10 Healthy (And Green!) St. Patrick's Day Appetizers
St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner (some of you may even be celebrating this weekend!) and what better way to partake than with some festive green food. These 10 healthy, green St. Patrick's Day appetizers focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients and spring flavours. Sure to be a hit on St. Patty's Day or any other day this spring!
Celebrate a traditional Irish ingredient – potatoes, with a less than traditional take on potato salad. Light and bright, featuring a grainy mustard vinaigrette and a healthy dose of kale, this salad is a welcome change from the heavier roasted and mashed preparations we've been eating all winter and is likely to fall into heavy rotation as warmer months and BBQ season approaches.
The combination of sauteed asparagus spears and a soft cooked egg is as classic as it comes, and it can't get any simpler than this recipe which only takes 20 minutes and one pan to prepare. If you're using a cast iron skillet, serve this dish in the pan at the table for a rustic presentation.
This is a great way to use up leftover cooked grains while also getting in a good dose of greens. The patties are quite quick to come together and make a nice side or appetizer, especially when served with some greens and an easy to throw together dip like a lemon and herb mayonnaise.
Cabbage isn't just for coleslaw any more. These wraps use the more tender leaves of savoy cabbage to encase a rainbow of cut up veggies and tofu for a wholly virtuous appetizer or snack. Be sure to serve them with the savoury asian inspired dipping sauce included in the recipe.
Avocado toast is having a real moment these days. While it's dead simple to make and a totally delicious as a snack, it can also be a great vehicle for experimentation. Use the recipe below as a jumping off point for inspired toppings that will make it a dinner party-ready treat.
Toast with Lemony Pea Mash by Bon Appetit
Keep your avocado toast company with a tasty pea crostini. Frozen or fresh will do well here, and the key is a nice balance of lemon and garlic and well charred or toasted slices of bread. A sprinkling of parmesan or slice of fresh mozzarella would be a welcome addition on top.
Trade in basic garlic bread for these from-scratch Vegan Pesto Breadsticks. Though it involves a few extra steps to make the vegan parmesan used in the pesto, you can keep the leftovers on hand for later use. And, of course, if bread-making isn't in the cards for a weeknight meal, a package of store bought pizza dough will work just as well.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Arugula by The Kitchn
For an elegant starter that is so simple you can literally assemble it in minutes, take bunches of peppery arugula and wrap them in thin slices of prosciutto. Assemble about 3-4 per guest and for a finishing touch to serve, drizzle with a bit of aged balsamic or good olive oil.
Twice baked potatoes are a throwback comfort food dish that most of us can remember in some form or another from our childhoods. Replacing the bacon bits and cheddar for lacinto kale, leeks and three kinds of cheese, this recipe finds a nice balance between old-school and new school appetites.
Everyday Green Chopped Salad by Jamie Oliver
We'd be remiss not to include a fresh green salad on this list of green appetizers. This recipe for an “everyday” chopped salad keeps the ingredients simple, some greens, sprouts, cucumber and avocado, but makes things special with a crumble of aged cheese and a strongly seasoned garlic and lemon vinaigrette.