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A Basic Green Juice Recipe that’s Easy to Love

Basic Green Juice Recipe | Umami Girl

Here’s something for you. A basic green juice recipe that’s easy to love. It’s fresh-tasting and mildly flavored and full of all sorts of gentle goodness.

Around here we embrace a wide variety of green juice personality types, from assertive but well-balanced to mellow (oh, hi!) to a seriously tangy version coming your way next week. We also like green smoothies, from chill (that’s a great one for beginners and aficionados alike) to cheeky to tangy. (I need to get out more, I know. It’s fine.)

Basic Green Juice Recipe | Umami GirlYou can make this recipe with or without a few kale leaves depending on your preference. It tastes great either way.

As for juicers, I have the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer. It’s a masticating juicer (which I will remind you means CHEWING, you perv), so named to my great chagrin because it kinda chews up your fruits and vegetables and before sending the juice through a strainer. This, as opposed to centrifugal juicers, which win the award for least terrible name but most terrible nutrient retention. Both kinds of juicers are totally great if you’d like to drink your fresh juice right away, but masticating juicers are better at preserving nutrients for up to a few days, in case you like to juice in batches. I like to juice in batches because cleaning either type of juicer is definitely a royal PITA and the worst part of the process.

Okay. I think I should go before we see whether this conversation could get even worse. 🙂

Talk to you soon.

Carolyn xx

Basic Green Juice Recipe

Preparation 00:10 Total Time 0:10
Yields About 6 cups     adjust servings

This simple, fresh-tasting green juice is a great basic addition to your green juice repertoire. It's perfect if you're just easing into the green juice situation, or when you want a mellow vibe from your greens. 🙂 I use the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer, a masticating juicer that juices pretty efficiently and preserves nutrients for a longer period than centrifugal juicers. You can make this recipe with any juicer.


  • 4 large leaves lacinato kale, optional
  • 1 bunch parsley
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 2 lemons, peel and pith removed
  • 2 small green apples
  • 1 bulb fennel, including fronds
  • 1 bunch celery


Feed all ingredients through juicer in the order listed. Strain juice through a fine-mesh sieve if you like. Stir and serve, or keep in the fridge for up to three days if you use a masticating juicer.


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Hi there, I'm Carolyn, and I'm delighted you're here. I'm a NYC-area food, travel, yoga, coffee, wine, running, music making and book obsessive with a great family and a love for sharing it all with you. Grab a drink and come on in. Learn more.

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