lemon and mustard in a small bowl (reserving lemon slices for garnish, optional). Whisk in olive oil, then toss over leeks. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; top with thyme and lemon slices (if using).


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