A quick 5-minute summer smoothie made with all vegan ingredients.  This Mandarin orange smoothie has only a few ingredients and is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, K and many vitamin B’s.

When summer rolls around, do you feel like you need a new smoothie recipe?

I always like new smoothie recipes for those hot summer afternoons!

Last summer, a fan favorite was my tropical fruit smoothie.  No summer is complete without a good summer smoothie.

Front view of a glass milk bottle filled with the green smoothie and has 2 plastic straws. Garnished with mandarin oranges and chia seeds. A glass flower vase in the background

This time, I used Mandarin oranges which I never considered using in smoothies until now.

I had a can of oranges left over after creating a cucumber salad recipe for Jenny Melrose Family’s blog.  These oranges were too good and begging to be put into another recipe!

I also put some fresh spinach in this recipe because it works so well with mandarin oranges and chia seeds.  I didn’t need to add any protein powder to this recipe because all the ingredients contribute a healthy dose of protein to this recipe.

Overhead veiw of a brown tile with "Hello Summer" written out in chia seeds and a glass bottle with green smoothie on the side and a glass flower vase on the top left

The best part is that this recipe doesn’t require any chopping, cutting or cooking.  I just dumped all the ingredients into my blender and it was ready in a few minutes.  It didn’t take me more than 5 minutes to make it.

More green smoothies

If you like green smoothies as much as I do, you are going to LOVE my green smoothies like:

If you are smoothie adventurous, you HAVE to try Joyfully Mad Kitchen’s Island Green Tropical Smoothie! It’s packed with greens and tropical fruits. So perfect for any day of the year.

Or, if you are in the mood for some decadent smoothie recipe, try my chocolate smoothie bowl with peanut butter.  Its a delicious and decadent recipe that you can’t resist!

Overhead view of the green smoothie with mandarin oranges, coconut shreds and chia seeds for garnish. 2 green paper straws on coming out of the bottle

Answering your questions

Can Mandarin Orange smoothie be made ahead?

If you like to meal prep your smoothies by putting all the ingredients into a ziploc bag and make smoothies as necessary, you will love this one too!
You can put the spinach, banana, mandarin orange and ginger into a ziploc bag and freeze. The remaining ingredients can be added at the time you make the smoothie.

Can I use frozen spinach in this smoothie recipe?

I wouldn’t recommend buying the store bought frozen spinach in this recipe. It makes the smoothie more watery in texture and the taste is awful.
What I like to do is buy fresh spinach and freeze it along with the other ingredients. This way, the spinach is going to taste just as good. Whenever possible, use fresh spinach.
If you cannot use it fresh, freeze it for future use. Also, no need to thaw the ziploc bag when you are ready to make the smoothie. Place all the ingredients into the blender right out of the freezer and blend.

Can I use canned Mandarin oranges for this recipe?

Absolutely. I also used the canned one for this recipe, but, fresh would have worked just as well. I used a brand of Mandarin orange segments in a light syrup canned by my local grocery store.
You can also use these (Affiliate Link) Dole Mandarin Oranges in a light syrup. You can also use fresh Mandarins in this recipe. Just add about 3 Tbsp of agave to it.

Does this smoothie travel well?

Absolutely! What I did was put it into smoothie jars and take it to the park on a hot summer day! Put it into coolers so that it stays cold until you are ready to drink it. This smoothie is very portable.

Overhead veiw of a brown tile with "Hello Summer" written out in chia seeds and a glass bottle with green smoothie on the side

What are your favorite summer smoothies to make?

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Front view of a glass milk bottle filled with the green smoothie and has 2 plastic straws. Garnished with mandarin oranges and chia seeds. A glass flower vase in the background

Mandarin Orange Smoothie

Quick and easy summer smoothie
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 People
Calories 386 kcal



  • Add all the ingredients into the blender
  • Blend on low until all the ingredients are well blended
  • Transfer to a glass or container and serve immediately



Calories: 386kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 9gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 46mgPotassium: 732mgFiber: 9gSugar: 39gVitamin A: 2855IUVitamin C: 72mgCalcium: 221mgIron: 1.9mg
Keyword how to make green smoothies, protein smoothies, vegan smoothies
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  1. This had an interesting woodsy flavor with the nuts and ginger. Definitely different from most fruit smoothies but we really liked it. Despite having 15 ozs of oranges in it (I used actual mandarin oranges and weighed them – they are about an ounce each) we didn’t taste orange – just give it tang. It will be a great vitamin C boost in winter too. We had to add ice in Vitamix since our oranges and spinach weren’t frozen to prevent it from being warm. My kids even drank it. We’ll be adding this to our smoothie rotation for the Vitamin C.

    1. Thank you so much, Tracie. I am so glad you tried and liked it. I put a little less mandarins in mine, but, I will up the amount next time I make it. I really liked how much energy I got after drinking it.