Skip the Food Coloring: 8 Naturally Green Showstoppers for St. Patrick’s Day

Why add food coloring to bagels and beer for St. Paddy's Day when naturally green fare (including this festive bright green margarita!) looks and tastes this good?

These beautiful spring dishes capture the green spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with healthy, naturally vibrant ingredients like avocado, cilantro, broccoli and pistachios. Why add food coloring to bagels and beer when naturally green fare (including this festive bright green margarita!) looks and tastes this good? Wow your party guests by serving a lucky spread of green dishes without a drop of dye.

Granny Smith apples, romaine lettuce and a fresh cucumber lend this refreshing margarita its bright-green hue. Decorate the rim with salt and spike the juice with your favorite tequila — silver is particularly nice.

Food Network Kitchen's Avocado Toast with Nori Mix for Superfood Breakfast as seen on Food Network

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Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Get your St. Patrick’s Day morning off to a lucky start with this super-green superfood breakfast of Avocado Toast with Nori Mix.

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Broccoli rabe and pistachios come together to create a flavorful, vibrant green pesto to toss with orecchiette. It’s the perfect dish to tote along to a St. Paddy’s potluck.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

It may be more Mexican than Irish in origin, but this unique guac is still a fitting party starter. It has a surprising crunch, thanks to pistachios on top that contrast nicely with the pear and avocado.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

You can’t have a true Irish celebration without potatoes of some kind, and these broccoli-loaded skins up the fun factor and the green factor at once.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

St. Patrick’s Day is the first official holiday of spring, so bring some in-season asparagus to the party. What looks like a basic side dish is tossed with olives and basil for a huge flavor boost.

Food Network Kitchen's Mexican Green Quinoa For Whole Grains as seen on Food Network

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Nutty quinoa mingles with spinach, cilantro and jalapeno in this bright green side or vegetarian main dish.

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tilapia is a mild-flavored fish, so kick it up with a luscious, currylike green sauce made with coconut milk, cilantro, ginger, garam masala, garlic and jalapeno. It’s nontraditional for St. Patrick’s Day, sure … but so are green bagels.

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