15 Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day Menus
With St. Patrick’s Day upon us, our thoughts turn to parades, corned beef and cabbage, soda bread, and green beer. And while there are plenty of foods that you can make green with the addition of food coloring, we thought it would be a good time for a round-up of delicious foods that are naturally green, which would be a perfect addition to your St. Paddy's celebrations, or just a fun way to personally acknowledge the holiday! Here is a full day's worth of fun and naturally green dishes, no food coloring required. Erin go bragh!
Breakfast Banana Green Smoothie
This delightfully green smoothie is the perfect way to start any day. Spinach makes it green; banana and honey make it delicious.
Meyer Lemon Avocado Toast
You can't talk about a green morning meal without acknowledging the magic and universal appeal of avocado toast. This version gets extra special with sweet Meyer lemon and some chia seeds for extra crunch.
Green Eggs And Hash Omelet
Green eggs and ham might be the breakfast for kids, but we can't think of a more grown-up or St. Patrick's Day-friendly breakfast than this green omelet filled with corned beef hash.
Green Tea Muffins
When it is time for your mid-morning pick-me-up, can we recommend these matcha muffins? They're naturally green from the tea powder, with the extra bonus of a little bit of caffeine! Feel free to pair with a glass of green tea for double the pleasure and green hue.
Green Egg Salad
If you are are brown bagger and packing yourself a sandwich for St. Paddy's Day, look no further than this gorgeous green egg salad. Boosted with avocado, it is going to be the opposite of a sad desk lunch.
Pomegranate Spinach Salad
Need a good midday salad option to go with your sandwich? Look no further than this beauty, which is filled with spinach and a pop of pomegranate seeds.
Want a light and refreshing lunch soup with viridian punch? How about this green gazpacho! It’s a no-cook soup you can whiz up in the blender before heading out to work.
Cilantro Edamame Hummus
If you made it to mid-afternoon and need a little something? This green edamame cilantro hummus is just the ticket. A few green vegetables for dipping and you have a healthy protein-packed snack that is as beautiful as it is delicious.
Perfect Fried Green Tomatoes
When it comes to a green dinner, you are going to want to start with these fried green tomatoes. They might not be Irish, but they are spectacular!
Chef John's Green Chicken Chili
Need an all-in-one meal? Try this green chicken chili for a hearty warming supper that will banish sadness from not being in Ireland for the holiday.
Avocado Pesto with Zucchini Pasta
Need a low-carb dish or something for your gluten-free guests? This zucchini noodle pesto recipe will hit the spot, and no one will miss the noodles. Add the protein of your choice to make it a main, or serve it as a side dish.
Whether you are serving steak or salmon, this punchy chimichurri is the green sauce that loves every protein.
Sugar Snap Peas with Mint
You'll even get your kids to eat their vegetables when you serve these sugar snap peas with mint.
Pistachio Cake III
"St. Patrick would certainly give his approval," writes recipe creator Candice. "Because these cupcakes are the real deal! No pudding mixes here, just roasted pistachios. A wonderfully not-too-sweet pale green cupcake that is sure to please. Easy and quick to make, too!"
Creme de Menthe Grasshopper Pie
But if you do want a meal-ender with that refreshing mint flavor and color, you can't go wrong with a classic grasshopper pie.