8 Naturally Green Recipes for Saint Patrick’s Day

March 17 is a special day for me, not because I’m Irish, but because my father’s name is Patrick (Bonne fête Papa !), and because both my nephew and my fabulous intern were born on March 17, though not the same year, obv. (Joyeux anniversaire Paul ! Happy birthday Anne!)

On top of that, I’ve always been drawn to Irish culture. I spent a wonderful few weeks vacationing in Ireland when I was a child, then on a foreign exchange program in Cork as a teenager, and visiting Ballymaloe House is an actual item on my life list.

I love the idea of celebrating the Irish spirit by sharing green foods on Saint Paddy’s big day, but when you start to look for recipes online, the amount of food coloring involved soon makes you feel queasy.

So I thought I’d share a few ideas for naturally green recipes that you can make today — they’re all quick and easy — if you’d like to join in the fun, but still eat the kind of fresh and healthful foods you prefer to gravitate toward.

Will you be celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day today?

Peacamole: Green Pea and Cilantro Spread

A spread and dip in the spirit of guacamole, only made with green peas. Very quick to make, especially if you keep frozen peas on hand.

Green Pea Cilantro Spread

Charred Broccoli and Avocado Salad

One of my all-time favorites, so flavorful and so satisfying!

Charred Broccoli and Avocado Salad

Green Romesco Sauce

A gorgeous sauce made with bell peppers. Serve with crackers, or plop a spoonful onto a bowl of greens and grains.

Green Romesco Sauce

Roasted Green Beans

A wonderful way to cook green beans.

Roasted Green Beans

Fresh Herb Picnic Muffins

An irresistible savory muffin filled with fresh green herbs. Lovely for a picnic!

Fresh Herb Muffin

Pattypan Squash and Pesto Soup

A vibrant soup in which you stir freshly made pesto (see radish leaf pesto below!) for a flavor boost.

Pattypan Squash and Pesto Soup

Radish Leaf Pesto

Don’t throw out your radish greens! Turn them into a delightful pesto.

Radish Leaf Pesto

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

Matcha (green tea powder) does not just serve as a natural coloring, it also gives these shortbreads a delicate tea flavor.

Matcha Shortbread Cookies

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  • bxarmybrat

    Don’t forget the “Flight of the Wild Geese”, a lot of Irish made their way to France.

    • Thank you for mentioning this! I was not familiar enough with Irish history to have heard of it, but I’m glad that I have now.

  • Let me know when you go to Ballymaloe House. I will join you. It is on my Bucket List.

  • Anne

    Merci!! :)

  • paola

    If you go to Ireland make sure not to miss these places in West Cork, just 2 hours away from Ballymaloe (and where you may even find Darina having dinner or lunch…)
    The Pilgrim’s restaurant in Rosscarberry, The Glebe Cafe’ in Baltimore , the Mews, again in Baltimore. The Uilinn art center cafe’ and Kalbo’s in Skibbereen, Deasy’s in Ring, Clonakilty, and last but not least Organico in Bantry. These are my top 6, but there is a lot more good food around this area.
    Also indispensable:
    The iconic English Market in Cork city, Skibbereen Farmer’s market on a Saturday, Mahon point farmers market on a Thursday…
    If you don’t know it already, check John and Sally McKenna’s guide : http://www.guides.ie/
    And if you come over enjoy the rain!!!

    • Thank you so much for these great recommendations! You’re making me want to book a ticket right this minute. ;)

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