This fun margarita smoothie is such a sippable combination. Serve adult style or kid-friendly, you choose! Either way, it’s a great snack full of flavor and my fun take on a favorite beverage.

Healthy margarita smoothie

Margaritas are such a fun summer beverage, so I thought I’d try my hand at a healthy margarita recipe in the form of a margarita smoothie. This super tropical, super delicious mocktail is as vibrant as its lime green coloring suggests, and is perfect for opening up the pool as well as soaking in some sunshine.

Fresh pineapple for smoothies

Origins of the margarita

It seems several different people have claimed to invent the margarita. Stories range from Mexican restaurant owner Carlos (Danny) Herrera creating the drink in 1938, to Texan Margaret Sames inventing it in the 1940s (who really knows?!).

The first frozen Margarita machine was invented by Mariano Martinez, restaurant owner in Texas, in 1971. My margarita smoothie is a play on this frozen variety of the beverage, so be sure to have some frozen fruit on hand when blending this healthy margarita recipe.

Margarita smoothie ingredient swaps

Coconut water adds electrolytes + flavor to this smoothie, yet swap for regular water, carbonated water, or even a fun kombucha. 100% pineapple juice works too. Swap peeled peaches for the mango or pineapple. Another great swap for mango is banana.

If you still want the coconut flavor, then toss in 2 tablespoons of coconut flakes for a delicious upgrade.

How to make a healthy margarita

Now if you came to this post looking for an actual margarita, then I won’t leave you hanging (yet I challenge you to still try my margarita smoothie)! My friend Danielle Walker has some incredible cocktail recipes, all of which are refined sugar free. They almost look too good to drink!

While I believe in balance, I also love finding recipes that are incredible + made with real food ingredients. So that’s what I look for, even in my cocktails. And… if a vanilla pineapple margarita doesn’t pique your interest, then more for me!

Margarita smoothie mocktail

A margarita smoothie a day

This recipe was originally created for my very first cookbook, Simple Green Smoothies… it’s such a good recipe that it actually made the cover of the book!

I’m super passionate about helping people start the healthy habit of 1 green smoothie a day. And as evidenced by this margarita smoothie recipe, that doesn’t have to be boring, gross, or hard! Green smoothies can actually be fun, and filling as well as something the whole family enjoys sipping together.

Just grab your fav fruits + leafy greens; I bet I’ve got a smoothie recipe that’s right for you.

More tropical smoothies

If you loved this recipe, then I’m giving you easy access to more tropical smoothies that are just as fun as my margarita smoothie:

Leave a rating + review below once you’ve blended up the margarita smoothie, and don’t forget to share how you enjoyed it!


Healthy margarita smoothie
4.75 from 8 votes

Margarita Smoothie

This tropical margarita smoothie packs a big Vitamin C punch and the coconut water base will keep us hydrated all day long. Oh, and coconut water is great for replenishing lost electrolytes and recovering from a hangover 😉
Prep: 5 mins
Blending Time: 2 mins
Total: 7 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Mexican-Inspired, Plant-Based
Serves: 1


  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup coconut water
  • ½ orange peeled
  • 1 cup mango frozen
  • ½ cup pineapple frozen
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • sea salt coarse, for rim of glasses
  • homemade protein powder optional


  • Blend spinach, orange, and coconut water until smooth.
  • Add mango, pineapple, and lime juice. Blend again.
  • Save squeezed lime wedge and rub it around the rim of a margarita glass. Dip the rim into the coarse salt.
  • Pour the smoothie into the prepared glass.


  • Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge to make look super cute.


Calories: 202kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 152mg, Potassium: 959mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 40g, Vitamin A: 4796IU, Vitamin C: 147mg, Calcium: 114mg, Iron: 2mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. Wowzers! I didn’t know what to expect from this recipe because I’ve never had anything like it. The incorporation of lime juice and orange truly made this smoothie something special. I added 1 packet of stevia and 2 tbls of Chia seeds. This smoothie is an explosion of flavor. It tastes like I just threw a handful of skittles in my mouth. Best of all it’s all from nature. Thanks for this amazing website!

    1. HI Meaninc,

      We love your description of our Tropical Mango-Rita Green Smoothie!! Thank you so much for sharing, and we love hearing your love for making healthy living taste great!

      Cheers 🙂

    2. I just did the exact same thing ( added chia and stevia). This smoothie is fabulous!

  2. Hi Jadah & Jen, i’m wondering what kind of orange that you use for this recipe? How about the orange seeds? Do you squeeze the orange or just put it on blender? Thanks

    1. Hi Angguni,

      Thanks for reaching out! Use any orange you love, my favorite is navel! If you want to truly capture all the benefits that citrus fruits can provide, then try blending them whole (including the seeds) with your green smoothies (just make sure they are organic if you use the peel and all. Don’t go crazy on the peels because the taste is strong (Jen figured that out the hard way).

