green juice with cucumber, celery, mint & ginger

I love the refreshing taste of cucumber and in this juice with celery apple, mint and ginger, the combination is delicious and incredibly thirst quenching.

First up I must say that I think juicing on a regular basis is a bad idea. All the important fiber gets wasted and you need a lot of fruit and vegetables to make a decent amount of juice. The calorie load of a juice is far higher than that of the fruit or vegetable in its natural state and at the end of the day you are extracting a high percentage of water. I know this because after making this green juice I allowed it to settle in the bottle and really about 85 percent is pure water and the rest the green chlorophyll rich parts. If you were under any illusion that drinking green juices in some way ‘detoxes’ your body, please check out this brilliant article which totally debunks the myth. BUT, juice can taste delicious and for a special treat it makes a nice addition to the breakfast or lunch table. It can also be awesome when making a special cocktail, and I find it most useful when I have a hangover too (but lets not go into too much detail there).

green juice with cucumber, celery, mint & ginger

green juice with cucumber, celery, mint & ginger

green juice with cucumber, celery, mint & ginger

vegetable and fruit juice one of the things I make when my produce drawer in my fridge is filled with fruit and vegetables that are looking sad and I don’t want to waste. I also have the best juicer on the market so this beast of a machine extracts every last possible drop out of anything you splice through it. I love adding it to iced tea to add the sweet component.

Cucumber and apple yield the most juice in this recipe with the celery and the mint the least. Ginger is super potent so add a little at a time or leave it out if you find it too strong. You could also muddle the mint leaves into the fished juice to extract more flavor as the leaves don’t really ‘juice’ very well.

Recipe – makes about a liter or 4 cups

  • 1 English cucumber
  • 1 small head of celery – leaves removed
  • 4 – 6 apples (I used a mix of Granny Smith & Pink Lady)
  • Small bunch of mint leaves
  • Ginger – about 5 cm long (optional)

Send all of the above through your juicer and taste at the end to see if you are happy. If you want it sweeter add more apple.

Serve with ice to make it more refreshing and extend the drink.

A few of my other juice flavours that I love:

 

Apple, beetroot & ginger juice

Cucumber & gin martini

Frozen pinepple daiquiri

Pomegranate & ginger spritzer

Pinepple & ginger mint julep

 

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9 Comments

  1. Mrs Allie

    I want to visit your restaurant on Youth Day, but please don’t serve this green stuff.
    Please confirm 6 pax at 12 noon? 0742997598 (sms/whatsapp)
    Thank you.

  2. Aimee Watson

    Oh you lovely, lovely person for being truthful in a recipe and telling it like it is. I fully agree, juicing is really tasty and in many cases entirely useful (the cocktails, oh the cocktails), but ultimately juicing should be done very moderately as one does indeed strip all the nutritional value (fibers are gone in a blitz, very true) and are left with, well, water and many calories.
    I have a juicer and use it very frequently, but it should be used to add sparkle to a drink or a salad or a dish, but a glass of wonderfully tasty juice is not be be confused with a whole meal.
    And as for all the folks shouting from the rooftops that a juicer allows you to detox… Apart from being in an ICU under heavy medical care, the only detox is healthy living mixed with time – there is NO dish and NO drink that detoxes, none!

  3. This is such a useful post Sam, I love all of the information and you have confirmed some of the things I thought about juicing.

    I wish I had a powerful juicer so I could make this.

  4. Sam

    HI Aimeee and absolutely. In fact I feel so strongly about this as well I decided to update my post with the best ever article on this exact topic. Thank you !

  5. Sam

    LOl Mrs Allie – you obviously dont understand how blogs work

  6. Juice or smoothie or milk shake was never my thing. But of late I started smoothie for morning and with the right ingredients and quantity, it sure does taste quite good! I am going to try this green juice tomorrow 🙂

  7. Aimee Watson

    Sam, I had not spotted your cucumber and gin martini before and my first thought was, mmm, not so sure about that, not sure at all: I like my martini the way the universe intended it, entirely unadulterated. But the juicer was calling out to me so I thought, okay. The result? HEAVEN in a martini glass! This is why I feel there is a place and a time for a juicer. Not having dry vermouth and therefore less alcohol makes it just a little smoother to drink and with the addition of the cucumber juice it also is amazingly refreshing.
    The juicer will henceforth live where it belongs, next to my gin bottle.
    (Oh, and that hint of rose that still shines through in the Hendrick’s! Now just to wait till the happiest of hours this evening!)

  8. Sam

    Hi Aimee, Im so glad you enjoyed it. Cucumber and gin go together like socks and shoes 🙂

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