Fresh cantaloupe, orange juice, ginger, and mint …
I adapted this recipe from a vintage (1997) issue of Veggie Life. They were calling it soup; I poured mine into a glass and called it a smoothie. Sweet, tangy, and zesty. Refreshing and oddly energizing.
Admittedly, this smoothie is not for everyone. If you like your smoothies on the sugary-sweet side, this one’s probably not for you. But if you love cantaloupe and/or ginger, or prefer your smoothies be less sweet, do try this!
IMPORTANT: This tastes “ok” straight from the blender, but AMAZING after it’s had time to chill. So perhaps make a batch in the evening before bed, store it in the refrigerator overnight, and then in the morning you’ll have two tall glasses of cantaloupe ginger smoothies.
- 3 cups Cantaloupe, cubed (About half a good-sized cantaloupe)
- 3/4 cups Orange Juice (I used Tropicana straight out of the bottle)
- 1/4 cup Lemon Juice (Fresh squeezed, please!)
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh Ginger
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup non-dairy Yogurt
- A few sprigs of Mint, torn or chopped
- Combine cantaloupe, orange juice, lemon juice, ginger, and salt in blender. Process until smooth.
- Add yogurt. If you’re using store-bought yogurt, it will have thickeners and you’ll need to use less – about 1/4 cup. If you’re using homemade yogurt, it will be a little thinner and runnier so you can use up to 1/2 cup.
- Add the mint.
- Blend again.
- Chill for at least 4 hours.
- If, after chilling, the smoothie still doesn’t taste sweet enough to you, try adding another pinch of salt before reaching for the sweetener.
- If it’s too thick, add a tablespoon more orange juice.
- You can also try using fresh basil leaves instead of mint, or adding a small pinch of cinnamon.