Nothing says summer like a fresh smoothie, or a juice, or an ice cream, or a mocktail, or, maybe, a tasty hummus dip with chips outside in the sun. Ok, there are a lot of foods that say summer. But arguably, most of the best ones can be made quickly and easily if you have a blender or food processor on hand. And you can’t go wrong with a Vitamix.

Here’s what you need to know about buying a Vitamix, plus some of the best, tastiest recipes you can throw together after you’ve made your new exciting purchase.

What is a Vitamix blender?

Founded back in the 1920s, Ohio-based blender brand Vitamix is still super popular with consumers today, and for good reason. Its innovative machines are superior when it comes to speed, quality, and versatility—they can make everything from rich, thick sauces to velvety ice creams to creamy smoothies. To put it simply, they’re a vegan kitchen must-have.

There are a number of different Vitamix blenders to choose from, including hand-held immersion blenders and starter models, but arguably, the A3500 is one of the best (hence why it’s the brand’s top seller). It’s nearly $650 (see it as an investment purchase, as Vitamix blenders are built to last for more than a decade), but with five settings (including smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, and frozen desserts) it can do everything you need and more.

Where can you buy a Vitamix blender?

You can buy Vitamix blenders straight from the brand’s website, or, alternatively, you can find its models for sale at retailers like Walmart, Kroger, and Amazon.

After you’ve made your purchase, it’s time to get experimenting. Here are our top 50 summer recipes to make with a Vitamix blender, including smoothies, juices, milkshakes, dips, desserts, chilled soups, and more.

50 essential summer Vitamix blender recipes

Smoothies & bowls

VegNews.CoconutLimeSmoothieChef Ahki

1 Coconut-Lime Smoothie

This refreshing, antioxidant-packed smoothie is the perfect, light, and smooth beverage to cool down with during the warm summer months.
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VegNews.SmoothieBowlAmy Angelo

2 Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl

If you needed an excuse to start your day with chocolate, you just found it in this deliciously creamy (and pink!) smoothie bowl.
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VegNews.NanasGoneNuttySmoothie.3Riley Yahr

3 Banana, Almond Butter, and Cold-Brew Smoothie

Can’t decide on whether to have a coffee or a smoothie in the morning? This banana, almond butter, and cold-brew smoothie gives you the best of both.
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4 Green and Fruity Vegan Farmers’ Market Smoothie

After you’ve spent a pleasant morning browsing at the Farmer’s Market, head home and indulge in this fruity, green, vegan smoothie, filled with all your newly purchased fresh ingredients.
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5 Chocolate Açaí Coconut Smoothie With Kale and Blueberries

You won’t taste the hidden greens in this tasty chocolate coconut smoothie, which is also made with creamy almond milk.
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VegNews.CosmicSmoothieBowlGreta Rybus

6 Vanilla Smoothie Bowl With Activated Charcoal

There is some research to suggest that activated charcoal may help to support gut health. But that aside, it also gives this smoothie bowl a beautiful, Instagrammable color.
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7 Tahitian Sunrise Tropical Smoothie

Treat yourself to the taste of summer with this fruity, nutritious, refreshing tropical smoothie blend, inspired by the shores of Tahiti.
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8 S’mores Protein Smoothie

S’mores aren’t just for eating. Thanks to this smoothie recipe, you can also drink the flavors of this summer camping classic, too.
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VegNews.BlueberryBeetSmoothieBowlSara Stevens

9 Blueberry Beet Smoothie Bowl

For extra crunch, top this chocolatey, nutritious, beet-packed smoothie bowl with hemp hearts, chia seeds, shredded coconut, and cocoa nibs.
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VegNews.ProteinSmoothieBowlJackie Sobon

10 Chocolatey Vegan Peanut Butter Smoothie Bowl

This creamy, indulgent, chocolatey peanut butter smoothie bowl is hiding a secret vegetable ingredient, but you’d never know it’s there just from the taste.
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Ice Cream & Sorbet

VegNews.MatchaIceCreamBrilynn Ferguson

11 Creamy Coconut Cashew Matcha Ice Cream

If you love matcha lattes, you’re going to be head over heels for this creamy coconut cashew matcha ice cream recipe.
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VegNews.KajuKatliPops.ShivangiRaoShivangi Rao

