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This bright n’ spicy cilantro smoothie is a fun snack that can help detox your body. Naturally sweetened by bananas, sip to your health with a tropical beverage made from 100% plant based ingredients.

When the summer heat ramps up here in Central Florida, I reach for something cool and refreshing like this Cilantro Smoothie. Blending this delicious limeade beverage up totally makes me feel like I’m on spring break or summer vacay! Plus it contains one of my fav smoothie ingredients of all time – ginger.

If I’m going for an extra fun feel, then I’ll toss this into popsicle molds and freeze. Delish!

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  1. What makes this limeade recipe healthier?
  2. More Cilantro Recipes Please!
  4. Cilantro Smoothie Recipe

What makes this limeade recipe healthier?

Traditional limeade contains refined sugar. We’ve all heard by now how sugar can increase your risk for certain health issues, like diabetes and obesity. However, did you know it can also contribute to depression or other mood disorders? I was shocked to find that out, yet it makes good sense. Thankfully, my cilantro smoothie recipe is sweetened with the natural sugars found in 1.5 bananas. Similarly, you can sweeten the natural way with ingredients like banana, dates, maple syrup or honey and avoid those refined sugars.

Fresh Cilantro in a Smoothie

Cilantro is one of those things that people either love or hate. Whichever side of the fence you sit on in respect to cilantro, it’s hard to deny its health benefits. Also called Chinese parsley and fresh coriander, this leafy green herb helps the body detoxify itself of heavy metals. It’s also a good source of vitamin K which helps with circulation and blood clotting. I think it tastes great too, especially blended into a green smoothie! Or on your tacos. Def on your tacos. #teamtaco

Fresh Ginger goes well with Lime

This Cilantro smoothie also contains ginger which is good for settling the tummy. When one of my SGS team members was expecting, she had raging morning sickness. Well, it was all-day sickness, to be more specific. Thankfully, she was able to keep that upset tummy at bay by consuming everything ginger she could find (ginger root, ginger lozenges, ginger tea).

Adding it to your smoothies regularly will help keep tummy troubles in check.

Plus! Ginger is also known for fighting inflammation. See why I love it so? Now inflammation can be a good thing, like when your immune system is fighting off infection. However, the bad kind of inflammation can contribute to all sorts of yuckiness in the body, like asthma and arthritis.

Therefore I choose to fight it off on the regular with a bit of zesty ginger in my smoothies. It tastes good and is good for me. See, now these are the moments I enjoy being a grownup!

More Cilantro Recipes Please!

Chances are you scooped up a big, lovely bunch of fresh cilantro at your local farmers market to make this green smoothie. Now that you’ve blended, sipped and fallen in love – what do you do with the rest of that gorgeous green cilantro before it goes bad?! No worries – I’ve got ya covered. If you loved this cilantro smoothie, then check out some of my favorite recipes with cilantro:

Spicy cilantro pesto
Cilantro mango detox smoothie
BBQ jackfruit tacos
Creamy cilantro lime sauce (coupled with a vegetarian pizza recipe)
Vegetarian tortilla soup

Make sure you hit us up with a comment below! Let us know how you like this limeade smoothie and if you tried any other recipes featuring cilantro.


4.72 from 7 votes

Cilantro Smoothie

A refreshing and unique cilantro smoothie that harnesses the anti-inflammatory and detox benefits of cilantro and ginger. 
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Natural Remedy, Smoothie
Cuisine: Healing, Plant-Based
Serves: 1 smoothie


  • 1 cup spinach fresh
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro fresh
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 lime peeled
  • ½ inch ginger root fresh
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
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  • Blend spinach, cilantro and water until smooth.
  • Next add the remaining fruits and blend again.


  • Freeze the bananas ahead of time for a cold, slushy smoothie treat.


Calories: 240kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 8g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Sodium: 43mg, Potassium: 758mg, Fiber: 12g, Sugar: 15g, Vitamin A: 3187IU, Vitamin C: 29mg, Calcium: 202mg, Iron: 3mg
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    1. Hi Monique! I typically peel mine, it makes blending a little easier!

  1. 5 stars
    I LOVED this smoothie. Then again, I love cilantro so it was calling my name and didn’t disappoint. Skipped the ginger though… and did a whole lime. Yum!

  2. 5 stars
    I wasn’t sure about the cilantro but holy smokes… it’s amazing! I love how refreshing this smoothie is. 5 stars!

  3. 3 stars
    Not sure about this recipe. It looked delicious (I love all the ingredients), I tried it right away but I didn’t have the cilantro on hand so I made it without. It was very good! I couldn’t wait to try it with the cilantro, since I’m a huge cilantro fan. But today, the combo of the ginger and cilantro ended up tasting like onion to me. I also love onions, but not in my smoothies. So I’m on the fence about this recipe. Without the cilantro I would give it a strong 4 stars, but with the cilantro just 1 or 2.

    1. We love a daily smoothie habit, Latasha. It def helps us to have better energy, clearer skin, deeper sleep and humming digestion. However, we for sure recommend that you rotate your greens regularly to get the best nutrition possible. Check out our Ultimate Guide to Leafy Greens!

  4. 5 stars
    Refreshing detox smoothie. Not the biggest fan of cilantro, but love the lime and banana additions

    1. Julie, the recipe makes enough for two servings. So one serving would have 1 1/2 bananas but if that’s still a bit too much for you, you could use 2 bananas (or 1 per serving).

  5. I love this smoothie! The first time I made it, I found myself thinking, “this is okay, but I don’t know if I could drink another one of these.” And then I started absolutely craving them! I don’t really love banana-based smoothies but the lime, cilantro and ginger really take over the flavor. I would recommend being a little careful on the ginger, because if you add too much it’s very bitter. Start with a bit, taste, and then add more if needed.

    1. I could understand you, I do not like combination banana+water, that’s why I always add almond milk ! This smoothy is fantastic! Thank you!

  6. you sent me this smooties do i take it all week i am doing the 30 day smootie s wit you,

    1. Hi Lily,

      Thanks for reaching out! Our next 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge kicks off on October 1st. Until then, we love sending our community delicious recipes to try!

      Can’t wait until October? Check out our 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge E-Guide in our shop!