Tropical Cilantro Smoothie

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Posted on January 21, 2015
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Three weeks into January. Are we still sticking with our resolutions and putting green things in our smoothies? Or are we back to blending up pie, ice cream and booze?

I’m doing a little bit of both. Because it’s all about balance.

But green smoothies aren’t just a January thing for me. I drink them ALL year round. Can’t stop, won’t stop. So I’m no stranger to putting all manner of leafy vegetables into my blender. But when I saw a recipe on The Kitchn that called for an entire cup of cilantro in a smoothie, I was all like “noooooo waaaaayyy”.

Now, I’m not one of those cilantro haters. I LOVE IT. You better be putting extra cilantro in my tacos and on top of my chili, please. However, a whole cup in a smoothie sounded a bit intense. But since I’m nothing if not adventurous in the kitchen, I decided to give it a whirl (get it?).

And now we can officially add another thing to my list of obsessions. It’s getting to be rather long list I must say. I’m kind of in love with everything lately.

The key to this smoothie recipe is making sure the banana and pineapple are really ripe so you can take advantage of all their natural sweetness. And no need to trim the cilantro. Just toss it in by the handfuls – stems and all!



Recipe adapted from The Kitchn

Tropical Cilantro Smoothie

Serves 2

Tropical Cilantro Smoothie


  • 2 cups peeled pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 peeled and frozen banana, cut into chunks
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 (14 ounce) can light coconut milk


  1. Add all of the ingredients to your blender. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into a glasses and enjoy immediately.


1. You can used canned pineapple in this recipe.


  • Wow, a cilantro smoothie? I’m so intrigued, Liz! I would’ve never thought to add that into a smoothie. Sounds so refreshing and delicious!


    • I know. I was skeptical. But it’s good! Let me know what you think if you try it out!

  • My sister and I are cilantro lovers. Sending this to her now. She thanks you in advance 🙂


    • Yeah! I’ll be waiting to hear back from her! 🙂

  • Okay, you have me convinced to a cilantro smoothie!! Looks amazing!


    • Thanks, Lauren. Glad you’re convinced!

  • I am also a bit wary of so much cilantro in something, but as a cilantro lover if you say this is good I am going to have to try it out! Sounds so interesting + fresh!


    • It’s is very refreshing! Let me know if you try it!

  • I would never have thought to add cilantro to a smoothie! It’s one of my favorite herbs, so it makes sense that I would love it — especially with these tropical flavors!


    • I know! Seems obvious now that I’ve done it. But it never occurred to me before. Now I’m addicted!

  • Love all the natural flavors happening here, this looks so good!


    • Thanks, Matt! It’s a vacation in a glass!

  • I love this smoothie- those flavours all sound so amazing. I haven’t really been sticking to any January resolutions…eating way too much cake and chocolate already! I could definitely do with one of these smoothies right now to detox! Lovely recipe, Liz! 😀


    • Yeah, me neither! Green smoothie for breakfast and cake for lunch! Ha ha!

  • I have a smoothie recipe that I use cilantro too! It’s so refreshing! I was at a whole foods and they put it in theirs, and I’ve been addicted ever since!


    • I was surprised at how good it is. I’m totally addicted now!

  • Totally love cilantro and never thought of it in a smoothie! Love 🙂


    • I know, right? It’s surprisingly good in smoothies!

  • Heck yes! I have yet to try herbs in my smoothies, but I hear it’s wonderful! I bet parsley would be great in this thang too. Oh.the.possibilites. Considering I can’t seem to stay away from the wine and cheese, I need bevvies like this in my life for a little system re-set 😀


    • Totally. Smoothie for breakfast, cake for lunch. That’s my motto. Can we make t-shirts that say that??

  • I have a smoothie every morning and it makes a huge difference in how I feel. This looks delicious. I’ve never had cilantro in a smoothie so I’ll have to give it a try!


    • Let me know how you like it!

  • I agree, smoothies are the best! One or two a day make me feel fantastic! I’ve been curious about cilantro in smoothies so I’m so happy you tried this out! What fabulous flavors and cilantro is a powerhouse of nutrients, so I can see how this would be so nourishing! I bet it is so creamy and refreshing! Putting this on my to try list! Thank you Liz!! (one can never have too many smoothie recipes!)


    • You’re welcome, Traci! Let me know if you try it out. And yes, I think the cilantro and pineapple are both great for detoxifying the body. So this is really good for you, but tastes like a treat still!

  • Wow, I never in a million years would have thought to put cilantro in a smoothie. I love the tropical twist with these too! Such a creative recipe, Liz! 🙂


    • Thanks, Beth. I know, it seems strange. But it’s so good and I’m glad I tried it!

  • I’m TRYING to still do the green thing, but definitely doing the booze thing, too. 😉 I’ve never put cilantro in a smoothie, but I HAVE put it in a margarita!! LOL!! I need to try it in a smoothie because this one sounds delish!


    • I suppose you could toss in a little tequila! Ha ha. Thanks, Jess! 🙂

  • I love cilantro in smoothies! But I haven’t tried combining it with coconut milk before, that’s such a good idea. I’ve gotta get my hands on the ingredients for this and fire up my blender. Thanks for the recipe!


    • Thanks, Katie! Let me know how you like it!

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