Green Arugula Smoothie with Ginger and Pineapple

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Smoothies, such as this green arugula smoothie with ginger and pineapple, are a quick and easy way to up the amount of vegetables in your diet. Get this delicious and healthy recipe here!

top view of a bright green smoothie in a clear glass topped with a sprinkle of hemp seeds.
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🥬 Can Arugula Be Used in Smoothies?

You might wonder what place a peppery green has in a smoothie, but it does indeed work. Other ingredients such as fruit and spices, lend a nice touch of sweetness to balance out the sharp flavor notes of the arugula.

a bright green arugula smoothie recipe in a clear glass with a metal straw garnished with small white seeds.
Vibrant, nutritious arugula smoothie.

❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super quick and easy to make.
  • Refreshing and flavorful, with tropical notes.
  • Packed with vitamins and nutrients.
  • Vibrant and healthy.
  • Fun and unique.
  • Naturally vegan, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free.
a close side view of a vibrant green arugula smoothie topped with white hemp seeds.

🗒️ Ingredient Notes

Arugula: Fresh arugula, baby or regular, will work well in this recipe. The health benefits of arugula are many! This underrated superfood is rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, antioxidants, protein and iron. If you do not have enough arugula for the recipe, you can replace about half of it with fresh cilantro, for a similar tasting smoothie.

Banana: The addition of a frozen banana lends to both the creamy texture and hint of sweetness. Omit if you are not a fan. Use a ripe banana for maximum sweetness.

Pineapple: The sweet and tangy notes of pineapple help balance the sharp peppery notes of arugula and also lend a subtle delicious tropical undertone and a nice consistency throughout.

Ginger: Ginger pairs well with both arugula and pineapple and helps round out the flavors. It adds a subtle spicy kick, but not overpowering. Still, if you are sensitive to ginger or spicy food, feel free to omit.

Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds are nutrition powerhouses rich in healthy fatty acids, protein, dietary fiber, potassium, iron and vitamin A. If you do not have any on hand, you can substitute with chia seeds or flax seeds, or omit altogether.

Liquid sweetener: A touch of maple syrup helps balance the strong fresh green flavor you find in green smoothies, especially the peppery taste of arugula. You can also use raw honey, agave syrup, date syrup, a sugar-free syrup or omit if need be.

Cinnamon: A hint of ground cinnamon adds a touch of sweet flavor and that nice warming effect.

Vanilla: Vanilla is one of my favorite additions to any smoothie recipe. The mellow warmth and natural sweetness that vanilla lends, smooths over any rough edges in the other ingredients.

Milk: I like to use oat milk, but any plant-based milk like coconut milk or unsweetened almond milk will work, as well as conventional dairy milk. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even use a favorite juice instead.

top view of a green smoothie made with arugula, pineapple, ginger, banana and spices.

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  1. 5 stars
    I love arugula but have never liked it in smoothies before, so I was skeptical, but this was so yummy! The flavors really work together. My new favorite smoothie. Thank you!

  2. 5 stars
    Wow! I was rather sceptical to start with, but this is amazing! Ginger and pineapple work so well with arugula (or rocket as we call it in the UK)! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    Look at that color! Love the vibrance of arugula and it pairs so well with the ginger and pineapple in this recipe. Great smoothie!

  4. 5 stars
    Very delicious using all the healthy ingredients we were pleasantly surprised on the taste so good!