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magenta and yellow layered smoothies with fruit garnish



It can be difficult to get up on dark, cold winter mornings, but the promise of this vibrant layered smoothie is worth jumping out of bed for. With a magenta layer and a yellow layer reminiscent of a glorious sunrise, pears are the base, and winter citrus, beets and turmeric create bright colors and robust flavors. The smoothies can be kept in separate jars in the refrigerator for up to two days. Just be sure to shake well before pouring them together.

Recipe by USAPears.


Yellow Layer 

  • 1 very ripe or overripe USA Green Bartlett, Anjou or Comice pear, cored and chopped 
  • ½ cup plain yogurt 
  • Juice of 1 large lemon 
  • 1 large Cara Cara orange, peeled and segments separated 
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • ½ cup ice 

Magenta Layer 

  • 1 raw beet, peeled and chopped 
  • 2 blood oranges, peeled and separated into segments 
  • 1 very ripe or slightly overripe USA Red Bartlett or Anjou Pear 
  • Juice of 1 large lemon 
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon honey 
  • ½ cup ice 


To make the yellow layer: Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. Pour the smoothie into a jar or pitcher and set aside. 

To make the magenta layer: Combine all of the ingredients in the blender (no need to wash it first), and process until smooth. 

Divide the magenta smoothie among large glasses. With a spoon resting on the surface of the magenta layer, slowly pour the yellow layer onto the spoon to begin filling the glass. The spoon will allow the yellow layer to remain separate from the magenta layer. Continue slowly pouring the yellow layer into each glass, dividing it evenly. Serve immediately.