Cilantro Smoothie


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This cilantro smoothie is just what you need to cleanse and detoxify. Plus, it tastes delicious with ingredients like spinach, ginger, banana, pineapple, and kiwi. So if you’re a big cilantro lover like I am, consider this the newest addition to your smoothie repertoire.

Two glasses of cilantro smoothie
Photo: Gayle McLeod

What started as a deep dive into testing another green smoothie loaded with anti-inflammatory foods (due to a rash I was experiencing) has turned into this tasty cilantro smoothie recipe.

I know, a cilantro smoothie sounds…interesting. It’s not a typical ingredient you would add, but let me tell you why it’s become a new favorite smoothie recipe. Not only is it a simple blend of some of the best antioxidants and nutrients, but it’s also exceptionally refreshing and surprisingly delicious.

Cilantro smoothie ingredients

Cilantro Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

This cilantro smoothie proves you can get the most magic from the simplest ingredients. Here’s what you need:

  • Herb: Cilantro is the star ingredient in this smoothie! Cilantro is noted for its antifungal, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties, which makes it a natural powerhouse for detoxifying the body. As someone who’s experienced multiple skin issues over the years like psoriasis, eczema, and Grover’s disease, cilantro may offer some benefits.
  • Vegetables: Spinach and ginger, along with cilantro, are a powerful blend of ingredients packed with antioxidants and nutrients.
  • Fruit: To balance the sharp flavor of the cilantro and lend a sweeter flavor profile, I’m using banana, pineapple, and kiwi. Bonus — kiwi is extremely rich in fiber and immune-boosting nutrients. For me, a kiwi a day keeps the doctor away!

Find the printable recipe with measurements in the recipe card below.

How To Make A Cilantro Smoothie

Toss all the ingredients into your favorite blender and blend away! And if you want to make a few adjustments to this recipe, I’ve got a few tips below.

Blending cilantro smoothie

Smoothie Adjustments

  • Make it less sweet: I used a full banana to combat the bitter, peppery flavor of cilantro. But if you want to make this a low-sugar smoothie, you can just use half a banana.
  • Make it a creamy smoothie: It’s best to use water in this recipe to help cleanse the body. But you could turn this into a creamy delight by subbing water with non-dairy milk (that doesn’t have added sugars). I highly suggest making your own for the quality, such as my almond milk, oat milk, or cashew milk recipe!
Pouring cilantro smoothie in a glass

More Healthy Drinks

It’s always a good idea to include some anti-inflammatory drinks in your routine if you need a little “pick-me-up!”

  • Golden Milk: A creamy and spiced turmeric latte that’s healthy, healing, and delicious!
  • Turmeric Tea: The perfect addition to your tea routine with turmeric, lemon juice, and honey.
  • Ginger Shots: For a quick immune booster, nothing beats these ginger shots.
  • Green Juice: A great alternative to a green smoothie.
  • Pineapple Turmeric Smoothie: Enjoy tropical flavors with an anti-inflammatory boost!

I hope you enjoy this cilantro smoothie recipe and reap all its benefits! If you make it, I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment box below.

Glasses of cilantro smoothie

Cilantro Smoothie

5 from 6 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This cilantro smoothie is refreshing, delicious, and just what you need to detoxify with its anti-inflammatory and nutritious benefits!


  • Vitamix A3500 This high-powered blender is one of my most used kitchen tools!


  • 1 cup water
  • ½ bunch cilantro, about ¾ cup lightly packed
  • 1 cup (lightly packed) baby spinach
  • 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 kiwi fruit, peeled or unpeeled (see notes)
  • ½-inch piece ginger root, peeled or unpeeled (see notes)


  • Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
    Blending cilantro smoothie in Vitamix

Lisa’s Tips

  • If you’d like, you can leave the peel on both the kiwi and ginger. With a high-powered blender, there’s no need to peel, unless you’d like the smoothie ultra-smooth. 


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 1069mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 11353IU | Vitamin C: 112mg | Calcium: 152mg | Iron: 4mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cilantro Smoothie
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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. I was a little hesitant on this one, I’ve never heard of cilantro in a smoothie but wow it was wonderful! I forgot the kiwi but it was still very delicious and refreshing.5 stars

  2. This smoothie looks fabulous. I have a spinach sensitivity–do you have a recommendation for an alternate leafy green?

    Thanks so much!

  3. What a delicious smoothie! I am a cilantro lover too but never thought about adding it to a smoothie, great recipe!5 stars

  4. Hi Lisa,
    I love adding herbs to my smoothies – basil, mint, and yes! Cilantro! This sounds like an amazing combo I have to try. I can put ginger in just about anything! : )

    The recipe says ginger and kiwi “peeled or unpeeled, see note” but I don’t see any notes included. Inquiring minds want to know! :D

  5. This is one of the best smoothies I have ever made hands down! It so tasty and refreshing I want to make another 😄 I highly recommend this smoothie for everyone🧋💗5 stars

  6. This looks like a great smoothie! I love cilantro and am interested in trying a cilantro smoothie. My mom has cancer and has lost a lot of weight, due to lack of appetite. She seems to like green, leafy foods so I’ll make this smoothie for her. I think coconut water will work great with these ingredients and will add electrolytes. Thanks, Lisa!5 stars