Spread the Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day with three Irish-inspired menus which rely on naturally green elements—forgoing processed food dyes—to add a festive green touch to mealtime. Whether you’re cooking for a gourmet audience, a pack of healthy eaters, or planning dishes for your little ones, we have you covered on all fronts.
By Lauren Rubin
The Good-For-You Green Snacks Menu
The Green Feast: Kid-Friendly
St. Patrick’s Day is a win-win in the food department for parents; it’s the perfect excuse to sneak healthy greens like spinach and broccoli into mealtimes and kids will be too thrilled with the celebratory green-flecked dishes to notice. This menu uses verdant veggies and green pistachios as natural coloring agents.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus Bundles: Asparagus can be a tough sell to some, but on St. Patty’s Day, the green vegetables is too fitting and even better when wrapped in prosciutto. Get the recipe here.
Chicken Panini with Greens and Roasted Red Peppers: This grilled sandwich with green pesto and fresh spinach or arugula is sure to delight both visually and in great flavor. Get the recipe here.
Key Lime Cupcakes Topped with Pistachios: Lime zest gives these cupcakes a hint of pale green without being artificial and mossy-colored pistachio grace the tops of white chocolate frosting. Get the recipe here.
The Gourmet Green St. Patrick’s Day Menu
Please a posh dinner crowd by serving these sophisticated, stunning dishes for an epicurean dining experience. You don’t need the luck of the Irish on your side to whip up these naturally green dishes bound to satisfy any gourmand.
Spinach, Brie, and Prosciutto Pecan-Crusted Tart: Spinach makes this pecan-crust tart a beautiful green and mustard gives the tart a hint of Irish flare. Perhaps think about adding an Irish-style cheese, too? Get the recipe here.