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St. Patrick’s Day is a day of remembrance meant to celebrate St. Patrick an Irish saint. Since March 17th, falls during the lenten season – where traditionally meat is not consumed, St. Patrick’s day for many Irish meant a day of good cheer and actually setting aside the restrictions to enjoy meat and drink.
While these recipes contain no animal products, we still think they are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day whether you are Irish or not! From homemade Bailey’s Irish Cream to Irish Soda Bread to Potato Pancakes, there is something on this list of festive food that you can add to the table for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
When my kids were toddler aged, we would celebrate with green themed food and a fun search for a ‘pot of gold’ and even though they are a little older now, I can’t wait to try some of these recipes for a little good luck celebration in our own household. I know my son would love VegAnnie’s cute shamrock shaped sugar cookies and my daughter adores anything mint so I am eyeing the mini mint chocolate brownies from Strength and Sunshine! Of course, my husband is a sucker for anything with potatoes and there are many of those vegan recipes on this list!
Truly something for anyone celebrating St. Patrick’s Day whether they are plant based, veg curious or going meat-free. This list is divided up into the following categories: main dishes, sides and breads and desserts and drinks.
St. Patrick’s Day Vegan Main Dish, Sides & Breads
Brined in the same traditional method of Corned Beef, this vegan option is perfect for pairing with roasted cabbage. Sarah at Fried Dandelionshails from Boston, and grew up eating traditional Irish meals – this jackfruit, while plant based is reminiscent of those tastes with peppercorns, juniper and allspice berries in the brine for the jackfruit.
These Vegan Potato Pancakes are the perfect way to use up leftover potatoes! Filled with sautéed mushrooms and sauerkraut and then topped with a creamy vegan mustard sauce, my mouth is watering already just thinking about making them!
A pie that is topped with potatoes, I know this would be my husbands idea of the perfect meal! This shepherd’s pie, from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine is reminiscent of the traditional Irish cottage or shepherds but plant based friendly! Mung beans (you can substitute lentils), peas, carrots and corn are combined with spices for a hearty filling and then topped with potatoes! Make this in your cast iron skillet and be sure to put in the oven to really take this Irish pie to the next level of comfort.
I love a good hearty soup and this comforting Vegan Irish Vegetable Stewfrom Jeni at Thyme and Love looks delicious. Root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips and rutabaga are slow cooked on the stove with brown rice and herbs for a satisfying meal any Irish man (or women) would love to eat!
A simple potato dish turned colorful with the addition of kale and flavorful with leeks and parsley! Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen serves up this tasty side dish on St. Patrick’s Day as well as for other festive gatherings throughout the year.
If soup is more your jam than the regular Colcannon recipe above, turn it into soup with this recipe from VNutrition. Filled with potatoes and kale and simmered in a cashew cream sauce, everyone will love this hearty, heart-warming Irish soup.
Garlic, greens and a Guinness are how Letty’s Kitchen serves up St. Patrick’s Day and we agree that this sounds pretty perfect! Beet greens, kale, chard or your choice of greens are sautéed with garlic then tossed with a splash of sherry vinegar for a tasty side.
Give that classic potato salad a new spin with this Tahini Celeriac Potato Salad from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine. Featuring delicious herbs, fingerling potatoes and cream tahini, this dish is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
No need to sacrifice your diet for something special on St. Patrick’s Day! This dairy free paleo friendly mashed cauliflower kale dish from Kelly at Tasting Page is a healthier version of it’s potato counterpart. Cauliflower, kale, garlic and coconut milk combine for a creamy combination.
A fantastic twist on this classic Irish dish comes from Becky at Glue and Glitter. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie with Kale combines tofu with peas, carrots, corn and kale as your pie base and then tops it with creamy potatoes. Perfect for any night and especially great on St. Patrick’s Day!
Euphoric Vegan brings us these savory waffles perfect for a side dish at dinner or a fun St. Patrick’s Day brunch. Potato waffles are seasoned with leeks, parsley and garlic and served with zesty avocado dip.
Cucumbers are naturally green and I love how they make this perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Kari at Beautiful Ingredient puts together this vegan version of Niçoise salad with cucumber noodles, potatoes and chickpeas. A light refreshing dish for your Irish celebration.
Sandwich lovers will rejoice with this Vegan Ultimate Green Panini from Anjali at Vegetarian Gastronomy. Two slices of bread sandwiched between avocado slices, spinach and pesto and then toasted to perfection, yum! Anjali presents two vegan pesto recipes – and the Sundried Tomato Miso Basil Pesto totally is calling our name to try!