12 Kaju Katli Kulfi (Indian Cashew Fudge) Ice Cream Bars

Enjoy the flavors of India with this delicious recipe, which combines two of the country’s classic desserts: kaju katli and kulfi.
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VegNews.RawKeyLimePieIceCream.AmyLyonsAmy Lyons

13 Dairy-Free Key Lime Pie Ice Cream

Fancy a key lime pie without the actual pie part? Good news: This ice cream recipe delivers all the fresh flavors of the popular dessert.
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14 Chocolate Chip Oat Milk Banana Ice Cream

Chocolate chips and bananas are a match made in heaven, especially when they’re combined with tasty oat milk ice cream.
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VegNews.MangoBasilSorbetNatalie Norman

15 Dairy-Free Mango Basil Sorbet

If you prefer sorbet to ice cream, this mango basil recipe is ultra-refreshing, light, and flavorful.
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VegNews.CherryAmarettoChunkEmily Kan

16 Cherry Amaretto Chunk Ice Cream

For the ultimate flavor, choose fresh cherries over frozen for this decadent, rich, amaretto chunk ice cream sundae.
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VegNews.PineappleMangoSorbetCREDITALLYSONKRAMERAllyson Kramer

17 Pineapple Mango Sorbet

Just a handful of ingredients are required to make this fruity, zesty sorbet recipe, which comes together quickly and easily.
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VegNews.GoldenmilkEmily Kan

18 Vegan Golden Milk Ice Cream

Packed with anti-inflammatory spices, like ginger, turmeric, and cinnamon, this golden milk ice cream recipe is unique and delicious.
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VegNews.TurmericPersimmonJillian Glantz

19 Turmeric Persimmon Nice Cream

To make this yummy “nice cream,” all you need is four ingredients: bananas, persimmon, turmeric, and coconut milk. Easy.
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VegNews.VanillaIceCream.HannahKaminskyHannah Kaminsky

20 Four-Ingredient Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

Vanilla might be a classic ice cream flavor, but it’s far from boring. It’s also incredibly easy to make, as all you need for this recipe is cashews, maple syrup, vanilla beans, and some purified water.
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Juices, Mocktails, & Milkshakes

VegNews.CashewHorchataFeatureVegan Heritage Press

21 Vegan Cashew Horchata

This Mexican-inspired drink is rich and refreshing, and to make it extra creamy, all you need is raw cashews.
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VegNews.TurmericLassiKat Odell

22 Frozen Coconut Milk Turmeric Lassi

This refreshing beverage, which is a cross between a turmeric latte and a mango lassi, is guaranteed to become your new summer go-to.
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23 Toasted Marshmallow Pecan Milkshake

This is the mother of all milkshake recipes, it’s indulgent, it’s creamy, it’s tasty, and it’s ultra-sweet. It ticks all of the boxes.
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24 Red Velvet Beet Shake

Perfect for date night, this red velvet beet shake is delicious, indulgent, and extra-romantic, especially if you add two straws.
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25 Tahini Coffee Shake With Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate and coffee are already a delicious combination, but the extra tahini takes this shake to the next level.
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26 Copycat Wendy’s Chocolate Frosty

Wendy’s popular frozen desserts might not be vegan, but thanks to this dairy-free recipe, you can now make your own from home (and it’s arguably even more delicious).
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27 Golden Hour Pineapple-Turmeric Juice

If you’re bored of the standard juice options (no shade, orange and apple), level up your mornings with this pineapple-turmeric recipe.
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28 Fiery Fizzy Ginger Apple Drink

Forget store-bought soda, this fizzy ginger apple drink is easy to make yourself if you have a Vitamix to hand.
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VegNews.PinaColadaZhoro Apostolov and Michelle Cehn

29 Creamy Vegan Piña Colada Mocktail

Nothing says summertime (or getting caught in the rain) like the flavors of a piña colada. Get all the taste without alcohol with this tasty mocktail recipe.
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Chilled Soups

VegNews.GazpachoHannah Kaminsky

30 Herby Vegan Roasted Tomato Gazpacho

A chilled gazpacho soup is a refreshing lunchtime option when it’s warm outside. Make this one with flavorful tomatoes, peppers, onions, and more.
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VegNews.GazpachoAlex McLaughlin

