These green food ideas are vibrant and delicious! They’re great as St. Patrick’s Day recipes or any time you need a more green in your diet.
There’s something about bright green food that feels vibrant and healthy, perfect for spring and the change of seasons. And in the case of foods that aren’t supposed to be green, they feel a little like a novelty: like our Glowing Green Hummus! Whatever the case, making St. Patrick’s Day recipes is a fun tradition that we’re planning to start with our toddler Larson.
Growing up, I remember making green food as St. Patrick’s day recipes and totally loving it! We have quite the assortment of green recipes that we hope you’ll love. No matter the season, they’re fresh, healthy, and totally delicious. Ready to get cooking?
At the top of these green food recipes, something that’s not normally green: hummus! This green hummus is bright and flavorful healthy snack recipe, featuring green onions, spinach, cilantro and lime. It’s tangy and the bright green color makes it eye-catching and a fun novelty. Alex and I originally made this hummus as part of a few green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s now a favorite that we make any time of the year. Serve with pita chips or green veggies!
Next up in our green food list: this Vibrant Green Soup! This green vegetable chowder has a bright green color and homey vibe. It’s full of spring vegetables: green peas, baby greens, chives, and mint. The soup has a cozy, hearty and almost meaty flavor from cumin, coriander, and garlic, set off by the fresh herbs. We also added a squeeze of lemon to our bowls to heighten the brightness, and made sure to have a good sprinkling of mint. Everyone in the family loves this one.
Why not drink your green food? This glowing green smoothie is the perfect immunity-boosting drink with a sweet tart flavor! It stars green apples, loads of spinach, and protein-packed nuts. The tangy is balanced with sweet, and it has a loose but creamy texture that’s easily drinkable and a vivid, glowing green color. This would be fun for St. Patrick’s Day green food ideas: we can imagine kiddos slurping this down! But it’s also one of our favorite personal smoothie recipes and perfect for breakfasts or snacks.
On to one of our most popular green food recipes, Green Goddess Dressing! This healthy green goddess dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is great on salads or as a vegetable dip. Our version has a Greek yogurt base, making it a bit lighter but just as flavorful as the standard counterpart. The main flavors are lime, cilantro, green onion, and jalapeño pepper, so it has a bit of a Mexican flair. It’s one of those homemade salad dressing recipes that we make on a regular basis.
This healthy dip recipe recipe is 100% green veggies, and people can't get enough of it! Every time we serve this one, someone asks for the recipe. When we tell them it's just green peas, cilantro, and salsa verde, they don't believe it! Here's a great way to eat your green veggies.
Salsa verde means "green sauce" in Spanish: it's a great idea for green food you can purchase or make homemade! You'll need to find tomatillos, aka Mexican husk tomatoes: they look like green tomatoes with have a husk that leaves a sticky residue behind when you peel it off. You can find them at the grocery store or farmers markets in the fall. It’s super tangy, garlicky, smoky, and a little spicy, perfect for dipping mountains of tortilla chips.
Sure you can make them steamed or sauteed…but have you tried roasted green beans? A hot oven makes magic with just about every vegetable; here it turns green beans into a tender, caramelized version of themselves. Add a spritz of lemon juice and a sprinkle of toasted almonds, and it’s an easy yet gourmet side dish.
Here's a way to eat green food as a main dish: Go Green Bowls! These grain bowls are surprisingly filling and satisfying: full of quinoa and green vegetables like brocolli, kale, and fresh leafy greens. Smother it in our delicious lemon yogurt sauce. It’s savory and creamy, perfect for roasted vegetables, salads, and grain bowls. (Or use this Best Tahini Sauce.)
Here’s a perfectly bright green food that’s perfectly delicious: a green pea soup! This vibrant spring green pea soup is creamy and light, and perfect to accompany a grilled cheese or the first course in a spring dinner party. It’s topped with crunchy rye croutons and chive flowers for a beautiful garnish. We grow chive flowers in our garden: you can also find them in the spring at farmer’s markets! You can definitely omit the flowers and just eat the delicious pea soup with croutons.
Speaking of green food, ever had green…meatballs? These meatballs are actually vegetarian meatballs, made with spinach and feta. These green meatballs are straight up spinach, feta, egg, oat flour, and dried herbs. The taste? Incredibly savory: almost, dare we say, meaty. They’re delicious with spaghetti — or even as an appetizer dipped into some green goddess dressing?
The words “avocado smoothie” might make you think of a rich, savory puree, but the flavor here is sweet and tropical! Banana and pineapple bring sweet, nuanced flavor to compliment the avocado perfectly. And the texture is so light and creamy from the avocado.
And finally, rounding out our green food list are tacos that are themed around a color: green! These “verde” lentil tacos are full of fresh flavors, and feature all sorts of green: green lentils, green cabbage, green onion, and a bright green cilantro drizzle. Celebrate green!
More green ideas
Looking for more? Here are a few more ideas for recipes to eat more green foods:
1/4 cup aquafaba (can liquid from the chickpeas), plus more as needed
Peel the garlic. Drain the chickpeas into a liquid measuring cup. Juice the limes. Chop the green onions into 1 inch pieces, including the greens.
Add the garlic, cilantro, green onion, and spinach, to the bowl of a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add chickpeas, lime juice, tahini, cumin, kosher salt, and water from the chickpea can (aquafaba). Puree for 30 seconds, then scrape down the bowl. Taste. If necessary, add 1 to 2 tablespoons aquafaba. Puree for 1 to 2 minutes to come to a creamy consistency. Store refrigerated for 7 to 10 days.
Top the hummus with cilantro leaves and a drizzle of olive oil. If desired, add Crispy Chickpeas. Serve with veggies, pita bread, or crackers.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.