This watermelon smoothie is a cool + sweet thirst quencher that you’ll be sipping all summer. A vibrant red smoothie loaded with antioxidants and hydration.

watermelon smoothie gold rimmed glass with paper straw and watermelon wedge.

Want a refreshing, vitamin-packed smoothie that doubles as a kid-pleasing snack? This watermelon smoothie is a cool and sweet thirst quencher that you’ll be sipping on all season long. Packed with watermelon, cherries and strawberries, this quintessential summer smoothie is quick and easy to make and perfect for freezing as popsicles.

With just four simple ingredients, you’re on your way to an invigorating, naturally-sweetened, healthy summer treat.

Table of Contents
  1. 5 Watermelon Smoothie Tips
  2. Health Benefits of a Summer Smoothie
  3. Watermelon Smoothie FAQs
  4. More Summer Beverage Recipes
  5. Summer Watermelon Smoothie Recipe
ingredients for a delicious summer smoothie on a wooden cutting board including watermelon, lime, cherries and strawberries.

5 Watermelon Smoothie Tips

  1. Since watermelon is over 90% water by weight, you don’t need to add any extra liquid or ice to this smoothie.
  2. Use seedless watermelon for this recipe. No need to spend all day picking out watermelon seeds!
  3. Using frozen cherries and frozen strawberries rather than fresh ones yields a cool and frosty drink. If using fresh, add ice cubes to the blender.
  4. Serve this smoothie immediately after making it. The longer it sits, the more the watermelon separates from the other ingredients.
  5. Want popsicles? Freeze the smoothie in freezer pop molds to make homemade popsicles for the kids.
whole ingredients in a blender container including lime, cherries, strawberries and watermelon.

Health Benefits of a Summer Smoothie

Summer is overflowing with nutrient-dense produce. Take advantage of these ruby red, antioxidant-rich ingredients!

Watermelon

Watermelon has high water content, so it’s the perfect fruit for hydration. All that water doesn’t mean it’s lacking in powerful antioxidants. Watermelon actually has about 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Lycopene can help curb your risk of cancer and heart disease as well as offers some protective effects against damaging UV rays.

Strawberries

Strawberries add filling fiber to this watermelon smoothie as well as vitamin C and other beneficial antioxidants. Blood sugar regulation, reducing heart disease risk and boosting immunity are just some of the health benefits of adding strawberries to your diet.

Cherries

Cherries are also high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants. These powerful antioxidants may protect against cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as Alzheimer’s. Anti-inflammatory compounds in cherries may help reduce muscle pain and damage.

watermelon smoothie with chia seeds sprinkled on top in a glass with a paper straw.

Watermelon Smoothie FAQs

What fruit mixes well with watermelon?

My watermelon smoothie blends cherries, watermelon, strawberries and lime. It’s super refreshing and antioxidant-loaded!

Is it okay to blend watermelon?

Yes! When using any kind of melon in a smoothie, I cut back on the amount of liquid. Watermelon contains enough water on its own that you don’t need any more liquid. Also, don’t forget to remove the seeds!

Can I freeze watermelon?

Watermelon acts as both the liquid and fruit in a smoothie. If you freeze the watermelon, be sure to add extra liquid to help it blend well.

2 glasses of red smoothie surrounded by fresh cherries, strawberries and watermelons.

More Summer Beverage Recipes

If you loved sipping my watermelon smoothie then check out these other excellent fruit smoothie options to cool down on a hot day:

Summer is the perfect time to stock up on fresh produce. You can freeze it to use to enjoy summer smoothies all winter long, or freeze smoothie packs to enjoy as well.

Will you rate + review this recipe once you’ve tried it? I so value your feedback!

4.65 from 390 votes

Summer Watermelon Smoothie

Want a refreshing, vitamin-packed smoothie that doubles as a kid-pleasing snack? This watermelon smoothie is a cool and sweet thirst quencher that you’ll be sipping on all summer long.
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Beverage, Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • ¼ cup cherries frozen
  • 2 cups watermelon chopped
  • ¼ cup strawberries frozen
  • ½ lime peeled
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds optional
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Add watermelon, strawberries, cherries and lime juice to the blender.
  • Blend on high speed until nice and smooth.
  • Pour into cups and sprinkle with chia seeds on top.

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Notes

  • Use seedless watermelon if you don’t have time to pick out the seeds before blending.
  • If using frozen watermelon, thaw ahead of time or add 1/2 cup liquid to help it blend well.
  • To lower the natural sugar, swap the cherries out for blueberries or raspberries, or add in a plant based protein powder to help your body process the natural sugar.

Nutrition

Calories: 135kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 4mg, Potassium: 506mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 26g, Vitamin A: 1773IU, Vitamin C: 58mg, Calcium: 43mg, Iron: 1mg
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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. I liked this smoothly, it was refreshing and felt like summer please remember to freeze as much of the fruit a couple of hours before blending as it has a tendency to become Waterloo soon after blending.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! This smoothie is the ultimate refresher! It’s like having sherbert for breakfast! I love, love, love it!❤❤❤. I didn’t have cherries, so used blueberries. Added and blended in the chia (instead of using it to top off) and added a scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder.

    1. 3 stars
      Delicious, but I don’t want it for breakfast! Feels like a sugar bomb. Would love to sip on it in the evening on the porch. I took a taste, put it in the fridge and made myself something a little greener for breakfast!

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe! I love watermelon and this turned out to be a really refreshing treat!

    1. 5 stars
      Oh my goodness! This is delicious!!!
      I have never peeled a lime before, but it was worth it! The flavor is fantastic!!

  4. 5 stars
    I suggest liquifying the watermelon and slowly adding the frozen fruit into the instructions.

  5. 4 stars
    Really liked this one. A bit too rich for me at first but easy to drink it after a few sips

  6. 5 stars
    Lovely and super refreshing! Starting the summer smoothie challenge early because I had a lot of leftover watermelon from Memorial Day weekend. This is simply wonderful flavors! Might be my favorite!! Mint would be a nice addition I think. Would love to make this after a hot day working in the yard!

    1. Oooooh – I love that, Leslie!! Great suggestion!

  7. 5 stars
    Have you tried yellow watermelon? I’m growing that in my garden and wonder what it would be like in a smoothie!

    1. Ooooh! Now you have us wondering too! We’ll keep an eye out for it and be sure to let us know if you give it a blend in your next smoothie!

  8. 5 stars
    Hi Jen! Same temps here in AZ. Running out to buy a watermelon right now!! This smoothie is just what we need. Yum!

    1. Hope you loved it, Karen! Such a delicious + healthy way to stay cool in the hot summer temps!

    1. Olivia,

      Did you know that watermelon also helps protect your skin from the sun? So this smoothie is perfect when you’re out trying to beat the heat!

  9. 5 stars
    I’m not a watermelon fan, but I think I’ll make this recipe as popsicles for my daughter. She’ll love them!

    1. Yes!! I use our popsicle sleeves and it’s a perfect summer treat without worrying about added sugar or ingredients you can’t pronounce!