Ginger Cilantro Green Shake

The idea for this green smoothie comes from the amazing Sarma of  I recently purchased her book Living Raw Food and am loving it.  While some of the recipes can be complex, she has many that can be made in minutes.

This Ginger Cilantro Shake is a hybrid of her Cilantro-Pineapple Shake and her Bangkok Baby.  Here is my version, a nice healthy green drink for Saint Patrick’s day.

Ginger Cilantro Shake

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  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 cucumber, cut into pieces, no need to peel
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ½ finger length ginger, no need to peel
  • 5 pieces littlepineapple


  • In a vitamix, combine cilantro, cucumber, lime juice (and a little water if needed to help blend)
  • Blend in ginger and pineapple until smooth
  • Pour into a big glass
  • Sip slowly like wine, to help with digestion
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
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I recently read a great article in Fast Company about the Ten Most Inspiring People in Sustainable Food.  Of course, the usual suspects such as the fabulous Michael Pollan were in it; however, they also mentioned some very unusual and fascinating people and ideas in this article including a proposed plan for vertical farming in cities created by a professor at Columbia University named Dickson Despommier.

Here’s a big shout out to Professor Despommier –wish you had been at Columbia when I was a student there many moons ago!

After looking further into vertical farms I found another inspiring bit –a site called in New York City.  This is an amazing idea!

Happy green day to all of you for Saint Patrick’s!


29 responses to “Ginger Cilantro Green Shake”

  1. My husband was tested for metal toxicity earlier this year and his aluminum levels were off the charts (97 percentile). So we have been researching self chelation with natural foods and peer reviewed literature says that cilantro is the best way to go. So we have bought several bunches a week (I can’t get it to grow here in my hot garden in Georgia), and I have been searching for a great smoothie recipe. We discovered this recipe this week and have been having these smoothies as much as we can. Thanks for this recipe!

  2. I just made the smoothie but used just 1/2 a lime, self squeezed. No juicer. I love cilantro but wow, that is potent. It’s a sipping drink like Elana said. Might try to add a little something to tone down that zip. It is for sure the most unique green smoothie I’ve had to date. Love your site!

  3. I love your site and visit frequently. I am not gluten intolerant, but a close friend of mine is, and I love that your recipes have simple ingredients that are easier to find than the ingredients in many other GF baking recipes.

    I recently started making green smoothies because they kept popping up here, so I figured I would give them a try. I am a total convert! I made this with half a mango instead of pineapple, and the zest and juice of one lime since I don’t have a juicer, and it is delicious! I love the spiciness from the ginger, and how I have to drink slowly because of the thickness. The green smoothies really do have the texture of a milk shake. I make mine with an immersion blender because that’s all I have, and it totally works. Thank you for introducing me to green smoothies!

  4. I just made the cilantro lime smoothie and added Marks Daily Apple Meal Replacment Vanilla Protein powder and it is SO good! It makes the smoothie a little less “zingy” when you drink it! It makes a lot of drink since the powder fluffs it up but it is SO good! Thanks for the nummy green Smoothie recipe!

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