Holiday Entertaining

14 Unexpected Green Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

March 17, 2015

There are so many excellent ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, wherever you are, and whether you're Irish or not. You can go the whiskey-swigging, Guinness-gulping route. You can get authentic, with a lovely loaf of soda bread or a hearty bowl of Colcannon. Or you can go green.

Dress yourself in your best green togs and find inspiration in peas, avocados, spinach, and seaweed. Mix up a boozy green drink to kick off the celebrations. Whip up a few green dips to eat while watching the parades. Gather your friends and family together for an entirely green dinner. Then, when you wake up green around the gills from a little too much Jameson, stir up a clean green soup or smoothie. Sláinte, a toast to your health in drinking and eating!

Get the St. Patty's day craic -- Irish for good times, or fun -- going with these 14 green recipes:

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Jeffrey Morgenthaler's Grasshopper Shake by Genius Recipes


Queens Park Swizzle by Erik Lombardo


Roberto Santibañez' Classic Guacamole by Genius Recipes


Sweet Pea Hummus by Gena Hamshaw


Punjabi Buttermilk Stew with Spinach Dumplings by Shveta Berry


Macaroni Peas by Nicholas Day


My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh by cdilaura


Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber by Kendra Vaculin


Jane Grigson's Celery Soup by Genius Recipes


Anna Thomas' Green Soup by Genius Recipes


Sara's Green Harissa by hardlikearmour


Spinach and Garlic Panna Cotta by Merrill Stubbs


Avocado Gelado by aargersi


Green Smoothie with Avocado by Gena Hamshaw


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  • Pegeen
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Written by: Jenny Xu

Dorm baker and connoisseur of digestive biscuits.


beata March 19, 2015
it's Paddy's day not Patty's ffs guys... not a patty in sight.
Pegeen March 17, 2015
Jenny, thank you for the nod to my Nana Peggy's soda bread. I know she's smiling down. Sláinte to everyone (Gaelic toast for "To your health").

Looking forward to adding a bunch of these recipes to my Must Try list!
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Jenny X. March 17, 2015
I've been meaning to make your nana's soda bread for ages now :) Sláinte to you too, Pegeen!
AntoniaJames March 17, 2015
How could you forget Marian Bull's timeless (and delicious!) Green Rice? That's what we're having tonight - with some cabbage thrown in for an appropriate seasonal touch + a ton of parsley to make sure it's good and green. ;o)
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Jenny X. March 17, 2015
I can't believe I missed it, this looks beautiful! Thanks for putting it on my radar, looks like I'll be celebrating green food tomorrow as well...