      Cheers 🙂

  3. I’ve been wanting to make this one for a while because I love margaritas. I decided to make it for my boyfriend since he practically survives off of smoothies.
    We absolutely loved it. He said it was his favorite part of breakfast (we had it with toast, poached egg, and avocado garlic lime spread). He said it went well with the avocado lime spread.
    Now he’s a believer of simple green smoothies.
    I really liked the addition of the salt around the rim. It provided a nice contrast to the sweetness of the drink.

    1. Hi Loren,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you + your boyfriend enjoyed our Tropical Mango-Rita Green Smoothie! It’s the perfect summer green smoothie, especially with the hot weather coming in August. We love hearing from our SGS community, thank you for taking the time to reach out!

      Cheers 🙂

  4. Hello ! I cannot eat bananas, oranges and kiwi, what can be a substitute of those fruits ?

    Thanks a lot !

  5. Made this Mango-margarita smoothie this morning, I added Greek yogart instead of banana for protein factor. It was light and refreshing. Will be making this again as a poolside refresher/pick-me-up on those hot summer days.

  6. OMG! This Mango-rita is soooo delicious!! I love Margaritas, but I can’t drink alcohol anymore. This is so tasty, the salt and lime give it a nice kick!

    1. Hi Doe,

      This smoothie almost demands to be enjoyed poolside! 🙂

  7. I just make this today, OMG…. it’s so good!!! i love it. this one will be on my favourite list. Thank you 🙂

    1. Hi Jeanette,

      We agree! This recipe just demands to be enjoyed poolside during the summer! 🙂

  8. I have been looking at the recipes for your smoothies and I have a problem. I do not like any green leafy veggies. I have never eaten a salad in my life. (I’m 68) I despise onions, cabbage, celery, kale, etc. Is there any hope for me?

    1. Hi Frank,

      It’s all about our Simple Green Smoothie Formula that we use for every recipe. Our ratio of leafy greens to fruits helps mask any of the bitter taste that might have kept you away from them before. My husband called any leafy greens rabbit food before I introduced him to Simple Green Smoothies, and now he’s hooked. If you’re new to green smoothies, start with Beginner’s Luck!

      We’re here if you have any questions!

    2. I was/am the same way. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, etc. would always make me gag. Literally. But, bananas and other creamy fruits completely mask the taste of any leafy greens. It’s kinda crazy.

    3. Frank, my hubby shares your hatred for dark leafy greens (he will eat very simple salads) and is very cynical about trying foods. He has drunk all the SGS I’ve tried so far except ones with mango, and has actually ENJOYED some of them! Try it and enjoy that burst of energy that soon follows.

  9. After reading the name of the recipe the first thing that comes in my mind is alcohol. I’m so glad this is a healthy drink, like a faux margarita. It’s so green and nutritious.

    1. Hi Jane,

      Exactly! We hope you enjoy it! This was our go-to smoothie for Cinco de Mayo!

  10. I was wondering if you drink both servings at one time or if it’s just one serving that suffices. I’ve seen your page about how to make the smoothie a meal replacement and was wondering if you have the whole batch at one time!

    1. Hi Ananya,

      Jadah drinks at least 2 cups (16oz) every morning as a breakfast meal replacement. Jen has her’s for lunch, or an afternoon snack. We primarily suggest enjoying one 16oz smoothie at a time, and enjoying the second smoothie later in the day, or share the extra serving with a friend!

  11. Thank you for this – sounds yummy and will be next up on the list for the weekend. I also appreciate a banana free recipe, I can’t stand the smell of them, so even if you can’t taste them in the smoothies, they still have to live in your kitchen until they’re gone! Looking forward to this one!!!

    1. Hi Pauline,

      Not a banana fan? We got you covered!

      Some great banana substitutes are: Mango, Papaya, Pear, Chia seeds, Fresh dates, Nut Butters, Unsweetened applesauce, Avocado (won’t add the sweetness, but will definitely add the thick and creamy texture)!

    2. I can’t do bananas either. I have found that with most of these recipes you can just leave it out and still have a good smoothie. Sometimes it’s better if you reduce the liquid portion a bit. Just another option when you don’t have something to replace it with.

    3. Hi Cynthia,

      Thanks so much for the tip! We love Rawkstars supporting each other. 🙂