These recipes for food are vibrant and delicious perfect as green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day or any time of the year!
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, eating green food for St. Patrick’s Day is a fun tradition that we’re planning to start with our toddler Larson. Growing up, I remember making green recipes for St. Patrick’s day and totally loving it! We have quite the assortment of green food ideas that we hope you’ll love. No matter the season, these green foods are totally delicious–even if you don’t need St. Patrick’s Day food ideas!
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Our favorite green food ideas for St. Patrick’s Day and beyond:
First 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.
Next in our green food, 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 Alex and I originally made this hummus as part of a few green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s now a favorite that we make any time of the year.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!
These Go Green Bowls are incredibly healthy green food! These grain bowls are surprisingly filling and satisfying: full of quinoa and green vegetables like brocolli, kale, and fresh leafy greens. If you can find it, broccolini is a fun addition with its elegant, long stems. But it’s not required for the bowl—you can use any green vegetables you’d like. Then smother it in our delicious lemon yogurt sauce. It’s savory and creamy, perfect for roasted vegetables, salads, and grain bowls. (For a vegan option, use our Best Tahini Sauce.)
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.
Alex and I are often asked, “How can I eat more leafy greens and green vegetables?” For a fun way to eat them, we created these “Get Your Greens” naan pizzas! Instead of being covered in cheese, these naan pizzas are spread with hummus and drizzled with a tahini miso sauce. The toppings: nutrient-dense kale, along with some brocolli, green onion, artichoke, and radish. They’re visually stunning and bursting with flavor: a healthier take on the traditional gooey pizza and a great way to eat green food.
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. And they’re unlike any other vegetarian meatballs we’ve tasted! Typically vegetarian meatballs Alex and I have tried have a legume like chickpeas or lentils (or some kind of nuts). But 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?
Potato leek soup is typically a beige food: while it’s incredibly delicious, it doesn’t look so appetizing. Since we’re into green food, we thought: why not make a green potato leek soup? Our version is also vegan, and uses white beans instead of heavy cream to make the creamiest bowl of soup ever. Serve with crusty bread or salad.
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!
A few more green food recipes…
- Very Verde Cilantro Dip
- Roasted Tomatillo Salsa (Salsa Verde)
- Roasted Green Beans with Hazelnuts
- 28 Irish Inspired Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day
About the Authors
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.