31 Sweet Corn And Pepper Summer Gazpacho

To make this sweet and tasty gazpacho extra thick, consider adding a generous helping of rich cashew cream.
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32 Watermelon-Cucumber Gazpacho

Cool down when it’s hot outside with a gazpacho soup, which is made with two of the best summertime ingredients: watermelon and cucumber.
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33 Green Gazpacho

Blend together all of your favorite green vegetables to make this nutritious, delicious gazpacho recipe.
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VegNews.ChilledAsparagusSoup.jpgHolly V. Gray

34 Chilled Asparagus Soup

Grab a bunch of asparagus from the grocery store or farmer’s market and whip up this tasty perfect-for-brunch chilled soup recipe.
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Sauces & Dips

VegNews.BratandKrautMac2Robin Robertson

35 Mac & Cheese

Make a smooth, creamy, and positively addictive cashew-based mac & cheese sauce using your Vitamix blender. Your friends won’t be able to get enough of this one.
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VegNews.PortobelloBenedictThe Ravens

36 Hollandaise

Make a Sunday brunch perfect by making vegan eggs benedict with a blended, silken tofu-based hollandaise sauce.
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VegNews/TziritaIgnacio ‘Nacho’ Urquiza

37 Tzirita

Track down some morita chile seeds (which are usually available at Mexican markets!) to make this deliciously fiery tzirita dipping sauce.
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VegNews.CrunchwrapSupremeHannah Sunderani

38 Cashew Queso

Forget Taco Bell, you can make a mouthwatering vegan Crunchwrap Supreme at home. Make sure you whip out your Vitamix to make this gooey cashew queso. Dairy who?
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VegNews.CheesyCasseroleDanielle Keith

39 Cheesy Casserole

Potato casserole is a comforting dish, whatever the weather. Make yours extra cheesy and creamy with this cashew-based sauce. 
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VegNews.Avo-mameHummusDreena Burton

40 Avocado Edamame Hummus

If chickpeas aren’t your thing, you can get the same delicious hummus texture using a blend of avocado and edamame.
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VegNews.GuacHummusSam Turnbull

41 Garlicky Chickpea Avocado Hummus Dip

If you are a fan of chickpeas, but you want to do something a little bit different with your hummus dip, consider adding some creamy avocado into the mix.
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Desserts & Brunch


42 Vegan Chocolate Brownie Doughnuts

There’s no need to choose between brownies and doughnuts because this chocolatey recipe is a combination of both.
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VegNews.AvocadoMousseTrilogy Sanctuary

43 Avocado Chocolate Mousse With Vanilla Cashew Cream

Avocado? In a dessert? Yep, we promise it works beautifully. Try this mousse recipe and find out for yourself.
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VegNews.DetoxChocolatesAnson Smart

44 Almond Butter Cups

It’s true: Reese’s has got nothing on these silky, delicious vegan almond butter cups.
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VegNews.BananaPuddingMicah Siva

45 Banana Coconut Pudding

Layer bananas, cookies, pudding, and yogurt for a tasty treat. This is guaranteed to become your new favorite dessert.
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blood-orange-waffles-8195Jackie Sobon

46 Spiced Belgian Waffles With Blood Orange Sauce

Make brunchtime a little more interesting by drizzling some homemade blood orange sauce over your Belgian waffles.
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VegNews.BananaFrenchToastIsa Chandra Moskowitz

47 Banana French Toast

This tasty French toast recipe is guaranteed to please the whole family—even the fussy eaters!
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VegNews.Butterm_lkBuckwheatPancakeswithAlmondButterCaramelAshley Madden

48 Buttermilk Buckwheat Pancakes With Almond Butter Caramel

Give this brunch classic a nutritious, plant-based upgrade by using ingredients like whole-grain buckwheat, brown rice flour, banana, and chia seeds.
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VegNews.ChocolateMatchaBars.FeaturePage Street Publishing

49 Two-Step Vegan Chocolate Matcha Energy Bars

Give your body a (delicious) burst of energy by making these delectable matcha bars. You’ll be craving them long after the last bite!
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VegNews.CremeBruleeAlex Shytsman


50Vegan White Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Crème brûlée is an indulgent dessert, but you don’t have to make it with animal products. Instead, this recipe calls for ingredients cashews, coconut milk, arrowroot flour, and cacao butter.
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