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:
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!