The 10 Best Vegetables for Juicing

  • by Goodnature

Making green juice, vegetable juice or fruit juice with vegetables? Then you need to know which veggies are best for juicing.

This list contains the most nutritious vegetables you should include in your juice recipes. At the end, we’ll list a few veggies that you should NOT juice.

Let’s dive right in to the healthiest and best vegetables for juicing.

The Top 10 Best Vegetables for Juicing

1. Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are a staple of the juicing world. These leafy veggies are perfect for juicer recipes due to their high nutrient and vitamin count.

ingredients to make green cabbage juice, lemon, apple, celery, kale in a colander
Ingredients for our cabbage green juice recipe

Our favorite leafy greens to put in our juicers include:

Kale

Season: Year-round, peaking through winter.

Flavor: Bitter and slightly sweet with light notes of cabbage.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium, Manganese and Copper. Anti-inflammatory. Rich in antioxidants. Detox-friendly. Can help prevent heart disease.

Great with: apple, cabbage, carrot, celery, chard, lemon, orange, spinach and sweet potato.

Recipe: Kale-Celery-Apple-Ginger Juice

Spinach

Season: Year-round.

Flavor: This mild-tasting green is lightly bitter and sweet with fresh grassy notes.

Health benefits: high in Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Manganese. Also high in Vitamin B9-folate. Can lower blood pressure. Aids digestive system. Can help prevent heart disease.

Great with: apple, beet, broccoli, ginger, lemon, kale, lime, orange, sweet potato and tomato.

Recipes:

Cabbage

Season: Year-round.

Flavor: Slightly sweet earthy taste with strong savory notes when juiced.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Anti-inflammatory. Antioxidant. Improves digestion and immune system. Lowers cholesterol. Can help prevent heart disease.

Great with: apple, carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon, lime, parsley and tomato.

Recipe: Cabbage Green Juice

Swiss Chard

Season: Late summer into autumn.

Flavor: Slightly earthier than spinach and the stalks taste a bit like celery.

Health benefits: High in Vitamins A, K, C, E and B2. Also high in Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Iron and Calcium. Rich in antioxidants. Can lower blood pressure. Can help prevent heart disease.

Great with: apple, beet, carrot, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, lime, orange and tomato.

Recipes: Cabbage Green Juice with Chard

Tip: You should usually juice the leaves and stems of leafy greens. However, when your particular leafy green has a different colored stem (like the chard pictured below), keep in mind that juicing the stem will impact the color of your finished juice.

swiss chard

2. Carrots

Carrot juice pulls off a rare juicing trifecta. They are:

  • extremely nutritious
  • taste amazing
  • a vegetable that produces a high yield of juice
two glasses of carrot juice with ingredients
Ingredients for our carrot juice recipe

Season: Peak from summer through autumn.

Flavor: Sweet, aromatic and earthy.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Potassium. Good source of beta-carotene. Good for eye and skin health. Can aid weight loss.

Great with: apple, beet, cabbage, celery, citrus, orange, pineapple, spinach and tomato.

Recipes:

Tip 1: Want a tasty substitute for pure orange juice? Juice 50% carrots and 50% pineapples and the finished product will be very similar to orange juice.

Tip 2: When juicing carrots, do not peel. Only remove the tough to clean knobs at the top end of the carrot.

3. Ginger

You don’t need much ginger in your juice recipes (unless you’re doing ginger shots) because this root veggie has a super strong flavor.

Season: Year-round, peaking summer through winter.

Flavor: Spicy pungent notes of both citrus and pepper.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin B6, Magnesium and Manganese. Aids digestive system. Improves immune system.

Great with: apple, banana, berries, carrot, celery, greens, citrus, pear, pineapple, sweet potato and tomato.

Recipes:

Tip: Throw the ginger straight in your juicer! No need to spend time peeling.

4. Beets

Beet juice for the win!

Season: Year-round, especially summer through autumn.

Flavor: Sweet flavor with pungent notes.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin B9-folate, Manganese, Potassium, Vitamin C, Iron and Copper. Aids digestive system and can help with constipation.

Great with: apple, berries, cabbage, carrot, citrus, celery, cucumber, ginger, greens, orange, pears, spinach, tomato and watermelon.

Recipes:

5. Broccoli

Broccoli is another veggie that most people overlook when juicing or crafting juice recipes. But you won’t make the same mistake with this amazing green vegetable, right?

