I can’t wait to share this fun smoothie recipe with you. Who says no to a hot pink smoothie containing a food with the word ‘dragon’ it in?! This dragon fruit smoothie recipe is a super delicious way to ring in warmer weather.
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Where Do I Find Dragon Fruit?
Have you ever seen a fresh dragon fruit? It’s pretty weird lookin’. Yet it can be found in the produce section of most grocery stores. Depending on the variety, your fruit might have white or pink flesh… white flesh works just fine in this recipe. If you want the wow factor, then make sure to use a pink-fleshed dragon fruit. There’s even a yellow-fleshed variety!
I actually found a whole box of dragon fruit at Costco last summer, which is their typical growing season. You can also purchase this fruit already peeled and diced in the freezer section. It tastes similar to kiwi or pear, and is a great fruit in many different recipes.
Trader Joe’s even sells freeze-dried dragon fruit pieces that are great toppings for any kind of smoothie bowl. They’re incredibly crunchy and bright; I just can’t resist adding them in to my afternoon snack!
Why Use Dragon Fruit in a Smoothie?
Dragon fruit, also known as Pitaya, comes from a fruit-bearing cactus. It’s high in fiber as well as magnesium, making it perfect for smoothies. It is fairly mild in flavor and sweet, therefore you can swap easily swap it in for mango or pineapple in your fav green smoothie.
More tropical recipes
If this dragon fruit smoothie recipe put you in a tropical mood, then check out some of these delicious creations:
- Dragon fruit smoothie bowl
- Immune boost smoothie
- Kale mango smoothie
- Pineapple banana smoothie
- Creamy mango smoothie
And if you just can’t get enough of these tropical vibes (can’t stop! won’t stop!), check out Rawk the Year for more! Rawk the Year is my plant based, whole food meal planner that contains all of these recipes and then some. With a library of 400+ meals, snacks, smoothies and desserts, there’s something for every hungry belly in your household. It’s honestly what I use to plan my week’s meals and shopping trips for my own family. Give it a spin and see why I love it so much!
How do you cut this fruit?
I was def intimidated the first time I bought a fresh dragon fruit. Do I slice it down the middle, side to side, or peel it? Does it have a core like mango does? I conquered my fear, and now I’m here to help!
The easiest way to cut a fresh dragon fruit is right through the middle. I’m talking about the thick belly part. Then just scoop out the flesh with a spoon. It’s seriously that easy! Now you just need to not scoop it directly into your mouth, and instead scoop it into your blender for this dragon fruit smoothie recipe.
Now on to the questions!
What fruits go well with dragon fruit? In this dragon fruit smoothie recipe, I paired it with mango and pineapple, as well as lime. Pretty much any tropical fruits pair well together. If you really want to jazz up this smoothie, then swap out the almond milk for coconut milk. #beachvibes
What are the side effects of dragon fruit? Unless you are allergic to this tropical fruit, you shouldn’t experience any weird or unpleasant side effects from consuming it.
How can I make dragon fruit taste better? If dragon fruit doesn’t make your taste buds dance, then you can still reap the benefits but mask the taste. Coconut, lemon and lime as well as banana are all powerhouse smoothie ingredients taste-wise.
Don’t forget to try out this smoothie recipe, then leave a rating + review below!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie
- ½ cup dragon fruit frozen cubed
- ¼ cup mango frozen
- ¼ cup pineapple frozen
- ¾ cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
- Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
- Swap in 3/4 cup carton coconut milk for almond milk
- Any variety of dragon fruit can be used for this recipe, just know if it’s yellow or white flesh, the color will change
- Use at least 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie
Looks very appealing. I have a vitamix and I’m always making the same recipes.
Sooooo refreshing! I’ve wanted to try dragon fruit for a while now and was scared. Yet this smoothie was really good. Thanks.
Thanks for blending, Kaley!
I LOVE the color of this smoothie. Not to mention, it’s delicious. 🙂
This bright pink smoothie is so refreshing! Perfect for hot California summers!!
Dragonfruit Smoothie was so refreshing. I will be making this one, very often. Love the little kick from the Lime & Zest.
I found pink dragon fruit at Costco and it did not disappoint in this smoothie! It was sweeter than I thought, so I might use a bit less next time.
Very Yummy, it was my first time using dragonfruit.
Ooh, this smoothie is tasty! Though it’s not thick, its taste is a lot creamier than I anticipated. Probably my favorite smoothie I’ve made so far. Thanks for having such an awesome site!
Glad you liked it so much, Brandee! 🙂
So my dragon fruit looks like the one in your photo. Do I use the pink layer between the white flesh and the skin? That part scooped out with the flesh but it separated from the rest so easily I wasn’t sure if I should use it. 🙂
Hi Carol, I don’t think you use that part. Jen used both pink and white dragonfruit, which is why her smoothie has such a bright pink color.
Does the app include calorie counts for each recipe?
Hi Alice! Currently, the app doesn’t include the calorie count for our smoothies but there are nutrition facts on our website for each smoothie recipe.
Fantastic, Nutricious, and immune bosting!
And such a bright, vibrant color as well! 🙂
Mine wasn’t pink. What did I do wrong?
There are two types of dragon fruit- one has white flesh, the other a bright magenta-colored flesh. If you use the type with white flesh, your smoothie will not be that bright pink color. You could use the type with the pink flesh or a combo of both. 🙂
I love the addition of lime to this recipe, I wouldn’t have thought to add that. So gorgeous, can’t wait to try it!
The lime adds a nice zing! 🙂
I love dragon fruit!!! My Publix started to carry it in the frozen fruit section and it’s soooo easy to add to my smoothie. I tried this one and it was soooo good! Tasted like something I had in Miami on a vacation— it brought back good memories. 🙂 I might like it even more because it’s pink and colorful. I mean, come on— who can say no to a healthy fun drink like this? Not me or my daughter!
Totally agree, Dani!
WAY to much fruit! Needs some veggies in it. Add some Kale or Spinach to cut down on the natural sugars and sweetness
The great thing about smoothies is you can adjust the ingredients to work best for you. I often add greens or even cauliflower to our smoothies, but I also enjoy this smoothie as is. It’s a much better alternative to a candy craving and most of us can handle the fruit just fine. Especially after some time gardening or going for a run- this smoothie hits the spot just right.