Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. That means you—yes, even you, the active South Beach Dieter—can throw a party. Here at The Palm, we have plenty of handy recipes that are company-approved. To get you and your guests in the St. Paddy’s Day spirit, we’ve rounded up 17 of our most delicious and healthy green recipes that are perfect to enjoy on March 17th.
Here are 17 green recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day party.
1. Matcha Smoothie Bowl >
Matcha is made from the same plant as green tea. According to Healthline, it boosts brain function, promotes heart health, promotes weight loss and protects the liver. It’s also high in antioxidants and contains caffeine, so this smoothie is a great way to party the morning of (or maybe the day after).
2. Deviled Egg Stuffed Avocado >
Creamy. Fragrant. Satisfying. These are not words usually used when talking about a “diet” recipe. However, this stuffed avocado is absolutely delicious and would look interesting against deviled eggs, always a crowd-pleasing appetizer. You can even make the filling ahead of time to save some time.
3. Lamb chops with mint pesto >
Lamb and mutton are very popular meats in Ireland and the British Isles, so this green-tinged recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Plan to serve two patties per person and top the meal with a green side, such as broccolini, brussels sprouts, or our Sesame green beans.
4. Sesame green beans >
This beautiful side can be kept alongside lamb chops or can impress guests as a first course in a salad. By serving it cold, you can also make it the day before, giving you more time on the day of the party to prepare appetizers, prepare drinks, chat with guests, and just stay out of the kitchen.
5. Southern Style Burger Bites >
Looking for green recipes that will earn you the big five from your husband? Meaty, tangy, and tangy (thanks to the pimentos and bread and butter pickles), these sliders are another “you won’t believe you’re on a diet!” Want to add more southern flavor? Replace iceberg leaves with necklaces.
6. Cucumber salad with bulgur and mint >
Not familiar with bulgur? This super-grain is made from cracked, whole wheat kernels that are boiled and dried before packaging, Healthline says. Here, bulgur takes 12 minutes to cook, which is just enough time to chop the vegetables. A wonderful salad in 15 minutes. Yes please!
7. Chayote Salad >
Chayote is a type of squash that looks like a large, bumpy avocado or pear. According to TheSpruceEats.com, it has a mild flavor and texture similar to a hard cucumber. No need to peel or cook. Although, if you want to cook it, chayote can easily work in your favorite summer squash recipes. We paid homage to his Mexican roots in this easy salad with serrano peppers, cilantro, and lemon.
8. Salmon Cucumber Cups >
These delicious snacks are a nod to the Irish flag. Like some of the other green recipes we’ve included on this list, these cups can be made ahead of time to give guests more time to entertain. This recipe only makes two servings, so be prepared to triple it if you’re expecting six or more guests.
9. Ginger Chicken Salad Cucumber Cups >
Not a fan of salmon? Here’s a great alternative. Our taste testers felt that the lime zest and ginger heat added a lot of flavor to these chicken cups. However, bind the meat with some cream cheese to increase the deliciousness factor.
10. Spinach and Artichoke Dip >
Another Irish flag in a bowl. This classic dip can be served hot or cold. Cut your cucumber plates into shamrock shapes and you’ll be the entertainer of the year.
11. Homestyle Green Bean Casserole >
Don’t limit this dish to the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Green bean casserole means comfort anytime, and Irish food is comforting above all else. If one of your guests has a nut allergy, simply omit the nuts and increase the amount of breadcrumbs to coat the onions. Look around your grocery store for “breadcrumbs” made from chickpeas or pork rinds.
12. Coconut Matcha Chia Pudding >
Pop quiz. What is matcha? (Pssst. We told you at the beginning of this article.) If you said it comes from the green tea plant, you are correct. If you said it contains caffeine, correct it. And if you said that it is healthy, we will give you a green star. Chia seeds, coconut, and matcha round out this powerful pudding for an easy, no-bake dessert.
13. Green Tea Iced Latte >
It’s nice when recipes have exactly one direction. Gather a few ingredients and…wait for it…mix. Whether it’s your snack or a holiday treat, this latte is refreshing and packed with vitamins and minerals. Make a vanilla protein shake made with festive matcha and spinach. Want to share your favorite shake mix? Feel free to substitute some plain, full-fat Greek yogurt.
14. Fruit salad with lime and mint >
Instead of green velvet cake or chocolate mint desserts (of which you can never eat just one serving), why not indulge? If you are in your service phase or on our diabetes program, you can have dessert in the form of a delicious, fresh fruit salad. Don’t skimp on the mint and lime; they really bring out the flavor of the fruit and add to the St. Paddy’s Day feeling.
15. Pesto Cilantro Dip >
You can’t go wrong with a pesto feast. Paired with some great drinks, this appetizer is sure to be a hit. Keep slices of raw bell pepper and sliced cucumber available for you and your veggie lovers. Slice some toast for the regular guest. And why not offer a variety of crunchy options? Some sprouted seed crackers, pretzels, and pita chips are perfect for dipping into this nutritious drink. Everyone is happy.
16. 4-Ingredient “Cheese” Cabbage Chips >
Don’t let the third ingredient, nutritional yeast, scare you. This product is becoming increasingly popular with those trying to avoid dairy because of its cheesy taste. The name says it all. nutritional yeast is loaded with nutrients. Kale chips are the perfect vessel in which to try nutritional yeast. Next, sprinkle it over your meals or over popped popcorn.
17. Green rice with summer peas >
As we mentioned earlier, Irish food is the definition of comfort. To round off this list of green recipes, here’s another emerald dish to give you that homey feeling. Rice is filling, familiar, and compliments almost any dish. Whether you’re serving corned beef, lamb, or Irish stew, this side satisfies. Additionally, it can be made ahead and reheated before serving or served immediately at room temperature.