Summer brings the long, hot days and also the best fruit. Watermelon is the #1 fruit I think about when I’m out on a long run, especially during summers in Florida. Low in sugar, high in antioxidants + flavor, this melon smoothie is the perfect addition to your adventures.

Watermelon blueberry smoothie
Table of Contents
  1. Melon Smoothie Recipes
  2. How to Pick a Ripe Melon
  3. Smoothie Swaps
  4. FAQs
  5. More summer smoothie recipes
  6. Summer Melon Smoothie Recipe

Melon Smoothie Recipes

Simple smoothies are my jam, and the melon smoothie below 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.

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 natural defense against any unwanted bugs, and still tastes great!

summer fruits in a smoothie

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:

  1. It should be heavy (small or large)
  2. There should be a side that’s more yellow, from it sitting on the ground
  3. Once you find the yellow spot, knock on it. If it sounds hollow, then you’ve got a winner!
  4. Take it home, cut it up, and blend this melon smoothie before anyone else gobbles up all the watermelon!
delicious summer recipe

Smoothie Swaps

Watermelon is a unique fruit for smoothies, because it has 2 purposes: fruit + liquid. I recommend adding 1 cup of liquid to most smoothie recipes, yet when it comes to watermelon, I lower the amount of actual liquid to compensate for the load of water inside the melon.

In fact, 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 juicy watermelon gives me all the water I need for this beverage.

If you’re needing to swap out the watermelon, I suggest swapping for another fruit in the family: cantaloupe, zucchini, or muskmelon. Swaps will change the taste, so you might need to add a bit of maple syrup to keep this melon smoothie sweet with any substitutions you make.

melon smoothie ingredients


What fruit goes well with melon?

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 are the best fruits to put in a smoothie?

What’s your fav fruit? Answer, then toss that into your blender! I add at least 1 frozen fruit to ensure a refreshing smoothie, yet all kinds of fruits go great in smoothies.

How do you make a smoothie with watermelon?

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 summer smoothie recipes

Blending seasonal smoothies helps me get the most bang for my buck at the grocery store as well as ensure the best tasting + most nutritious ingredients. First try the melon smoothie recipe below, then check out these cooling summer time smoothie recipes:

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!

melon smoothie
4.60 from 100 votes

Summer Melon Smoothie

Summer brings the long, hot days and also the best fruit. This summer melon smoothie is sweet and packed with antioxidant rich plants.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1


  • 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.


Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 27mg, Potassium: 536mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 4192IU, Vitamin C: 56mg, Calcium: 62mg, 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. This one just wasn’t for me. I’m sure plenty of others love it . I don’t really love watermelon in smoothies even though the combination with berries sounds so great.

  2. 4 stars
    Flavor is nice, but this smoothie is less creamy with the high water content from the watermelon. Not my favorite as a meal replacement (with additions), but nice as a refreshing snack.

  3. 5 stars
    This has to be my FAVORITE smoothie (favorite with watermelon at least)! This is absolutely delicious! I could drink this EVERY day! My watermelon was pretty sweet and the flavor really shines through! This will be in heavy rotation for me this summer! If you’re a fan of watermelon this is a MUST!

  4. 5 stars
    I though this was going to be too sweet with the watermelon, but it was perfect! Great combo of berries with the spinach and watermelon. I added some chia seeds just for kicks.

  5. 4 stars
    The ingredients in the 10-Day Challenge Guide made it sound really good, but it didn’t taste that way. Maybe adding ginger, as you suggested, would help.