Summer brings the loooooooong, hot days, but also the best fruit if you’re craving a melon smoothie. Melons are packed with natural sweetness and loaded with hydration, making them one of my favorite fruits to blend in hot temperatures.
If you’re looking for a way to beat the heat in the kitchen, this smoothie is for you.
I used watermelon in this smoothie, yet you can easily swap it for another summer melon like cantaloupe or honeydew. (Just make sure to remove the seeds first.) Watermelon is low in sugar, high in antioxidants and exploded with flavor, which is why you need to blend this melon smoothie while it’s in season!
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How to Pick a Ripe Melon
I’ve spent a lot of time at the market picking up watermelons to try and find the perfectly ripe one. Yet, I have no idea what I’m doing. I want to blend this melon smoothie ASAP! So I Googled ‘how to pick a watermelon’ and got some great tips from The Pioneer Woman:
- It should be heavy (small or large)
- There should be a side that’s more yellow, from it sitting on the ground
- Once you find the yellow spot, knock on it. If it sounds hollow, then you’ve got a winner!
- Take it home, cut it up, and blend this melon smoothie before anyone else gobbles up all the watermelon!
Helpful Melon Smoothie Swaps
Watermelon is a unique fruit for smoothies, because it has two purposes:
- It’s the fruit
- It’s also your liquid. (I usually recommend blending one cup of liquid for most smoothie recipes, yet when it comes to melon smoothies, I lower the amount of actual liquid to compensate for the water inside the melon.)
This melon smoothie has NO liquid… and that’s on purpose. I want my smoothie to be drinkable, yet not juice. The 1 1/2 cups of fresh watermelon gives me all the water I need for this smoothie.
If you’re needing to swap out the watermelon, I suggest swapping for another fruit in the family: cantaloupe, honeydew or even zucchini. Swaps will change the taste, so you might need to add a banana or peaches to keep this melon smoothie sweet with any substitutions you make.
Blending with Melons FAQs
Berries! Herbs! Leafy Greens! Oh… but for real. All of these are great additions to this summertime fruit. I like pairing it with berries because they add sweetness + tartness to the mix, all while keeping the natural sugar content low.
What’s your favorite melon? Just toss that into your blender with at least one frozen fruit to create a refreshing smoothie. You can blend watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe in smoothies and create something delicious.
The biggest key is not adding too much liquid. Watermelon is already full of water, so try leaving out any extra liquid first, then add a bit of water if needed after your first blend. This melon smoothie should have plenty of liquid without adding any extra.
More Melon Smoothie Recipes
Simple smoothies are my jam, and this melon smoothie hits all the marks! It’s just 4 ingredients, mix + match the berries, melon, and leafy greens with whatever you’ve got on hand. It’s super easy to blend, and can really take the edge off a hot day. If you want more melon smoothies, check out these recipes:
Ruby red watermelon smoothie
If you’re looking for a smoothie without the greens, then try my summer watermelon smoothie. It’s incredibly gorgeous for those of you that choose recipes based on looks.
Melon smoothie popsicles
Need something a little more frozen? Then try these super simple watermelon popsicles. Only 2 ingredients, but oh so yummy! You could even turn the melon smoothie below into popsicles by pouring it into molds then freezing, after blending.
Classic melon smoothie
Try a strawberry watermelon smoothie with a ginger kick for an immunity boost. Even though it’s summer, germs always seem to find their way into my household for the summer cold + flu. This is a great immune booster and still tastes great!
Don’t forget to leave a comment + rating once you’ve blended up this melon smoothie. I’d love to know how you liked it!
Summer Melon Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 ½ cups watermelon chilled
- ¼ cup strawberries frozen
- ¼ cup blackberries
- 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
- Blend spinach and watermelon together first (until all leafy chunks are gone)
- Add strawberries and blackberries and blend again.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.
- Can also use other berries such as raspberries and blueberries.
- Use at least 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie.
- Swap spinach with the leafy greens of your choice.