Naturally Green Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

This is a simple and satisfying Leek and Potato Soup, straight from the Irish countryside. Serve it with a drizzle of soured cream, some fresh snipped chives, and a big chunk of soda bread.

Food traditions are fun, and finding ways to sneak gorgeous green foods into your St. Patrick’s Day menu is a great way to celebrate. But this year do yourself a favor and skip the Shamrock Shake ~ try some of these naturally vibrant green recipes instead!

Spring greens for a sheet pan frittata

I love colorful food!

Vibrant colorful recipes are my trademark and I’ll jump at any excuse to celebrate color in my kitchen. The more shades of green I can fit into my menu, the better. But I’m not so sure about those dyed bagels and muffins in the supermarkets right now. I prefer to keep it natural with the bounty of beautiful greens from Mother Nature herself.

it’s all about chlorophyll

If I had to choose only one color to have on my plate, it would definitely be green. And the green in our food comes from the natural pigments in chlorophyll (it makes the grass green, too.) It’s is a powerful antioxidant that helps our bodies fight off all kinds of nasty stuff from bacteria to cancer. Some studies link eating daily greens to a lower risk of developing dementia. Can your Shamrock Shake do all that for you?

Irish leek and potato soup

It doesn’t get more Irish than a classic leek and potato soup in a stunning shade of pastel green that’s perfect for the season. Leeks give the soup a gentle onion flavor while the potatoes make it nice and hearty. I love this with a warm slice of Irish soda bread!

Irish Leek and Potato Soup ~ a traditional farmhouse recipe that is simple, hearty, and satisfying.

simple asparagus puff pastry tart

When asparagus starts to show up in the stores, I’m always looking for ways to show it off. With store-bought puff pastry, this tart is so easy to throw together and can be served hot or room temp.

Asparagus puff pastry tart

green goddess dressing

My version of this classic dressing is even more vibrantly green thanks to extra herbs. It improves just about anything from leafy greens, pasta salads, potato salads, and more.

green goddess dressing in a jam jar

guacamole deviled eggs

The retro deviled egg gets a modern twist with fresh guacamole folded right into the mixture. Avocados are so healthy, and when paired with the protein of hard boiled eggs, you’ve got a great combo.

Guacamole Deviled Eggs on a white tray with snipped chives on top

homemade falafel

Beneath that crunchy golden exterior lies a heart of pure vivid green! You’ll also get garlic, with lots of warm spices like cumin and coriander, and has the perfect fluffy texture.

homemade falafel with salad and lemon

chive and parsley pesto

This recipe exploits the earliest spring herbs – chives and parsley – for a new take on the traditional basil pesto. It’s punchy and delicious served simply with pasta and parmesan cheese.

A bowl of pasta with chive and parsley pesto on a wooden table

smokey spinach artichoke dip

I use smoked mozzarella in my version of this comfort food classic. It gives it such an amazing layer of flavor to this already crowd-pleasing dish.

Smoked spinach artichoke dip with chips

Japanese cucumber salad

This healthy salad goes well with so many Asian-inspired dishes. The dressing is so delicious you could almost make a meal out of this salad alone!

cucumber salad with chopsticks

green goddess soup

This nourishing soup is the cold weather equivalent to your power smoothie. It’s a vibrant soup packed with everything you need to get through cold and flu season without so much as a sniffle.

Green Goddess Immune Boosting Soup

sheet pan frittata with spring greens

This recipe is a true celebration of the fresh green produce of early springtime. I love to show off what I found in the farmer’s markets or grocery stores on top of a fluffy egg frittata.

sheet pan frittata with spring greens and goat cheese

avocado and herb salad

It’s hard to believe that something so decadently silky and rich can be so healthy, but it’s true. Creamy avocados add lots of substance to this herb-forward salad tossed with capers and green onion for extra zing.

avocado salad in a white bowl

fresh basil hummus

The basil comes through with a really fresh clean flavor, and it reminds me of the huge difference between homemade and store bought hummus.

Fresh Summer Basil Hummus 4

homemade pasta with fresh greens

Making homemade pasta is SO much fun, and this recipe requires no special equipment at all. Adding fresh spring greens like spinach, pea shoots, watercress, or arugula, gives it absolutely amazing color and flavor!

homemade pasta

crunchy Chinese cole slaw

This is probably my favorite way to eat a big old bowl of crunchy green vegetables ever. The crunchy toppings and delicious dressing make eating your veggies feel like a treat!

Chinese Coleslaw in a white bowl

spicy basil pesto

Serrano pepper takes the world’s freshest sauce from simple to sassy in one fell swoop ~ stir it into freshly boiled pasta, spread it over grilled fish, spoon it on a baked potato, or soak it up with a torn piece of bread, it makes all other sauces obsolete.

Spicy Basil Pesto is made with a Serrano pepper for a wonderful kick! ~

broccoli Stilton soup

A luxurious but easy classic British soup, traditionally made with leftover holiday Stilton. It’s a comforting weeknight meal ready in about 30 minutes ~ pair it with some crusty bread and cultured butter for a mid winter feast.

broccoli stilton soup in a Spode bowl

spring green risotto with peas, asparagus, and fennel

For me, this is one of those recipes I just CRAVE at the beginning of each spring. Cozy comforting risotto is still appropriate for the last cool days of winter, but the fresh seasonal peas and asparagus are so welcome this time of year!

A bowl of spring vegetable risotto.

chimichurri sauce

Fish, steak, chicken, roasted veggies, there’s nothing that homemade chimichurri sauce can’t make delicious! I particularly love it with shrimp.

chimichurri sauce in a jar

simple melon salad

This Galia melon salad is a symphony in green, with accents of kiwi, basil, and Serrano pepper. Honeydew is a good substitute for the Galia melon in this unexpected salad.

Simple melon salad with Galia melon and kiwi

cream of jalapeno soup

Fresh cilantro and lime enliven this creamy and spicy soup. It’s great starter or lunch served alongside some warm buttery cornbread.

cream of jalapeño soup in small glass jars

frozen mint lemonade (limonana)

This is possibly the most refreshing drink on the planet, with herbaceous mint and tangy lemons blended together with ice.

Hand holding a tall glass of Frozen Mint Lemonade, with mint sprig and straw
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  • Reply
    March 13, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    What a great post. I’m definitely making some of these recipes! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • Reply
    Donna peehler
    March 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

    Love you easy resipies

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