Spicy Tomato Smoothie

from The Blender Girl Smoothies book
July 12, 2012

This spicy tomato smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes just like a tomato gazpacho, and is a fantastic introduction to savory blends.

Spicy Tomato Smoothie

This spicy tomato smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes like an amazing tomato gazpacho.

I get so many emails from “green smoothie newbies” (as they refer to themselves) asking how to transition from fruit-based green smoothies to savory green smoothies. My answer is always the same: “Make vegetable green smoothies that taste like delicious gazpachos.” I’ve found that this is the easiest way to transition into more alkaline green smoothies that contain less natural sugar.

Sweet smoothies are delicious, and there is no doubt that mixing fruit with leafy greens is the most palatable way to drink your greens. However, most fruits contain a large amount of natural sugar, making them acidic in large quantities. Mixing things up and including more alkaline vegetable smoothies is a great way to increase your alkaline buffers (minerals that neutralize acids) and change your palate.

How To Make Savory Smoothies

As much as I enjoy fruit, I do not eat it on a weekly basis. My daily smoothies are typically vegetable-based blends with a bit of lemon or lime. Adding flavor enhancers like lemon or lime juice, garlic, ginger, peppers, and fresh herbs is a great way to create flavorful combinations.

Start with just 1 cup of mild-tasting greens like spinach, romaine, and radish greens, and build up from there. Greens like kale, chard, beet greens, collards greens, arugula, and dandelion greens can be bitter even small quantities when not masked with fruit. However, as your palate changes, you’ll be able to tolerate more of these greens.

Another top tip is to keep your smoothies really cold. As our taste buds are temperature sensitive, we can’t taste the full dimension of flavors when drinks are ice cold. This temperature phenomenon takes the edge of the pungency of leafy greens and earthy foods like beets. I add about 2 cups of ice when using fresh veggies.

I called this smoothie the Spicy Tomato Gazpacho Grab Smoothie in the book. This blend is a sensational introduction into savory smoothies. This smoothie is a meal replacement for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Play around with the quantities of garlic, chile, onion, and salt. I like mine with a real punch. But you might find you prefer a milder experience.

Either way, this vegetable smoothie is a winner. Enjoy!

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Spicy Tomato Smoothie

This spicy tomato smoothie from The Blender Girl Smoothies book tastes just like a tomato gazpacho, and is a fantastic introduction to savory blends. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, chopped
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion, plus more to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

optional boosters:

Instructions

  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. Tweak cilantro, onion, pepper, and pepper flakes to taste.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies book
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

Comments

Comments 19

  1. Rrrrrrrrrrr! This smoothie rocks my spicy socks…. Thank you, Tess! This is the perfect, savoury summer smoothie – Those cheeky, tangy tomatoes really hit the spot!!!! More chilli, pleasssssssssssszzzzze.

  2. As soon as our tomatoes are ripe, I am making this beauty. Sounds divine! I love savory green smoothies. Like the tip to serve cold – hadn’t gone there yet.

  3. Oh Great! I LOVE hearing this.
    I am SO pleased you are making the transition to drinking more savoury smoothies. That is WONDERFUL.
    Yes…..picking good tomatoes can be challenging these days if you don’t grow your own 🙂

  4. Like KCassidy, I found this smoothie to be a great transition between fruity smoothies and savory smoothies. So many of the savory smoothie recipes I’ve tried had veggies but lacked FLAVOR. This one has both, and was the first that I actually liked enough to share on my blog’s Facebook Page. I’ve since shared the coconut cream pie smoothie, too, and I think the pistachio ice cream one will follow soon. I should probably just write a blog post singing your praises and be done with it!

    1. Oh! I LOVE hearing this!
      I am so pleased you enjoyed this savoury smoothie. I really love it too, and it IS full of flavour.
      Thankyou for the shout out on your FB page, and your kind words too.
      I really appreciate it.

      1. I actually did have a little “Healthy Blender Recipes Love-Fest” on my blog today. I hope it introduces a new audience to your wonderful recipes!

        1. Thankyou for your lovely post, and for all of the comments here on the blog. I really appreciate the support. It is wonderful to be connected with you and your wonderful blog.

  5. You’re welcome! I’m not usually so prolific a commenter, but I also don’t usually find smoothies I like so much, either. I’ll try to cool it with the comments now. 🙂

    1. Don’t cool the comments. Keep them coming! I LOVE hearing from you and getting your feedback. I really appreciate it, so hope to hear back from you after every smoothie you try 🙂

  6. This is my first savory smoothie EVER! I normally drink fruity green smoothies. But I am fasting this week and did want only sweet smoothies; I wanted to try some different flavors. And I know this is the worst, but I don’t really like avocado. I know! Horrible. But in this smoothie, everything fits together so nicely for a really robust flavor and pleasing texture. I’ve been sipping on a big cup of it all day. And what’s great about this one is that it gets better even after sitting in the fridge. I did make one substitution: cayenne pepper instead of the Serrano chili. Still so amazing. I am going to try your “Sun-Dried Tomato Cilantro Gazpacho Greeny” next. Thank you!

    1. Oh, wonderful! I am so glad you enjoyed this as it is so much healthier than fruit-based smoothies. Yes, cayenne is an amazing substitute in this recipe, and so cleansing as well. Let me know how you like the other savory smoothies.

  7. Woohoo! I’m new to smoothies, but CANNOT eat fruit (except I sometimes eat blueberries, which are worth the stomachache). I’m so glad to have found your site, and this recipe – finally, something to do with the Parsley that Ate Chicago out in my herb bed!! Thank you!

    1. Awesome! I am so pleased you found this recipe! I don’t eat a lot of fruit either, and so savory smoothies are a lifesaver for me!

  8. I just tried this today with a regular cucumber, and I juiced half of a small lime and then put 1/4 of the peel in with it. I forgot the red pepper flakes, but I think next time I’ll add fresh jalapeno to give it the spiciness that I crave.

    I will say, this was my first savory smoothie that I drank as “brunch,” but I would drink it for breakfast when I crave something savory instead of sweet. Yum! Can’t wait to try more savories!

    P.S. The link to this says spicy tomato parsley smoothie. Was it initially made with parsley? Would you sub parsley for cilantro or just add it in to make it more green?

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