Raw Red Cabbage Smoothie

Some people may find adding cabbage to smoothies a bit weird…Well, where do you draw the line though?

If other vegetables are being added to smoothies just fine, why would cabbage be an issue?

If you like cabbage, add it to your smoothies, I promise, you won’t regret it!

This red cabbage smoothie is suitable for vegans and individuals on a raw vegan diet as well. It’s free of any processed ingredients.

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Raw Red Cabbage Smoothie

Raw Red Cabbage Smoothie

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Experience the health benefits with a Raw Red Cabbage Smoothie, a nutrient-dense drink blending red cabbage with fruits for a delicious, antioxidant-rich boost

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 cups of shredded red cabbage
  • 1 gala apple (cored and diced)
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 juice of lemon
  • 2 cups of coconut water


  1. Using a high-capacity, high-speed blender (or a Nutribullet) add the cabbage first, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Blend for 4-5 minutes, or until fully processed and smooth.
  3. Serve and enjoy!
  4. *You can serve it over ice, for extra freshness!


*For recipe tips, smoothie benefits, variations, and more, scroll past the recipe!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


  • Serving Size: Per serving:
  • Calories: 180
  • Sugar: 19.9g
  • Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 35.3g
  • Fiber: 9.5g
  • Protein: 4.7g

Why You Will Love This Purple Cabbage Smoothie

glass cup filled with purple cabbage smoothie

This fruity citrus purple cabbage smoothie is not only tasty but also super nutritious.

It combines fresh natural ingredients which all contribute to benefits, and unique flavors of their when, which all mingle very well harmoniously in this drink.

Here’s why I think you will love this smoothie as much as I do:

  • Unique Flavor Profile: The combination of sweet apple with the mild peppery flavor of red cabbage creates a unique and enjoyable flavor profile, appealing to those looking for something different from the usual green smoothie.
  • Refreshing and Hydrating: The addition of coconut water and lemon juice makes this smoothie exceptionally refreshing and hydrating, perfect for starting the day or recharging after a workout.
  • Natural Energy Boost: With natural sugars from the apple and hydration from the coconut water, this smoothie provides a healthy, energizing boost without the need for caffeine or added sugars.
  • Easy to Make: This smoothie requires simple ingredients and a quick blend, making it an easy, fuss-free option for busy mornings or a quick snack.
  • Visually Appealing: The vibrant purple hue from the red cabbage makes this smoothie not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes, perfectly ‘Instagramable‘.
  • Versatility: It’s easy to customize based on preferences or dietary needs. 

If you enjoy this raw purple cabbage smoothie, I think you will also love my weight-loss cabbage smoothie.

Optional Recipe Changes & Smoothie Notes 

blended cabbage smoothie being poured into a glass cup

There are several different customizations you can make to this recipe should you want to.

Here is a list of some customizations you can make based on my own experimentations:

  1. Swap The Apple: If apple isn’t your favorite fruit in smoothies, you can add creamier fruits, such as banana, mango, or pineapple. 
  2. Add Protein: You can add protein to the smoothie by incorporating protein powder, or yogurt. However, adding these ingredients will not only change the taste of the smoothie but change the dietary suitability. 
  3. Greens: You can incorporate leafy greens such as watercress, kale, or spinach, and still keep this smoothie raw but add more nutrients.
  4. Nutty Boost: Add a tablespoon of nut butter, such as almond butter for a creamier nutty smoothie.

Raw Red Cabbage Smoothie


Blender Type Suitability
Nutribullet 600
Vitamix Blender Propel 510
BlendJet 4000mAh x
Ninja Blender BL610
Oster 6640 Blender x
Hamilton Beach 58148A Blender x
AMZChef Blender 1800 W
Wamife Blender

Since cabbage is not easy to break down, you will require a powerful blender.

The cheapest high-speed blender I can suggest that you invest in is a Nutribullet-600. 

If you have a higher budget, definitely invest in a Vitamix Blender though!


Type Of Diet Suitable
Raw Food-Friendly

Smoothie FAQs:

Is It Necessary To Use Coconut Water? Can I Use Regular Water Or Another Liquid?

Coconut water is chosen for its electrolytes and mild sweetness, but you can substitute it with regular water or almond milk. Each alternative will change the flavor of the drink slightly, so choose based on your taste preference and nutritional goals.

How can I Make The Smoothie Sweeter Without Adding Sugar?

If you find the smoothie needs additional sweetness, consider adding a natural sweetener like stevia or a bit more apple. A ripe banana can also add sweetness while providing a creamy texture.

How Do I Store Leftover Blended Cabbage Smoothie?

For fridge storage, place the smoothie in a sealed container or a mason jar and consume it within 24 hours to enjoy its freshness and nutritional benefits. If you prefer to freeze it, pour the smoothie into ice cube trays or a freezer-safe container. Frozen smoothie cubes can be blended again for a quick, icy drink, ideal for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the fridge if using a container, and give it a good stir or blend before enjoying.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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