Whether you’re Irish or Irish in spirit, we can all agree that St. Patrick’s Day is a fun excuse to break out our spring colors and eat all of the greens. Some go the more traditional route with Irish soda bread and corned beef and cabbage, while others go for the green eggs and ham or green-themed sweets.
This year, I’m celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a healthier twist. I’m going green with a seasonal salad, a gorgeous avocado toast, an Italian springtime soup, and an herbaceous potato salad. Since life is all about balance, I’m topping off my menu with a Cucumber and Cilantro Tonic that’ll have you relaxed and ready to celebrate.
My butter lettuce salad screams Spring, with avocado, four types of radishes, creamy farmers cheese, and a sweet and tangy herbed vinaigrette. Once Springtime comes around, I’ll find any excuse to incorporate beautiful watermelon radishes into my dishes. Click here for the recipe.
I love to start my day with avocado toast! Not only is it delicious, but it’s LOADED with nutrients. And, if you know me, you know that I love to play with my food. Avocado gives me a blank canvas to create beautiful plates reminiscent of Picasso’s best. I should be featured at the MoMA, don’t you think!? The avocado acts as a buttery spread that’ll have you saying goodbye to boring old toast and jam! Find the recipe here.
Zuppa di Primavera, or Italian spring soup, is the essence of spring in a bowl! Chock full of sugar snap peas, asparagus, and haricots verts, this bright soup is a playground for your spring farmers market finds. When it comes to Italian-style soups, pasta and grated cheese are two staples that I always keep nearby. Click here for the recipe!
I love a great potato salad! So often people assume that it has to be smothered in mayonnaise or another fat in order to taste good. But, when you’ve got a beautiful garden of fresh herbs at your fingertips, this couldn’t be further from the truth! The beauty of using fresh herbs is that you can play with your flavor combinations depending on the season. Here’s a version I know you’ll love.
Now, more than ever, self-care is so important! My Cucumber Cilantro Tonic will make you feel like you’re having a day at the spa, with an added splash of tequila . There’s something about the blend of cucumber, lime juice, and cilantro that puts my whole body at ease. Find the recipe here.
Have fun celebrating all things Irish! I’d love for you to share any St. Patrick’s Day inspiration in the comments section below.