This Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie has tropical flavors and is one of the most deliciously refreshing smoothies you'll taste!
Why You'll Love This Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
- It's so refreshing! The cucumbers keep things very light while the coconut milk, lime, and mint give it a deliciously tropical flavor.
- The pineapple adds the perfect amount of sweetness to complement the rest of the flavors - even my three year old loves this smoothie!
- It's a smoothie, so it doesn't get much easier! Toss everything in a blender, blend, pour into a cup, and go!
- Cucumber: I recommend slicing a seedless English or Persian cucumber here. Regular cucumbers may be fine depending on your blender, or you may want to de-seed them. You can also use frozen cucumbers!
- Pineapple: You can use fresh or frozen.
- Spinach: I truly can't taste it here, and it adds a boost of color and nutrition, including fiber, iron, vitamin K, folate, and potassium.
- Coconut Milk: Use the coconut milk that comes in a can. I prefer light coconut milk in this smoothie.
- Lime: Using both the zest and the juice adds max flavor!
- Mint: Mint adds a natural sweetness and refreshing flavor that pairs so fantastically with all the other flavors in this smoothie!
How to Make a Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add ice if needed to thicken smoothie, or additional coconut milk or water to thin smoothie.
The Best Blender for Smoothies
I always advocate for using what you have or what's accessible to you - so the blender you've got is a great place to start!
That said, if you make a lot of smoothies and are ready to up your smoothie game (and have the budget for it), I highly recommend investing in a high-speed blender. I recommend a Vitamix or Ninja to better blend even the toughest of ingredients into the creamiest, smoothest smoothies!
How can I add protein to this smoothie?
I'm a big fan of including protein in your smoothies to make them more satisfying and balanced. Check out this article of 40 Real Food Proteins for Smoothies!
I love the flavors of this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie so much that personally I prefer something unflavored added here, like unflavored whey or collagen peptides (for more on collagen, check out this collagen benefits and side effects article).
Why does my smoothie not look as smooth and blended as yours?
You probably need to blend it longer. It's possible you may need a higher powered blender, but even with high powered blenders, you still need to blend a while.
If your smoothie is blended but you still see some specks (i.e. of cucumber skin or mint), keep blending another 30-60 seconds.
Can I use fresh pineapple instead of frozen?
Yes, but since fresh pineapple is juicier, the smoothie will be thinner. Add at least 3-5 ice cubes to help get a thicker smoothie texture.
What other leafy greens could I use?
Spinach or baby spinach works great in this recipe, but you can also use baby kale or even microgreens.
What if I don't have fresh mint?
If you don't have or don't like fresh mint, you can omit it.
Can I use bottled lime juice instead?
Yes. You'll miss out on the flavor the lime zest adds, but if you need to use bottled lime juice, 1 tablespoon is the equivalent to the juice from half a lime.
Can I use this as a base for a smoothie bowl?
This smoothie is a little thin for a smoothie bowl. To make it a thicker smoothie bowl consistency, use frozen pineapple, frozen cucumber, half the coconut milk, and/ or adding ice, until you reach your desired consistency.
Can I use frozen cucumber?
Absolutely! You can substitute frozen cucumber slices equivalently for fresh in this pineapple cucumber smoothie recipe.
Alternatively, if you make frozen cucumber ice cubes, you can use a few of those in this smoothie, too!
Is this Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie a meal?
This smoothie is not a meal. The nutrition clocks in with 158 calories, and includes 3 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. While this may be enough for a snack, depending on your hunger you may want to add an extra protein source to the smoothie or pair it with something like some almonds on the side.
And for a meal, I suggest pairing it with something like a breakfast sandwich or scrambled eggs.
More Delicious Smoothie Recipes:
- Blackberry Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Watermelon Banana Smoothie
- Banana Peach Smoothie
- The NTF 5-a-Day Green Smoothie
More Cucumber Recipes:
- Cucumber Mint Agua Fresca
- Mediterranean Cucumber Salad
- Cucumber Pico de Gallo
- Carrot and Cucumber Salad (Asian-Inspired flavors)
- Cucumber Chickpea Salad
- How to Freeze Cucumbers
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Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie
- 1 cup cucumber slices
- 1 cup frozen cubed pineapple
- 1 cup spinach
- ¼ cup light coconut milk
- ½ lime juice and zest
- 2-3 fresh mint leaves
- Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy. Add ice if needed to thicken smoothie, or additional coconut milk or water to thin smoothie.
- Immediately pour into a glass and enjoy!
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