Season: Peak from autumn through winter.

Flavor: Crisp, light taste with earthy notes and slightly peppery.

Health benefits: High in Vitamins A, C, K, and B9-folate, as well as Manganese. Detox-friendly. Improves immune system.

Great with: beet, cabbage, carrot, cucumber, greens, lemon, lime, parsley, pear and watercress.

6. Cucumber

Cucumbers are a staple at juice bars. Not only are they nutritious and fresh-tasting. They’re also 90% water, which means they have great yield when juiced.

Ingredients for our Hydrating Cucumber Green Juice Recipe

Season: Year-round, peaking from spring through summer.

Flavor: Mild and refreshing neutral flavor with hints of melon.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin K and rich in antioxidants. Can lower blood pressure and promote healthy skin.

Great with: apple, beet, cabbage, carrots, celery, ginger, grape, greens, citrus, mango, orange, pear, pineapple, strawberry, tomato and watermelon.

Recipes:

7. Sweet Potato

Sweet potato is super underrated when it comes to juicing. Give it a try!

Our sweet potato pie juice

Season: Year-round, especially autumn through winter.

Flavor: Deep earthy sweetness with hints of pumpkin with a slight nutty flavor.

Health benefits: High in Vitamins A, B6 and B5. Also high in Manganese, Potassium and Pantothenic Acid. Helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Promotes heart health and can help prevent heart disease.

Great with: apple, carrot, celery, ginger, greens, citrus, orange, pear, pineapple and watercress.

Recipe: Sweet Potato “Pie” Juice

8. Celery

Another juicing staple, drinking celery juice has become a fad, of sorts. Don’t get us wrong: celery is great. But the high water content veggie should usually be one of many ingredients in your juice recipes, rather than a list of one.

Season: Year-round.

Flavor: Sweet earthy flavor with slight hints of artichokes.

Health benefits: High in Vitamin K. Can lower cholesterol levels.

Great with: apple, beet, cucumber, greens, ginger, lemon, lime, pineapple, pear, tomato and watercress.

Recipes:

9. Herbs

Some of our favorite herbs to juice include:

Parsley

Season: Year-round, especially in spring.

Flavor: Earthy notes with hints of celery, lemon and pepper.

Health benefits: Anti-inflammatory. Strengthens immune system. Can help prevent diabetes.

Great with: apple, beet, cucumber, leafy greens, lemon, orange, sweet potato and tomato.

Recipe: Spinach Apple Green Juice with Parsley

Mint

Season: Year-round.

Flavor: Fresh, slightly sweet crisp flavor with pungent herbal notes.

Health benefits: Improves digestive system. Helps prevent nausea and headaches. Promotes weight loss. May help with allergies.

Great with: apple, carrot, citrus, cucumber, ginger, leafy greens, mango, melon, pear, pineapple and watermelon.

Recipes:

Cilantro

Season: Year-round, peaking spring through summer.

Flavor: Slightly sweet with pungent notes of lemon/lime and parsley.

Health benefits: High in Vitamins A, K and C. Can help lower cholesterol levels. Strengthens bones.

Great with: beet, celery, chard, citrus, mango, cucumber, orange, pear, pineapple, sweet potato and tomato.

Tip: When juicing or blending, use both leaves and stem.

Recipes: Pineapple Ginger Spinach Juice

10. Tomato

Tomato juice is one of those “love it or hate it” juice recipes. If you’re in the “love it” camp, make sure you try our homemade V8 juice recipe.

Make your own V8 juice!

Season: Year-round, peaking spring through summer.

Flavor: Sweet and slightly acidic with deep earthy notes.

Health benefits: High in Vitamins A, C and K, as well as Potassium, Manganese and Molybdenum. Rich in antioxidants. Helps lower cholesterol levels. Aids weight loss.

Great with: beet, celery, chard, citrus, mango, cucumber, orange, pear, pineapple, sweet potato and tomato.

Recipe: Homemade V8 Juice Recipe

Veggies That CAN’T (Or Probably Shouldn’t) Be Juiced

Unless you really want to try drinking juice from one of these veggies, avoid sticking these in your juicer:

  • Eggplant
  • Leeks
  • Winter Squash
  • Rhubarb

Related article: Want to learn all about the three most common types of juicers? Read our comparison of Masticating vs Centrifugal vs Cold Press Juicers!

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