This refreshing cucumber strawberry smoothie makes for such a delicious breakfast or snack to enjoy in the summer or any time of the year. It is packed with wholesome ingredients, ready within 5 minutes and very versatile too. It features cooling cucumber, strawberries, banana and a small handful of fresh mint (optional, but recommended!). Perfect for busy mornings and this smoothie is naturally vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.
Give yourself a delicious boost of energy with this cucumber strawberry smoothie!
We enjoy smoothies regularly, especially in the morning to complement a very simple breakfast. I just love how you can whip them up in seconds and the amount of nutrition they bring to your diet is quite impressive for so little effort.
But this week with the weather warming up a bit, I was looking for something very summery that bursts with freshness and that carries a more subtle sweet flavor, so I made this cucumber smoothie. Plus, it is pink. Who can turn down a drink that's pink?
It is filled with hydrating cucumber that gives this smoothie such a nice cooling effect, plus including this vegetable in this smoothie boosts it with a ton of nutrients, such as potassium, fiber and vitamin C.
I know cucumber in smoothies might sound a little odd, but you have to try it out! It is really good!
In this case, the cucumber is paired with sweet strawberries and a frozen banana, to give it that amazing creamy milkshake-like consistency. Although optional, I absolutely enjoyed also including a small amount of fresh mint. It actually didn’t taste like mint that much, but blending just a few leaves made the smoothie feel so fresh and vibrant!
This recipe is also ultra creamy, thanks to the frozen banana and oat milk. This combo keeps the smoothie so velvety and rich while making it naturally vegan and dairy-free.
I used frozen strawberries this time, but you can totally use fresh strawberries if that's what you have. Keep reading and I'll give you some tips on how to ensure your smoothie is frosty and thick even when using fresh fruits.
Let me know if you gave it a try! ❤️
Highlights of this recipe
- Refreshing and provides an amazing cooling effect
- Requires only 5 simple ingredients!
- Can help you stay hydrated on a hot day
- Using frozen berries when not in season can be more convenient and less expensive than using fresh
- Ultra creamy and velvety
- Healthy and made without added sugar or sweetener
- Loaded with nutrition, such as fiber, vitamins and antioxidants.
- Very easy and quick to prepare
- Naturally vegan, dairy-free, soy-free and gluten-free
Ingredients you'll need
- Cucumber: I used half of an English cucumber, but you can also use about 2 Lebanese small cucumbers too. If you make it with a larger garden cucumber, then I recommend to peel it and also to remove the seeds + watery interior for best texture and to prevent a sour or bitter flavor.
- Strawberries: I used frozen strawberries to create a thicker and frosty smoothie consistency, but during berry season, then I would probably use fresh strawberries.
- Frozen banana: adds more sweetness naturally and using frozen banana opposed to fresh really adds a lot of creaminess to the smoothie, so try not to swap for fresh banana.
- Plant-based milk: use any kind you like, although I like oat milk best for drinks since it is so creamy and thicker. You can use a vanilla flavored milk as well, although they usually also include extra sugar.
- Mint: this is optional, but just a few leaves add so much freshness without overpowering the overall flavor. You should try it out!
How to make a cucumber strawberry smoothie
This simple smoothie recipe should be ready within 2 minutes, making it the perfect last-minute healthy snack for you or your kids. Keep reading below where I share more variations to customize your refreshing drink to your preference!
In a blender, add the plant-based milk, cucumber, frozen banana, frozen strawberries and mint.
Blend on high until very smooth without any obvious pieces of fruit or vegetables. You can take a break to scrape the walls and make sure all the ingredients were blended completely. You can also add a little more milk to help blending if necessary, but go slow so it does not make it too thin.
Pour in between 2 serving glasses and enjoy right away!
- When blending frozen fruits, I recommend to first add the liquids to your blender and then the fruits. This will help the blending process.
- If making it using fresh strawberries, then add a few ice cubes to keep the consistency thick and frosty. You can also include a little more frozen banana in that case too.
- If your frozen strawberries are very large, then you can roughly slice them first before adding to your blender to make it easier to blend to smooth .
- This recipe will give you 2 regular size smoothies. If you are making a smoothie just for you, then you can use half the amount of ingredients. In that case, it would be easier to blend if using a smaller blender container.
