Naturally Green St. Patrick’s Day Menus

Ingredient,St. Patrick's Day
March 13, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day feasts fit to please any crowd—sans green food dye.

Seared Scallops with Salsa Verde and Asparagus Recipe
Mark Boughton Photography / styling: Teresa Blackburn
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Spread the Irish spirit this St. Patrick’s Day with three Irish-inspired menus which rely on naturally green elements—forgoing chemical-laden, 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.

 

Good-For-You Menu

Kale-Apple Green Smoothie

The recipes in this menu feature whole, unprocessed ingredients—refreshing cucumber, crunchy edamame, and antioxidant-rich kale are just a few. Free of pesky allergens and refined sugar, gluten, and soy, this menu caters to a health-conscious eater who prefers wholesome ingredients, or diners watching their waistlines.

 Apple-Kale Green Smoothie

Green Goddess Edamame Salad

Cucumber, Ginger and Lime Popsicles

 

Kid-Friendly Feast 

Chicken Pesto Panini

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 mealtime 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

 Chicken Panini with Greens and Roasted Red Peppers

Key Lime Cupcakes Topped with Pistachio

 

Gourmet St. Patrick’s Day

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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

Seared Scallops with Salsa Verde and Asparagus

Avocado-Pistachio Ice Cream

 

More St. Patrick’s Day menu ideas…

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Salmon Panzanella

Salmon Panzanella Salad

Beautiful and healthful, this bread salad salad makes an ideal one-dish dinner.

Simple Sautéed Greens

Simple Sautéed Greens

Italian cooks know that olive oil, garlic and a pinch of salt can elevate just about any ingredient into something special.

Linguine with Walnut-Sage Pesto

Linguine with Walnut-Sage Pesto

Earthy sage replaces summer basil in this spin on pesto, enriched with toasted walnuts and walnut oil.

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Simple Sorrel Pesto

Lemony and bright, sorrel makes a great substitute for basil in this creamy pesto.

Pean with Peas, Asparagus, Toasted Almonds and Mint

Penne with Asparagus, Peas and Mint

A vegetarian pasta dinner starring tender asparagus and the heady aroma of mint.

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Grilled Cheese with Arugula and Fig Jam

In this grown-up version of a childhood favorite, the sweet jam balances the pungent cheese and peppery arugula.

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