Lacinato Kale Green Smoothie with Mango and Orange

[This post is part of my Green Smoothie series]

Kale, one of the healthiest greens out there is perfect to use in a smoothie. I typically use curly kale but this time I blended Lacinato or Tuscan kale, of the dinosaur kale variety. A little history lesson: Lacinato kale, enjoyed by the Romans, has been grown in Italy for centuries and is used in much of Italian cuisine. The taste is also a bit milder and sweeter than curly kale, perfect for a morning green smoothie!

The leaves are long, darker in color with a blue-green hue and a rough texture, somehow resembling a dinosaur perhaps ?? I added orange and mango chunks which compliment the peppery, sweet taste of the kale. When blended, the end result is a creamy, vibrant green smoothie.

Place the orange and frozen mango chunks into the blender.

Add in the chopped kale and water, then blend away!

Lacinato Kale Green Smoothie with Mango and Orange recipe

  • 3-4 leaves lacinato kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 valencia orange, peeled (or any juicy orange)
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup water

    In a powerful blender, combine lacinato kale, orange, frozen mango and water. Blend on the highest speed until smooth and creamy.

    Total Time: 5 minutes
    Yield: 3-4 cups
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    11 Responses to “Lacinato Kale Green Smoothie with Mango and Orange”

    1. Gena January 21, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      This is so awesome because I just picked up this type of Kale & was wondering what the difference was!

      • Barb January 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

        That’s great, I love Lacinato Kale…any kind of Kale actually 🙂

    2. Maya January 22, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      Thank you for the recipe. I have all the ingredients at home, including organic kale from Whole Foods.

      • Barb January 22, 2012 at 9:23 am #

        Nice, hope you enjoy the smoothie!

    3. Linda January 22, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

      Growing Lacinto Kale in a pot outside my door! This is a great – “what else can I do with it” – recipe! Thank you!

    4. Barb January 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm #

      That’s great, wish I could grow my own kale. What do you typically use yours for?

    5. Jamie @ Fat Loss Tips March 9, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

      Lovely drink!! It truly gave me a lot of energy and it was not different than any drink (healthy) that I have had. It’s easy and quick to make as well! Thanks for sharing!

    6. Winnie May 12, 2012 at 10:05 am #

      This is the first smoothie I ever made and absolutely love it! Don’t have the restaurant-grade blender and hopefully I can make due without forking out $400. =)

      • Barb May 13, 2012 at 9:18 am #

        That’s awesome, Winnie! As long as the smoothie tastes great and you love it, then that’s all that matters 🙂

    7. Esther August 13, 2012 at 1:56 am #

      Very tasty. Thanks so much.

      • Barb August 13, 2012 at 9:24 am #

        Glad you liked it, Esther. Thanks for commenting!

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