This smoothie is amazing for breakfast, paired with toasts or a vanilla overnight oats, but also makes for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up treat or after workout snack.
I like to garnish my smoothie with more slices of cucumber and strawberry with also some extra leaves of mint for a nice appetizing finish. Enjoy using a straw, if you can.
For a treat that's very milkshake-like, then you can also top with whipped cream, which would be a great way to sneak in some extra fruit and veggies into your kids's diet without them seeing a thing.
You can also make a smoothie bowl using this recipe, which would be such a treat for breakfast in the morning for the summer. In that case, make sure to use only frozen fruits and omit the milk altogether. If you have a Vitamix, then use your tamper to keep the thick mixture closer to the blades. Serve in a bowl and garnish with vanilla granola, more berries, chia seeds or any favorite toppings. You can check out my strawberry smoothie bowl recipe for more inspiration!
Like most smoothies, you can adjust the ingredients to your taste or what you already have in your house. Here are a few customization ideas:
- Green smoothie: add a large handful of baby spinach or kale and make yourself a healthy nutrient-packed smoothie! Baby spinach are mostly flavorless and will boost your drink with more plant-based protein, fiber and antioxidants.
- Protein-boosted: if you like protein powders, then feel-free to add some. A pea protein powder would work fine here and choose a vanilla flavored one if you can.
- Sweetener: I find this smoothie recipe sweet enough for my taste buds, but if you are looking for a sweeter smoothie or if your strawberries aren’t that sweet, then you can add a few sweet frozen cherries or 1-3 pitted Medjool dates to the blender. In a pinch, simply add a splash of maple syrup!
- Zesty: this cucumber smoothie recipe would definitely work well with more zesty flavors, which would make it even more fresh. So, don't hesitate to add a splash of lime juice or lime zest to the blender.
- Tropical: add some frozen pineapple or mango to make a refreshing tropical drink.
- Ultra creamy: if using frozen banana and strawberries, then your smoothie should be really thick and creamy. But, sometimes I'll add a cashew yogurt to my smoothie, which makes it even more velvety + creamy and adds a mild tangy flavor too. And for my kids, to boost the calorie and fat content of their smoothie, I'll often add a few cashews to the blender, which makes it ultra creamy!
- Switch up the herbs: in the summer, I'll make smoothies using fresh basil and even cilantro, which would both work great in this recipe.
- Spiced up: a pinch of cinnamon, cardamom or nutmeg would be great in this smoothie. You can also include vanilla extract!
Serve this smoothie right away to fully experience the frosty consistency, it melts fast!
If you have more smoothie than you can enjoy, then you can pour in a popsicle mold and enjoy them on a stick another day!
Yes you can, although this would make your smoothie less sweet and probably less creamy too. I would suggest adding more strawberries or frozen mango to compensate and help keep it frosty and thick.
You can make this smoothie recipe using a regular blender without any problem. You might have to blend for a little longer to ensure the smoothie is completely crushed and very smooth.
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I hope you enjoy this cucumber strawberry smoothie recipe as much as we do! If you try it, please leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let me know how it was. Your feedback is so helpful!
Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie
- 1½ cups frozen strawberries - sliced if large (or fresh, see notes)
- 1 frozen banana - broken in pieces
- ½ English cucumber - roughly chopped
- 1 cup plant-based milk (I used oat milk) - or more if needed for blending
- a few leaves of mint - optional, to add freshness
- To a blender, add the milk, cucumber, frozen strawberries, frozen banana and mint (if using).
- Blend on high until creamy. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more milk + mix using a spatula, then blend again. Try not to add too much extra liquid so the smoothie is thick.
- Serve in 2 large glasses and garnish with sliced cucumber, strawberry and more mint leaves, if desired. Enjoy right away!
- You can also use fresh strawberries, especially during berry season. In that case, make sure to use a frozen banana and add a few ice cubes if necessary to keep your smoothie nice and frosty.
- This recipe makes for 2 servings, which you can cut in half if making it only for you. I find smaller amounts of smoothie or sauce to blend easier when using a smaller blender container, something to keep in mind.
- Feel-free to customize your smoothie to your taste. Here are some booster ideas: cinnamon or vanilla extract, hemp seeds, protein powder, vegan cashew yogurt, baby spinach, pineapple, etc. Check out the blog post for more ideas!