This cucumber avocado smoothie is about to become you new favorite green smoothie. Made with buttery avocado, crisp cucumber, cilantro, and lime this is one of the few green smoothies I’ve tried without spinach or kale. Whether you are looking for a light breakfast to start your day or a refreshing mid-day pick up, this versatile green smoothie is sure to satisfy your taste buds and your stomach.
Originally appearing on the blog in March 2016, the recipe was last updated in July 2020 to reflect the changes I make when using a Vitamix instead of an immersion blender.
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 naturally sweet. Today we are trying something a little different and a lot less sweet: a cucumber avocado smoothie.
One of my favorite things about homemade smoothies is that most of them have a very short ingredient list. Besides the cucumber and avocado in its name, we add cilantro, lime, water, and a dash of pink himalayan sea salt.
My second favorite thing about homemade smoothies is that they are SO versatile. Don’t like cilantro? Swap it for basil. Don’t have lime on hand? Try lemon or even clementine. No pink salt? Skip it or swap it for the salt of your choice. As long as you’ve got the avocado and cucumber, you’ll still end up with a pretty tasty cucumber avocado smoothie.
Like most smoothies, this one requires some sort of electric blender to process the fruit and veggies into a smooth puree. When I first started making this smoothie I used my immersion blender or my mini food chopper. Since then I have added a high power Vitamix to my kitchen. The extra power of the Vitamix has allowed me to change how I make this smoothie, but still get amazingly smooth results.
Using a Vitamix or similar blender
If you have a high power or professional level blender, making this cucumber avocado smoothie at home is so easy. You simply toss in the avocado flesh, cucumber with skins and seeds, cilantro, lime juice, water, and salt, then let the blender do the work. The power of the blender will give you smooth results with minimal work in no time.
Clean up is even easier. Give it a thorough rinse. Fill halfway with water, add a squirt of your favorite dishwashing liquid, then blend on high for about a minute. Rinse and let dry. Your blender is now ready for your next foodie adventure.
Using an Immersion Blender or Basic Blender
If you don’t own a high power blender, it’s okay! There are a few things you can do to increase the smooth factor of your smoothie. To be specific: use super ripe fruit, remove the seeds and skins from the cucumber, let the blender process a little bit longer than you would expect.
It takes a little more effort to peel and seed your cucumber, but for the smoothest results without a high powered blender, it’s worth it. To make it easier peel the cucumber first, then slice it in half and use a small spoon to scoop out the seeds. An espresso spoon, iced tea spoon, or even a baby spoon makes for very quick work of removing the seeds.
If super smooth results aren’t high on your priority list, it’s totally okay to skip peeling and seeding the cucumber. As pointed out in the comments, the skins and seeds are nutritious and for many people that added boost is worth it for a not so smooth smoothie. Like all homemade eats, chef’s choice always wins.
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Cucumber Avocado Smoothie
This cucumber avocado smoothie is a refreshingly delicious take on the green smoothie. It’s 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.
Looking for more tasty smoothie recipes? Try this strawberry peach smoothie, kiwi pear green smoothie, or check out this list of Nine Simple Green Smoothies. For more tasty ways to start your day, see all of my breakfast and brunch recipes.
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- 1 small avocado
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1/2 cup cilantro
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/2 cup water
- pinch of pink himalayan salt
- Place avocado flesh, cucumber, cilantro, lime juice, water, and salt into the blender.
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
The original recipe for this smoothie was created using a low powered blender. In order to get the smoothest results without an expensive blender, remove the skins and seed from the cucumber before blending.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 14 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 250Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 122mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 14gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g
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