With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I rounded up my 20 favorite green dishes that are perfect to celebrate. Below I included recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks and dessert so your entire day is covered! Many of the recipes are great for serving a crowd if you are entertaining or having a St. Patrick’s Day party.
St. Patrick’s Day informally marks the start of spring in my mind. It is a chance to not just wear green but liven up your dishes with fresh green ingredients like spinach, peas, mint, asparagus, avocado, kale, cilantro, broccoli rabe, cucumber, parsley and green cabbage.
Get ready to get into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit with these 20 plant-based and gluten-free recipes the whole family can enjoy.
This no-fuss, super green and festive snack board is a fun way to fill up with all the good stuff on St. Patrick’s Day. This snack board proves green food can be enjoyable! It is both adult and kid-friendly. In the post I provide exactly how I made the board plus alternate green food ideas.
This effortless, dairy-free soup is ultra creamy and perfect for early spring. I was surprised at how gourmet and absolutely delicious it turned out given how simple the process and ingredients are. It is fresh tasting, full of flavor and so satisfying. I love the creamy texture and vibrant green color of this soup. It is loaded with wholesome nourishing ingredients that together are soul soothing.
An uber-healthy spin on the minty McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. This one is loaded with two veggies, plant-based protein, fiber and added nutrients from matcha and spirulina. It is naturally sweetened with dates and flavored with vanilla bean powder. I love to enjoy it as a special treat on St. Patrick’s Day.
Green cabbage takes centerstage in this addictive dish. It is crispy and flavorful on the outside and tender and slightly sweet on the inside. I like to drench it in my Green Tahini Sauce for even more flavor. Cabbage never tasted so good!
These light and fluffy breakfast muffins are loaded with fresh baby spinach for a natural green color. They are naturally sweetened and allergy-friendly including gluten-free, nut-free and 100% vegan (no dairy and no eggs). My kids are super into them because they taste amazing. They have the perfect texture and are pretty much fail-proof to make.
An effortless and gourmet spring pasta dish that will wow your loved ones. It is sweet, garlicky, healthy and every bite is bright green. Adding the broccoli rabe is entirely optional. It makes for a unique spring addition to the dish and is a great way to get even more greens into your diet.
Get everyone feeling lucky with these fluffy, delicious vegan dye-free green pancakes! These are the perfect treat for St. Patrick’s Day fun, but they are also a great healthy addition any day since they are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, and egg-free. In this easy recipe I’m ditching the artificial green dye and kicking up the vibrant color with fresh baby spinach — it adds the fun green hue and a ton of iron and fiber to keep your energy levels up for your entire celebration. Old fashioned oats, cinnamon, pure maple syrup, and plant-based milk provide come together for that perfect pancake bite — sweet and soft, with no veggie aftertaste.
This entirely plant-based recipe makes for a stunning and filling entree salad. It is savory, satisfying and easy to pull together. In addition to tasting absolutely delicious this salad is super healthy. I set out to make an authentic but nutritious ranch dressing that is oil-free, mayo-free and dairy-free. Typical ranch dressing gets its creaminess from buttermilk and mayonnaise. Instead, this recipe gets creaminess from blended cashews and water along with buttery avocado.
This is my all-time favorite guacamole recipe. People go crazy over it and it is so simple. I share my tricks in the full blog post.
7-Minute Blender Green Juice (No Juicer Needed)
A cleansing, refreshing and very green juice that is ultra hydrating. Loaded with vegetables and sweetened with apples, this feel-good recipe will be your new favorite beverage. You can mix up the ingredients to suit what you have on hand. I just use whatever leftover vegetables I have in my fridge that I don’t need. You can add herbs, kale or ginger.
Transport yourself to the tropics with this yummy green smoothie full of plant-based protein and fiber. It is creamy and the perfect thickness. The lime provides that amazing zing that will help wake you up and feel energized. Starting your day with this smoothie is never a bad idea!
These Cauliflower Steaks with Lemony Mashed Peas are full of flavor and texture and are so satisfying. The savory and slightly sweet cauliflower steaks are roasted to perfection to create a golden crust. They pair beautifully with the creamy and citrusy peas. The peas offer plant-based protein and provide a bright and creamy bed for the roasted cauliflower steaks. I like to garnish the dish with flaky sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, lemon zest, fresh mint leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
An easy oven-baked method for the absolute crispiest Brussels sprouts. This is a simple and flavorful vegetable side dish that everyone will quickly devour. The outside is golden brown, caramelized and crispy and the inside is perfectly tender. With a couple simple tricks, you too can achieve easy crispy maple roasted Brussels sprouts.
This no-mayo coleslaw with creamy garlic cilantro lime sauce is a fresh spin on classic coleslaw but with much more flavor.
You are going to fall in love with this silky smooth and perfectly flavored lime, cilantro, garlic sauce. It is quick and easy to make and goes great with veggies, bowls, wraps or tacos.
Key lime pie has that classic I’m-on-vacation tropical flavor that always uplifts me and yet puts me in a relaxing mood. This wholesome version is light and sweet and perfect for brunch. Your guests will not believe the creamy pudding is made from avocados. It is effortless to pull together and doesn’t require any baking. It is perfectly tart, creamy and so satisfying. Each layer can be made in advance and assembled just before serving.
A spectacular sauce can make all the difference in a dish. This one is incredibly versatile and is ready in less than five minutes. It works with so many dishes adding fresh flavor and beautiful color.
Talk about a reset drink: Green-Aid to the rescue! When I need to start fresh, I go for this five-ingredient, easy to make drink. It reboots my systems and literally makes me feel like I’m glowing from the inside out. It more than quenches my thirst and provides loads of beneficial nutrients. I find cucumbers and parsley help to “de-bloat” me and pineapple really aids in my digestion. This drink just makes your body feel clean and happy.
I’m completely in love with this simple, plant-powered, grain-free recipe. I make it as a before-dinner nosh all the time. The super crispy thin and slightly nutty warm socca pairs perfectly with the creamy, cool avocado mash. It is loaded with protein and fiber from the chickpea flour and then topped with healthy fat and more fiber from the avocado for an incredibly satisfying pre-dinner snack. It also makes a fun appetizer when entertaining. It is like gourmet street food and will make your kitchen smell amazing when it comes out of the oven. Your guests will want to dive right in. Whenever I serve it it disappears almost instantly. People just cannot resist thin, crispy, delicate, golden brown homemade socca!
So many nutrients are packed in the most delicious, filling and refreshing smoothie I have had in awhile. I never would have thought citrus in a smoothie would do such a great job of masking the greens and matcha, but it really does. This green smoothie will hydrate you and fuel you for the day with good-for-you ingredients.
Happy early St. Patrick’s Day!