17 Green Foods You’ll Actually Want to Eat on St. Patrick’s Day

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Drinking green beer seems like it might be, if not a good idea, then at least, an okay idea on St. Patrick’s Day—at first. Against your better judgment, you convince yourself to partake thanks to an internal monologue studded with plenty of enthusiasm, but little logic: It’s green! It’s festive! Everyone’s having one! It’s a celebration! Green food was fun as a kid, and green beer is the awesome adult version!

But then you’re a sip or two in, and you’re all too aware that green food coloring doesn’t hold the same magic for you as an adult, in cheap beer, as it once did for you as a child, in green scrambled eggs.

All is not lost. First, set down the green beer and order a beer that tastes good to you. Next, plan a menu packed with green foods that people actually want to eat—no food coloring required.

Here are 17 dishes that prove green food can still be great:

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata by Josh Cohen

Macaroni Peas

Macaroni Peas by Nicholas Day

Spinach, Mung Bean, and Millet Burgers

Spinach, Mung Bean, and Millet Burgers by Lindsey S. Love | Dolly and Oatmeal

Roberta's Parsley Cake

Roberta’s Parsley Cake by Genius Recipes

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast by Marian Bull

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk

Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk by Gena Hamshaw

Green Rice

Green Rice by Marian Bull

Matcha Swiss Roll

Matcha Swiss Roll by Betty

Milk-Braised Beet Greens

Milk-Braised Beet Greens by Jennifer Perillo

Minty Pea Purée on Toast

Minty Pea Purée on Toast by Gena Hamshaw

Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup

Heidi Swanson’s Spicy Green Soup by Genius Recipes

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Grasshopper Shake

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Grasshopper Shake by Genius Recipes

Julie Sahni's Curried Avocado with Garlic and Green Chiles

Julie Sahni’s Curried Avocado with Garlic and Green Chiles by Genius Recipes

Anna Thomas' Green Soup

Anna Thomas’ Green Soup by Genius Recipes

Spanakopita Grilled Cheese

Spanakopita Grilled Cheese by Alexandra V. Jones

Matcha Snickerdoodles

Matcha Snickerdoodles by Ali Slagle

A Slaw-Kraut Hybrid to Inspire Your Dinners This Week

A Slaw-Kraut Hybrid to Inspire Your Dinners This Week by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Tell us: What green foods will you be eating on St. Patrick’s Day?

This post originally ran last year—we’re running an updated version of it today because St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner!

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