Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe

This delicious and healthy arugula smoothie is so simple, quick, and easy to make. It’s gluten free, dairy free, plant based and loaded with antioxidants! 

Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe in a glass topped with fresh arugula

A Detoxifying Arugula Smoothie (that tastes amazing!)


It’s time for another delicious and healthy smoothie recipe! 

I love smoothies this time of year. Even though it’s chilly outside, I’m usually craving refreshing, lightened up meals post-holidays and I love coupling healthy, energizing foods with the start of a brand new year. 

This delicious arugula smoothie is filling, refreshing, and contains a ton of antioxidants, protein power, healthy fats, and energy-boosting carbohydrates. Arugula, also known as “rocket” green,  is the star ingredient but the taste is subtle and blends wonderfully with the other additions. 

Overhead shot of Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe in a glass

Using Arugula in Smoothies 


Arugula is a wonderful, nutritional powerhouse in the greens category. It isn’t the most common smoothie ingredient in comparison to other greens like spinach, but it’s a fantastic addition to many smoothies as it adds a ton of nutrition and green goodness. When it comes to using arugula in smoothies, I recommend going with 1/2 cup of fresh arugula per serving of smoothie as to not overwhelm the smoothie but add just the right dose of green, arugula goodness. 

Arugula goes especially well with tropical fruits like pineapple or mango or tangy apple and cinnamon. 

Flat lay of Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe ingredients

What Does Arugula Taste Like?

Arugula is a unique leafy green and has a very specific taste. It’s rather bitter, peppery, and has almost a spicy kick to it, but not the same as a spice with heat. The flavor has some bite to it and works best in small doses and can be combined with other more subtle greens like spinach or romaine. 

In this smoothie, there’s a small hint of arugula taste but it’s subtle as the sweetness of the other ingredients tones down the arugula kick and balances it nicely. 

Ingredients for Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe spread out on a table

Health Benefits of Arugula 


Arugula is definitely considered a superfood (just like the superfoods I used in my latest smoothie recipe!) 


a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

It has incredible health benefits and can be enjoyed in many ways – smoothies, salads, on top of healthy pizza as a garnish, in a sandwich, or simply tossed with olive oil and placed alongside your favourite grilled protein. 

Arugula Smoothie Health Benefits: 


  • Is high in cancer-fighting compounds.  
  • Contains calcium for bone health support. 
  • Is a good source of immune boosting Vitamin C. 
  • Is a good source of Vitamin A which helps to boost immune function and supports overall eye, kidney, lung and heart health. 
  • Contains phytochemicals and essential minerals that boost body detoxification. 


Arugula Smoothie Ingredients


To make this tasty and nutritious smoothie you need only 8 ingredients! With a mix of whole-food, natural ingredients there’s a perfect blend of sweet, tart, smooth, and peppery flavour. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Fresh arugula
  • Banana (frozen)
  • Green apple
  • Cinnamon
  • Almond butter
  • Raw honey 
  • Vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
  • Vanilla plant protein powder or unflavoured collagen peptides

Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe in a glass with a metal straw

The protein powder in this smoothie is optional but I highly recommend adding it. The protein helps to make the smoothie more filling, balances the natural sugars from the fruit and honey, and brings in all the benefits that protein does, making this smoothie a well-rounded, well-balanced meal or snack. 


Have you ever made or tried a smoothie with arugula? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later. 


Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe in a glass topped with fresh arugula

Delicious Arugula Smoothie Recipe

Yield: Serves 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A delcious and healthy apple and arugula smoothie that is gluten free, dairy free, plant-based and loaded with antioxidants.


  • 1/2 cup fresh arugula
  • 1 small banana, frozen*
  • 1/2 green apple, cored and sliced into chunks
  • 1 heaping tablespoon natural almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (2 tablespoons) or vegan vanilla protein powder (1/4 cup)


  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until completely smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.


Peel and freeze banana ahead of time, cut into chunks - creates a creamy smoothie texture.

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Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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