It is that time of year when we all have the best excuse to eat green foods. This collection contains healthy, naturally green vegetarian and vegan recipes that are wholesome yet comforting and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day Green” theme.

30+ Healthy Naturally Green Vegetarian St. Patrick's Day Recipes
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St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17 annually. It’s a celebration in which Irish and non-Irish communities participate in the “wearing of the green”—sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, on the lapel.

So why not indulge in food that is green? Here are naturally green foods free from food coloring and artificial food dyes. They are tasty and healthy for your family to get into the holiday spirit.

St. Patrick’s Day History

St. Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Many legends grew around him—for example, he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity. The holiday has evolved globally into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking, and a lot of green.

One icon of this Irish holiday is the Leprechaun. The original Irish name for these folklore figures is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil.

Healthy Green St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

This St. Patrick’s Day, get creative with naturally green recipes. Here’s a list of our favorite recipes for you to try for your feast day.

Pesto Orzo Salad

Pesto orzo pasta salad with tomatoes and mozzarella garnished with basil leaves

This Pesto orzo salad is green, flavorful, and easy to make! Sun-dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella make this a summer favorite. Perfect for a picnic, potluck, or weeknight meal.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Air Fryer Brussels sprouts in a white bowl

Brussels sprouts roasted in the air fryer are crunchy and tasty. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, they are a perfect green side dish or snack, ready in under 15 minutes.

Chunky Guacamole

Spicy Chunky Guacamole garnished with cilantro and lime in a bowl with chips on side

This is my go-to chunky guacamole recipe. All you need are a few basic ingredients, such as avocado, onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and spices. 

Thai Green Curry

Instant Pot Thai Green Curry Tofu _ Vegetables - Piping Pot Curry-1

This authentic Vegan Green Curry with Tofu and Vegetables is rich, creamy, and luscious with bold, spicy flavors, and so easy to make in under 30 minutes. You will enjoy the takeout experience at home!

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna - Instant Pot

A healthy vegetarian lasagna with lots of fresh spinach, green artichokes, and cheese layered between noodles. Step out of your comfort zone and try this delicious pressure-cooked lasagna in the instant pot!

Broccoli Soup

Instant Pot Cream of Broccoli Soup

Enjoy this healthy Cream of Broccoli soup made in less than 30 minutes. This delicious green soup can now be guilt-free with this plant-based, vegan & gluten-free recipe. Perfect for a quick, satisfying lunch or dinner.

Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich

Avocado egg salad toast on a platter

You will love this green twist to the classic egg salad with the addition of avocados. The avocado egg salad sandwich is a convenient, fast, and easy way to eat a healthy breakfast!

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Palak Paneer is one of the most popular dishes from North India. Paneer cubes are simmered into a creamy, vibrant green spinach gravy. It is a nutritious Vegetarian, Gluten-free, and Low Carb dish.

Instant Pot Green Beans

Steamed green beans with garlic and lemon on a platter

These perfectly steamed Instant Pot Green Beans have a fresh, crunchy texture and are ready in a jiffy! Saute with butter and garlic, drizzle on some lemon juice, and they make a delicious side dish for any meal.

Guacamole Devilled Eggs

Guacamole Deviled Eggs on a black base with cilantro spread around

Green Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a healthy twist to the traditional deviled eggs. Enjoy this as a healthy snack or an appetizer for your next gathering!

Indian Green Chutney

Indian green mint cilantro chutney in a white bowl

A cool, spicy and tangy chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must-try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs and sandwiches. This Indian green sauce is versatile and can be varied with simple ingredients!

Easy Sprouts Salad

indian sprouts salad in a bowl topped with crunchy peanuts

This green homemade nutrition-packed Sprouts Salad is made with sprouted mung beans, crunchy onions, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and spices. It is a refreshing salad with fresh and tangy flavors and can be enjoyed as a great protein-rich breakfast or snack. 

Rotini Chickpea Pasta

Rotini chickpea pasta salad in a plate topped with feta and crushed red pepper.

You need just a few ingredients to make this delicious Rotini Chickpea Pasta with fresh green arugula, cherry tomatoes, and feta. It is healthyflavorful, and takes less than 30 minutes to make!

Spinach Rice

Spinach Rice in a cast-iron pan topped with lemon slices

Aromatic basmati rice with green spinach and spices make this dish flavorful and healthy! Vegan & Gluten-free.

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Crunchy air fryer kale chips in a bowl

Air Fryer Kale Chips are the best way to enjoy kale! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, green, low-calorie snack that can be made in less than 20 minutes. Roasting kale chips in the air fryer is easy and keeps them crispy for days!

Instant Pot Asparagus Risotto

Lemony Asparagus Risotto in a white bowl

This Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto brings all the vibrant flavors and green color of spring to your bowl. This gluten-free risotto is the best one-pot meal made with fresh asparagus, zesty lemon, and arborio rice.

