29 Green Foods To Make On St. Patrick's Day

Consider these your something green.

green goddess soup
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI

On St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve all got that friend or coworker we KNOW is going to call out that we’re not wearing the traditional green. We’ll argue that it’s childish, but even though we’ll know we’re in the right, we’re still not keen on getting pinched. If you want to avoid the whole rigmarole (especially if, like us, you’re not even sure if you own anything green), show off with green food instead!

Spring is all about fresh produce, and there’s tons of herbs and leafy greens to choose from to turn your food the perfect seasonal hue. You can celebrate with everything from soup to appetizers, and lots in between. You could pack a perfectly green lunch, like our herby baked falafel (tucked in some homemade pita maybe?) or our vegan pasta salad. We also love putting greens into unexpected meals to turn them St. Patrick’s Day-appropriate, like in our parmesan-crusted kale grilled cheese or green eggs and ham.

And don’t worry, if you’ve got some green food dye you’re just itching to use, we’ve got you too — check out our shamrock sugar cookies or green beer (not technically food, but it’s so cool-looking we’re counting it). Bake some minty chocolate chip cookies or andes brownies, and save everyone you share them with from a pinch-filled fate. Does it count if you’ve just eaten something wildly green today? We think so.

And we can’t forget about our favorite naturally green fruit — avocado! Stick it in anything from pancakes to popsicles to turn them the perfect shade of green. If all else fails, you can always just make some guacamole (or another avocado-based dip, we’ve got a few).

For more seasonal inspiration, check out our Irish drinks, side dishes, and desserts. You’re sure to find more luck among them.

gnudi with peas on a teal plate
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green baked falafel with a bowl of tahini mint dressing and pita on a pink plate
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Herby Baked Falafel Bites with Spicy Mint Tahini Dip

Pistachios, mint, cilantro, dill and parsley turn these falafels the loveliest natural shade of green. Bonus: they're baked, not fried, for less mess.

Get the Herby Baked Falafel Bites with Spicy Mint Tahini Dip recipe.

square slice of mint chip lasagna with a bite out of it on a white plate
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Mint Chip Lasagna

We used mint Oreos, but if you already have the classic kind on hand, feel free to use those instead. Adding mint extract to the cheesecake layer is what's absolutely key.

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kale grilled cheese
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pint of green beer surrounded by pretzels
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Green Beer

You can't celebrate St. Paddy's without a pint of green beer. All it takes is a little green food coloring!

Get the Green Beer recipe.

bowls of green goddess soup garnished with yogurt drizzle, avocado slices, and sliced almonds
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slice of naked matcha cake with white frosting
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green goddess soup garnished with yogurt and olive oil drizzle, sliced almonds, and sliced avocado
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: HADLEY SUI
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Green Goddess Soup

While most Green Goddess dressings rely on mayonnaise and one to two herbs for their creaminess and pale green color, we achieve the same flavor profile by using kale, cauliflower, 4 different herbs, and just a touch of Greek yogurt. The result is a vibrant green soup that’s pretty much a garden in a bowl.

Get the Green Goddess Soup recipe.

copycat shamrock shake topped with whipped cream and a maraschino in a glass with a polka dot paper straw
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Shamrock Shakes

Because the original Mcdonald's shamrock shake is only available for a limited time, we made our own so we can enjoy it year-round. Another perk? Being able to add booze.

Get the Shamrock Shakes recipe.

vegan pasta salad with spinach, edamame, aand pumpkin seeds in a bowl
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vegan macaroni salad with spinach, edamame, avocado, and pepitas
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Super Green Pasta Salad

It’s not so hard to eat your greens when they come in vegan pasta salad form. Sweet baby spinach is great here, but peppery arugula or tender baby kale would work well too.

Get the Super Green Pasta Salad recipe.

green baked falafel with tahini mint dressing and pita bread on a pink plate
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keto green avocado popsicles covered in chocolate
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Keto Avocado Pops

These avocado popsicles are delicious even if you're not keto, but feel free to sub real sugar, maple, or agave if you don't need these to be low-carb.

Get the Keto Avocado Pops recipe.

square slice of mint chip lasagna on a white plate
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green bloody mary made with tomatillos and garnished with bacon
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Green Bloody Mary

Just as good as a classic bloody mary, but made with tomatillos.

