10 Ways to Eat Your Greens on St. Patrick’s Day
Everyone wants to be just a wee bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, sharing in the fun and frivolity while turning everything from beer to the Chicago River various shades of green. Fortunately, you don’t need to use an artificial coloring on your food, as there are many naturally colored green foods, from dark leafy greens to fresh spring lettuces perfect for main dish salads. So whether on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the week, it really is easy to eat green. If you are serving up a warm beef stew this St. Patrick’s Day, be sure and add a skillet of hot cornbread. Watch Southern Living Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin start the day off with a fun and delicious green breakfast even Kermit the Frog would appreciate.
White Bean, Sausage, and Turnip Green Stew
Dark leafy greens are a tasty and nutritious addition to a hearty stew on St. Patrick’s Day.
Recipe: Collard-and-Olive Pesto
Spread this bright and festive-looking pesto on crostini, use as a dip for cut vegetables, or stir a spoonful into hot pasta.
Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Recipe: Mashed Potatoes with Greens
Stir some kale, turnip greens, or other leafy green into your mashed potatoes for a colorful twist. For a St. Patrick’s Day meal, use these potatoes to top a Shepherd’s Pie.
Pepper Jelly Margaritas
Recipe: Pepper Jelly Margaritas
Margaritas may be more at home at a Cinco de Mayo celebration, but if you aren’t a fan of green beer, these green salty libations will keep you hydrated on St. Patrick’s Day.
Green St. Patrick's Day Breakfast
Kick off St. Patrick's Day with a festive meal your whole family will love.
Recipe: Ham-and-Greens Crostini
A classic Southern dish is the inspiration for this creamy and salty appetizer, perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day party.
Recipe: Watercress-Buttermilk Soup
Serve this delicious chilled soup at your St. Patrick’s Day brunch; the color will remind everyone of an Irish spring morning.
Grits-and-Greens Breakfast Bake
Recipe: Grits-and-Greens Breakfast Bake
Start St. Patrick’s Day off with a hearty breakfast of cheesy grits boosted with the flavor of collard greens.
Avocado-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Recipe: Avocado-Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Serve this green ice cream at your St. Patrick’s Day party and your guests will be dancing a jig—it is that good.
Collard Green Carbonara
Recipe: Collard Green Carbonara
You can get this quick and hearty weeknight meal on the table in under 40 minutes, leaving you and your little leprechauns plenty of family time.