Methi Matar Malai

Methi Matar Malai curry served along side naan bread

Methi Matar Malai is a smooth, rich, and delicious curry made in white gravy along with fenugreek, green peas, and cashews. This North Indian curry is well known for its rich, creamy texture and pairs perfectly with naan or rice!

Avocado Banana Smoothie

avocado banana smoothie garnished with mint leaves in 2 glasses

This green, delectable avocado banana smoothie is a must-try! This smoothie makes a great breakfast or snack full of healthy fats and a wonderful creamy texture.

Gnocchi in Basil Pesto

Pesto Gnocchi

An easy and delicious meal, Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce. This can be prepared in less than 20 minutes for a tasty and satisfying dinner for those busy weeknights.

Saag Aloo

Saag Aloo made in the instant pot served in a earthen bowl with the tempering in the back and naan on the side.

Nutritious spinach makes the green base for this traditional North Indian dish, combined with potatoes and spices. This is a simplified one-pot version made in Instant Pot, which takes just 30 minutes to prepare. This is a vegan & gluten-free curry.

Roasted Broccoli

Air Fryer broccoli

This easy roasted broccoli takes 10 minutes to make in the air fryer. It is vibrant green, tender with roasted edges, and so delicious. A perfect healthy side dish that your whole family will love.

Shikanji (Indian Lemonade)

shikanji nimbu pani in 2 glasses garnished with mint leaves

This homemade salty Indian Lemonade, also known as Shikanji or Nimbu Pani, is refreshing and flavorful and helps to beat the summer heat. Made with naturally green and clean ingredients, it can be served at any time of the day.

Pesto Spaghetti

Instant Pot Pesto Pasta with spaghetti in a bowl

Spaghetti tossed in the green sauce, along with sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon juice. This is my favorite way to eat spaghetti, and it is ready in just 20 minutes! 

Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts

Asian style kung pan Brussels sprouts in a bowl with chopsticks

These Kung Pao Brussels sprouts are a simple yet delicious side dish that adds a lot of green to your meal. Garnished with roasted peanuts and sesame seeds, they can be prepared in under 30 minutes.

Avocado Cilantro Sauce

Dipping a chip in Avocado cilantro jalapeno crema sauce

This green Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce is finger-licking delicious. It takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender and is perfect for tacos, burgers, salads, or just a dip with chips and vegetables.

Aloo Beans

Beans and potato stir fry in a black bowl

This easy Aloo Beans or Indian Green Beans stir fry with Potatoes is a vegan & gluten-free recipe, perfect for a vegetable side dish!

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus soup topped with olive oil and 2 stalks of asparagus and black pepper

You won’t believe how easy it is to make this Asparagus Soup in your Instant Pot. This bowl of green goodness is creamy, and you’ll have it ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!

Cauliflower with Cilantro Sauce

Roasted cauliflower topped with green cilantro sauce
Air Fryer Recipes

This Air Fryer Cauliflower seasoned with spices is easy to make and amazingly delicious topped with green cilantro yogurt sauce. Enjoy as a wonderful low-carb side dish or appetizer.

Saag Paneer

Saag Palak Paneer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Saag Paneer is the authentic North Indian favorite. It is made by cooking naturally green mustard leaves and spinach with spices and cottage cheese, which makes it a delicious and nutritious dish.

Air Fryer Asparagus

roasted asparagus a pretty white serving plate

Here is an easy way to use fresh green asparagus and turn it into a healthy, delicious side dish. This Air Fryer Asparagus is perfectly seasoned and cooks quickly while keeping it tender-crisp.

Avocado Chutney Sandwich

Sandwich with avocado, chutney and cream cheese on a cutting board

Make this amazing Indian-style Avocado Chutney Sandwich and satisfy those morning hunger pangs in a green way. You will love the taste of fresh mint cilantro chutney and the creamy smooth avocado slices in every bite! 

Kurkuri Bhindi (Crispy Fried Okra)

Kurkuri Bhindi or Crispy fried okra with green chutney to dip

Kukuri Bhindi, called Kurmure Bhendi Bhaja in Bengali, is sliced okra coated in spices and fried until crunchy.  This crispy fried okra is so good you cannot stop eating it. Make this crispy okra by deep frying or in the air fryer. Enjoy this green appetizer or side dish!

Basil Walnut Pesto

Basil Walnut Pesto

Fresh Basil Walnut Pesto can be made in 10 minutes with just five ingredients – Fresh basil leaves, walnuts, garlic, romano (or parmesan), and olive oil.  This is your best versatile green sauce!

Lemon Asparagus Pasta

Penne Pasta with green Asparagus and peas in a white bowl

Get all spring flavors in a bowl with this Lemon Asparagus Pasta. Make it in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes, and the result will be a creamy bowl of pasta filled with fresh greens! Try this delicious, vegetarian, one-pot meal tonight!

Happy St. Patricks Day! I hope you enjoy the day with lots of wonderful food, fun, and laughter ☘️

30+ Healthy St. Patrick's Day Recipes (Naturally Green)

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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