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keto green avocado popsicles covered in chocolate
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St. Patrick's Day Cookies - Delish.com
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St. Patrick's Day Cookies

You'll feel amazingly accomplished after whipping up these beauties.

Get the St. Patrick's Day Cookies recipe.

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Green Spaghetti

Poblanos and cilantro turn this pasta perfectly green! Feel free to reduce the amount of poblanos to 2 or 3, supplementing with roasted green bell pepper instead if you're not a fan of spice.

Get the Green Spaghetti recipe.

stack of avocado pancakes with blueberries on a black plate
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Avocado Pancakes

Top these soft, vibrant pancakes with blueberries, bananas, or chocolate chips, or, eat them plain if that's your thing— they're good any which way!

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Green Eggs & Ham

The green in these eggs is all natural — spinach!

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parmesan crusted kale grilled cheese
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Parmesan Crusted Kale Grilled Cheese

There's an ENTIRE bunch of leafy green kale in this grilled cheese. Thanks to a quick braise in sweet and spicy apple cider vinegar, it reduces considerably, transforming into dark lacquered greens with just the right amount of tang.

Get the Parmesan Crusted Kale Grilled Cheese recipe.

a zucchini tater tot being dipped into a little blue bowl of ketchup in front of a basket of tots
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pistachio cake
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Pistachio Cake

Ground pistachios are added in with the flour to create a slightly green-hued cake with a nutty flavor.

Get the Pistachio Cake recipe.

mint chip brownie topped with green frosting and chopped andes chocolate
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Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies

These brownies have a secret layer of Andes Mints under all that glorious green frosting and on top for even more minty flavor.

Get the Mint Chocolate Chip Brownies recipe.

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Zucchini Tater Tots

Nix the potato for green zucchini to make these keto-friendly tots.

Get the Zucchini Tater Tots recipe.

gnudi with browned butter, peas, and mint
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Gnudi with Browned Butter, Peas, and Mint

Making gnudi (think gnocchi if you're unfamiliar) is a fun project anyone can pull off. The Italian ricotta dumplings get tossed in a browned butter sauce with spring green peas and crispy mint.

Get the Gnudi with Browned Butter, Peas, and Mint recipe.

avocado hummus topped with red pepper flakes and cilantro in a brown bowl
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Avocado Hummus

This dip is the best of hummus and guacamole combined.

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Best-Ever Appletini

These babies are tart, bright green, and quite strong. Enjoy!

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Parker Feierbach
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Best-Ever Guacamole

When all other plans fail, go with the best green party dip there is! We keep ours simple, but you can add spices, tomatoes, or garlic you like.

Get the Best-Ever Guacamole recipe.

andes layer cake
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Andes Chocolate Cake

Layers of green, mint goodness can be all yours. You can cover the whole thing in ganache, or just drizzle it on top — whichever, we say the more Andes chocolates, the better.

Get the Andes Chocolate Cake recipe.

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Avocado Pickles

Vinegar helps keep avocado bright and green for longer — we're putting this avo-condiment on everything from eggs to tacos!

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Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

Adding avocado turns spinach artichoke dip even greener!

Get the recipe from Delish.

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Spinach Pesto with Pasta

Pesto fans will love this fresh springy green combo of spinach, basil, and sweet peas.

Get the Spinach Pesto with Pasta recipe.

dip
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Creamy Avocado Dip

This greek yogurt dip is basically a blank canvas— and like its green dip pal guacamole, can go in SO many different directions depending on what flavors you like.

Get the Creamy Avocado Dip recipe.

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Creamy Salsa Verde Chicken

This salsa verde chicken is creamy with just the right amount of heat. Don't forget the lime; it really brightens the dish!

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avocado cheesecake
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Avocado Cheesecake

This avocado cheesecake is reminiscent of key lime pie, with extra added "good" fats.

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pile of green mint chocolate chip cookies
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Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

We took a regular chocolate chip cookie, and added Andes mints and green food dye to make these perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

Get the Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

avocado pesto fettuccine with tomatoes in a bowl
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Avocado Pesto Linguine

This simple take on pesto and pasta is everything you never knew you wanted.

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