Eat Green for St. Patrick's Day
Matcha Baked Doughnuts
These bright green baked goods will give you all the delight of a doughnut without any of the regret afterwards. Baking makes these vegan doughnuts delicate and soft without excess oil and the matcha has a range of health benefits.
Luck of the Irish Shake
Feeling lucky? With a milkshake like this, you may just find the pot of gold after all. With Bailey's Irish Cream and some Irish whiskey blended into minty ice cream, this frozen St. Patrick's Day treat is the perfect way to celebrate.
Matcha Whoopie Pies
"I grew up inhaling whoopie pies, bless my mother's soul," says Bay Area cookbook author Eric Gower, the creator of these fantastic, tender little cakes. "While I would like to offer her recipe, I'm afraid that just reading the quantities of trans fats (Crisco) called for might incite immediate cardiac arrest! This relatively healthier version tastes even better."
Green Smoothie Muffins
A whole package of spinach gives these banana muffins their green hue.
Cilantro-Celery Juice Punch
This bright green blend from Amanda Chantal Bacon of Los Angeles's Moon Juice gets its zippy, herby taste from an entire bunch of cilantro.
Pistachio Cardamom Ice Cream Pie
Kulfi, a lusciously dense, almost chewy Indian ice cream, is often flavored with pistachios and cardamom. It inspired this pie. If you'd like your topping to be a true pistachio green, use in-shell roasted pistachios—they tend to retain their color better than the type sold out of the shell.
These refreshing green tea–based mocktails would also be great spiked with gin. While the ingredients can be prepped in advance, it's best to blend everything together just before serving for the most vividly green drinks.
Smashed Avocado on Toast
Start your day off with Avocado Toast for a festive and nutritious breakfast. With the perfect combination of healthy fats and carbohydrates, this snack will keep your body energized without weighing you down.
Green Monster Smoothie
Kale, parsley, and a Granny Smith apple give Green Monster Smoothie it's color and name, and a bit of zip comes from the fresh ginger. Serve with Avocado Toast for a filling St. Paddy's Day breakfast treat!
Skillet Chicken with Seared Avocados
The tiniest bit of sugar helps the avocado halves char in the pan, adding robust toasty flavor.
Zesty Green Goddess Dip
Make this easy, tangy appetizer perfect for dipping your favorite veggies or as a spread for colorful sandwiches.
The Irish might prefer a stout, but the St. Patrick's Day drink of choice outside the Emerald Isle seems to be something in green. A delicious Honeydew Mimosa is a drink alternatives to green-dyed beer.
Creamy Cucumber-Avocado Salad Dressing
Who says salad dressings can't be truly healthy and nutritious? This bright green dressing delivers a hearty nutrient punch and healthy fats from cucumber, avocado, baby spinach, and green onions. Drizzle over mixed greens, or use as a dip for fresh, raw veggies.
Mango-Pineapple Crab Salad
Try this no-cook recipe with flavors of crab, mango and pineapple for the perfect St. Patrick's Day lunch in 15 minutes flat!
Mint Chocolate Chip Cupcakes
Zucchini Oven Chips
Breaded, oven-fried zucchini chips taste like they’re fried, yet they are baked and amazingly crispy. These green chips make a healthy substitute for French fries or potato chips.
Green Vegetable Soup with Lemon-Basil Pesto
Covering the pot when bringing the liquid to a simmer gets this quick green veggie soup ready even faster.
Any Greens Sauté
Greens can be cooked in minutes over high heat, making it possible to serve collards on a busy weeknight. Try this recipe with whatever green you've got on hand, or mix a few varieties together.
Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake
We jazzed up our Mint-Chocolate Chip Shake with a few drops of green coloring for a faint tint of color.
Spinach Risotto with Roquefort
This creamy side dish gets its color from hot spinach broth and its texture from rich Roquefort cheese. If you can't find Roquefort, just use whatever blue cheese you have on hand. Top with a sprinkle of lemon zest for a bright finish.
Turkey Meatball Soup with Greens
We like the tenderness of lacinato kale, but you can substitute other varieties in this festive green soup.
Green Eggs and Ham
No food coloring required! Fresh basil gives the eggs a fun green hue while adding a hefty dose of flavor to this open-faced breakfast sandwich.
