This cucumber avocado smoothie is about to become your new favorite green smoothie. Made with buttery avocado, crisp cucumber, cilantro, and lime this green smoothies packs a delicious punch without being sweet.
Whether you are looking for a light breakfast or a refreshing mid-day pick up, this versatile green smoothie is sure to delight your taste buds and satisfy your stomach. Read on for suggestions on substitutions or make it uniquely yours by including your favorite smoothie mix-ins.
How to Make a Cucumber Avocado Smoothie
Homemade smoothies are one of the easiest things to master in the home kitchen. For the most part you gather your ingredients, throw them in a blender, puree until smooth, and enjoy.
What makes this cucumber avocado smoothie unique is the combination of ingredients going into it and the ingredients we leave out. The biggest thing that makes this smoothie different is that it’s not at all sweet.
This savory green smoothie doesn’t taste like spinach or kale, because it doesn’t have any. What it does contain: cucumber, avocado, cilantro, lime, water, and a dash of pink himalayan sea salt.
New to the homemade smoothie game? I’ve got an entire post on how to make homemade smoothies. Check it out and you’ll be a smoothie making pro in no time.
Optional Smoothie Add-ins
As with all homemade smoothies, all of these ingredients can be customized based on your own taste buds. Don’t like cilantro? Swap it for basil. Don’t have lime on hand? Try lemon or even orange. No pink salt? Skip it or swap it for the salt of your choice.
Looking to take it a step beyond that? Try including some of these popular add-ins to make your smoothie uniquely yours.
- Leafy greens like spinach or baby kale
- Flax seeds or chia seeds
- Hemp protein
- Oats or oatmeal
- Collagen powder
- Spices like coriander, cumin, or turmeric
Cucumber Avocado Smoothie FAQs
Like most of my smoothies recipes, most of the questions I’ve received about this smoothie are about how to customize the flavor or change the ingredients based on what you may or may not have in your pantry and fridge.
If you have additional questions that I haven’t answered, feel free to drop them in the comments below and I’ll get them added.
What can I use besides cilantro?
I love cilantro, especially with avocado and lime, but I know it’s not for everyone. If cilantro isn’t your thing, swap it out with a green leafy herb of your choice. Parsley, basil, and dill are three that would all work great with the rest of this green smoothie’s flavor profile.
I’m fresh out of lime, what can I use instead?
The lime in this smoothie is there to add a bit of acid to cut through the heaviness of the avocado and balance out the cucumber. Not sure what I mean? Make the smoothie with everything but the lime, taste, then add the lime and taste again to compare.
If you don’t have lime you can use other citrus that you have on hand, like lemon, or grapefruit or try a small splash of a light vinegar. By light I mean something that is pale in color but a little more nuanced than basic white vinegar. White wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or even drinking vinegars would work well.
How do I get the smoothest smoothie?
For the smoothest smoothie possible, a high powered blender will get you the best results. You can also use a stick blender or food processor and get fairly good results.
If you know that your blending device of choice doesn’t have the power to fully smooth out these ingredients, try peeling and seeding the cucumber. While the skins and seeds provide some nutrient benefits, only you get to choose between texture and nutrition.
How can I minimize the mess when making a smoothie?
In my kitchen most of the smoothie making mess comes from using multiple measuring cups and spoons. The easiest way to avoid this mess is to measure your ingredients by weight instead of volume.
Place your blender pitcher on a digital scale and zero it out between additions. You’ll know exactly how much is going into your smoothie and won’t dirty a single measuring cup.
What’s the quickest way to clean my blender?
The blender I use, a Vitamix, cannot be taken apart, which makes clean up super easy. 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. Empty, rinse, and let dry.
Before deciding how to clean your blender, check with the manufacture to see if it needs to be disassembled or if it is dishwasher safe.
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Cucumber Avocado Smoothie Recipe
This cucumber avocado smoothie is a refreshingly delicious take on the green smoothie. With buttery avocado, crisp cucumber, cilantro and lime, it’s creamy, crisp, and refreshing all in one.
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- 1 avocado (1 cup or 5 oz chunks, fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cucumber (1 1/2 cups sliced or 5 oz)
- 1/2 cup cilantro (8 grams)
- 1/2 cup water (4 oz)
- juice of 1 lime (about 1 TBSP)
- pinch of pink himalayan salt
- Place avocado flesh, cucumber, cilantro, water, lime juice, and salt into the blender.
- Puree until smooth and creamy.
In order to get the smoothest results without a high powered blender, remove the skins and seed from the cucumber before blending.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 14 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 10gSugar: 4gProtein: 4g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated by Nutritionix and is for general information purposes only. For the most accurate information, calculate using your select brands and exact measurements.