Green Smoothie with Cilantro Microgreens
Makes 2 servings
Cilantro is one of those culinary herbs that people either love or hate, and cilantro microgreens – the young edible seedlings of cilantro – are just as divisive. Now, if you are one of those people who love the unique flavor of cilantro, you are in for a treat—that is, if you also like green smoothies! The following smoothie recipe pairs nutrient-packed cilantro microgreens with banana, mango, baby spinach, ginger and apple juice to create an invigorating green smoothie that is sure to tickle your taste buds.
But where can I buy cilantro microgreens, you ask. Well, chances are you won't be able to find these nutritious mini-greens at your local grocery store, but the good news is that is super-easy to grow your own cilantro microgreens at home, any time of year! All you need to do is fill a shallow tray with some organic potting soil and cilantro microgreen or sprouting seeds (you can buy them through Amazon here), put the tray on a sunny windowsill, and keep the soil moist but not soggy. After a few weeks, your little indoor garden should start yielding lovely cilantro seedlings that are a few inches tall—this is when you want to harvest your cilantro microgreens and use them in smoothies, salads, sandwiches and soups.
Got no patience to start growing mircogreens? You can still use the green smoothie recipe below—just replace the microgreens the recipe calls for with mature cilantro leaves.
- 1 small banana, peeled, sliced and frozen
- 1/2 mango, peeled and diced
- 2 cups baby spinach, rinsed
- 1 handful cilantro microgreens, rinsed
- ½ tsp grated ginger
- 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
- Water, as needed
- Place the banana, mango chunks, baby spinach, cilantro microgreens, ginger and apple juice in a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth.
- Check the consistency. If the smoothie is too thick to your liking, add water, and blend again. Serve immediately.
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You can now have an indoor microgreen garden even if you don't have a windowsill!