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake
This decadent ice-cream cake is truly a mint chocolate lover's dream! Top layers of mint chocolate chip ice cream and devil's food chocolate cake with a rich chocolate ganache and chopped crème de menthe chocolate mints. Make the whole cake ahead and freeze until ready to serve.
Edamame Hummus with Miso and Sesame
Green soybeans are the key ingredient in this delicious, innovative edamame dip. Before serving, drizzle hummus with sesame oil and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon edamame and sesame seeds for a beautiful presentation.
Shamrock and Gold Coin Cookies
You'll luck out making these charming St. Patrick's Day shamrock cookies because all the ingredients are pantry staples. Let your little lepricons help decorate with green icing or sprinkles. It's not a proper celebration of the Irish until shamrock cookies are involved, so get to it.
Guacamole isan American party-food favorite and restaurant menu staple. It also happens to be the perfect St. Paddy's day appetizer. Tortilla chips are the natural accompaniment, but you can also serve it with veggies like jicama, bell peppers, and radishes.
Edamame Succotash with Shrimp
Bright, shiny edamame (green soy beans) replace the lima beans in a traditional succotash. The addition of shrimp transforms a traditional vegetable side dish into a satisfying main.
Cucumber, leeks, and fresh celery all contribute to the beautiful jade tint of this chilled soup. Enjoy it as a first course or as part of a light lunch.
Green Pea and Asparagus Soup with Poached Eggs and Toast
Light, lovely, and lush, this egg-topped soup is all you need for a well-rounded spring supper.
Spinach, Green Onion, and Smoked Gouda Quiche
We like the creamy, custardy consistency of this quiche when it's baked for 35 minutes. If you prefer a firmer texture, bake an additional 5 minutes.
Glowing Green Juice
Use an electric juicer to juice celery, pears, apple, cilantro stems, serrano chile, lemon, and lime to make this fresh and fruity juice.
Cucumber Cocktail with Chamomile Tonic
"A lot of cultures start meals with an aperitif or end with a digestif," says Jovial King. "Having a bitter drink before or after a meal is just a way to slow down, which is always great for digestion." Her chamomile tonic, with vodka and dandelion greens, is delicious in Marcia Kiesel's refreshing, unsweetened cocktail.
Balsamic Kale and Radicchio Sauté
Serve a delicious and healthy side dish made with kale, radicchio, and garlic for your green-inspired dinner.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Though not completely green in color, these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are simple, earthy and delicious. Serve this mouth-watering casserole for a special St. Patrick's Day dinner! Its heat depends on the chiles; go with Anaheims if you scorch easily.
Minty Iced Green Tea
Fresh mint leaves and green tea make this iced tea a Saint Patrick's Day standout. Sweeten with honey or agave if you desire.
Candied Walnut, Pear, and Leafy Green Salad
The sweet, crunchy nuts sprinkled on this green salad give it top-notch taste. Festive green leaves are an eye-catching first course to any St. Patrick's Day dinner.
Crunchy on the outside, creamy and nutty inside, these green avocado fries are totally over the top.
Spinach-Black Bean Lasagna
Go green with your lasagna by adding both spinach and cilantro, and add extra heartiness with a layer of black beans.
Matcha Green Tea
Matcha, a traditional Japanese tea, is one of the most nutritious beverages you can consume. Bonus: It's pretty yummy, too.
Spring Salad Smoothie
Saran's eye-opening technique here is to pat the tofu dry very briefly, rather than for 20 or 30 minutes. This keeps it moist and creamy inside, and the outside still gets browned. Look for ghee--clarified, toasted butter--at Indian or Asian markets.
This versatile pesto is great on grilled bread and hard-cooked eggs. Or toss a spoonful with your favorite pasta.
Green Tomato Soup with Lump Crabmeat
Make this vibrant, peppery soup and easy crab salad up to a day ahead, and then stash them in the fridge to chill.
Green Broccoli Spread
Part pesto, part romesco, fully delicious. This simple spread is great slathered over grilled bread, as a dip for raw veggies, or as a sandwich condiment. Make ahead and keep for up to three days, but leave out the lemon juice until you're ready to serve so it doesn't turn the broccoli brown.
Green Goodness Dip
This dip is a riff on the classic green goddess dressing. It's made thicker with a base of pureed peas enriched with Greek yogurt and creamy avocado.