Buttery avocado, crisp cucumber, earthy cilantro, and bright lime juice combine to make this cucumber avocado smoothie a great way to start your day.
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When I think of smoothies I think sweet, like this berry avocado smoothie or perhaps this kiwi mango smoothie. Both delicious, both healthy, and both noticeably sweet. Today however we are trying something a little different and a lot less sweet, with this cucumber avocado smoothie.
Today’s smoothie is still made of fruit as both cucumbers and avocados are fruits, berries to be exact. They probably aren’t the things that come to mind when you think of berries, but because they grow from a single flower and encase their seeds inside, they really are berries. However, their sweetness is much more subtle when compared to a banana or grapes, which are ironically berries as well.
This smoothie calls for only four ingredients half of which are in the name. In addition to the cucumber and avocado, we add cilantro and lime. If you want to get crazy with it and up those ingredients to five, you can add a dash of salt to turn up the flavor impact. I drank the first half of mine without it, then added a bit of pink Hawaiian sea salt and it was pretty awesome.
Like most smoothies, this one requires some sort of blender or food processor. I used my immersion blender with the mini-food processor attachment, but one of these days I’ll upgrade to a professional level blender to make my smoothies as smooth as possible.
The cucumber takes the most work. It needs to be peeled and seeded. A Kuhn Rikon Y-Peeler makes super quick work of any peeling job and just over $2 each it’s by far the best bargain I’ve found for my kitchen.
Once it’s peeled, slice it in half and use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds. I used an espresso spoon like this one, but an iced tea spoon or even a baby spoon would be a good fit. It makes for very quick work of removing the seeds. Place half of the cucumber into your blender.
Cut the avocado in half, remove the seed and scoop the flesh from both sides directly into the blender. Add in the juice of half a lime, about 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves, and a 1/2 cup of water. Puree it until smooth. Then give it a taste.
Mine needed a little bit more lime, but just a squeeze. Add the salt if you want, or don’t. If you prefer a thinner smoothie, add a bit more water to the mix. Give it one last mix with the blender and serve immediately.
This cucumber avocado smoothie is a refreshingly delicious take on a green fruit smoothie and a great way to start your day or even drive some energy back into the middle of your afternoon. Lots of fruit, a bit of herbs, and no guilt. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried cucumber avocado as a smoothie flavor combination? What’s your favorite not-to-sweet smoothie flavor? Let me know in the comments below!
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Cucumber Avocado Smoothie
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup water
- pinch of salt, optional
- Score avocado, remove seed and scoop out flesh.
- Peel cucumber and remove seeds.
- Remove stems from cilantro.
- Place avocado, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, water, and salt if using into the blender.
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 14 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 339 Total Fat: 30g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 23g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 20mg Carbohydrates: 21g Fiber: 14g Sugar: 3g Protein: 5g