Melissa from the Stingy Vegan brings us this Vegan Tempeh Reuben that is anything but stingy! Piled high with spiced tempeh, sauerkraut, spicy Russian dressing and pickles this is one tasty sandwich we are hoping appears magically on our plate this St. Patrick’s Day!
Loaded with good for you ingredients this Green Monster Veggie Burgerfrom Sina at Vegan Heaven not only tastes great but is filled with all types of good for your vegetables! And being green, it makes it very festive for St. Patrick’s Day. Peas, kale, broccoli and combined with oats and walnuts, lightly spiced with Italian herbs and then topped with grilled eggplant, grilled red pepper and a sun-dried tomato vegan mayonnaise! Whoever eats this green burger is sure to have all sorts of health and luck follow them all of their days!
Plant Power Couple brings us this winning combination of Vegan Bacon, Beer and Mushrooms all baked into a savory pie. Any Irish man or women, goodness, any human would be proud to eat this masterpiece on St. Patrick’s Day! The ingredients are worth repeating themselves – a delicious pastry crust that has vegan bacon crumbled on the top and a filling that combines mushrooms and green beans covered in a beer sauce – serve this to your favorite Irish man along with his favorite beer and everyone will be full of good cheer!
A winning combination of mashed potatoes and grated potatoes make up these vegan Irish Potato Cakes from Vegan Richa! They don’t stray far from the traditional Irish boxty potato pancakes recipe except to use a flax egg. Topping with the Avocado Basil Ranch is optional but really makes these potato pancakes outstanding!
You know we love bowls at Bad to the Bowl and we could not resist making a vegan bowl that would be delicious for St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness marinated portabella mushroom bowl is filled with ingredients such as: Portabella mushrooms, asparagus and onions are marinated in Guinness, grilled and served atop a fresh bed of greens and with crispy chickpeas.
Is there anything better to soak up your vegan shepherds pie or potato soup than with a thick slice of Irish Soda bread? We can’t wait to make this Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread recipe from Rebecca at Strength and Sunshine. Gluten free and includes the traditional raisins that are in Irish soda bread. Let perfection rise up for St. Patrick’s Day!
This recipe from Euphoric Vegan is a feast for the eyes – beautiful green color interspersed with vibrant purple that makes you wonder if this is a piece of art or food! (choose food, because this is as tasty as it looks!) You will need flatbread for this recipe, then it is super easy topped with white bean hummus, caramelized onion, sprouting broccoli and kale.
Super simple with only 6 ingredients this Vegan Soda Bread from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen comes together quickly for those who at the last minute want to serve some bread to soak up their Potato Colcannon (hint, hint – see Dianne’s recipe #5 on our list!)
Audrey from Unconventional Baker brings us these delicious farls, a.k.a. Irish Potato Bread! Somewhere between a pancake and bread, these delicious bites will delight anyone – Irish or not! The recipe is gluten free and can be made in the oven or a pan. I love the options for this St. Patrick’s Day staple.
We love the unique spin That Girls Cooks Healthy puts on all her recipes and this recipe is no exception to that. Traditional Irish Potato Farls are treated to a Caribbean Makeover! Traditional Irish potato bread are treated to some additional spices of thyme and parsley that make them unique and a very taste addition to your St. Patrick’s Day meal!
Perfect to serve those you love on St. Patrick’s Day! Vegan Dollhouse brings us this Vegan’s Shepherd’s pie, full of vegetables, kidney beans, mushrooms and topped with whipped mashed potatoes. Any Irish man or women would be please to add this to their lucky feast!
Drinks & Desserts
These Mint Chocolate Cream Truffles from Emily at Pretty Pies would be perfect for an after dinner St. Patrick’s Day dessert! Made with avocado, maple syrup and mint they are also good for you too – now that is Leprechaun magic!
This vegan Irish Cream Bailey’s from Seven Roses tastes like the original with its creamy texture and coffee flavor but contains no dairy! Perfect for after dinner sipping.
This Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse from Curry Trail takes only 5 minutes to make! It gets its decadence from ripe bananas, avocados, dark melted chocolate, coffee decoction, and dark cocoa powder. An easy dessert for after your St. Patrick’s Day feast.
Mini Mint Chocolate Brownies from Strength and Sunshine are allergy friendly and perfect for that ‘just need a tiny sweet taste’ after dinner sweet! Vegan, gluten friendly and naturally sweetened make these perfect for sticking to your diet even on St. Patrick’s Day.
Kids and adults alike will love these shamrock shaped St. Patty’s Day cookies from VegAnnie. They are the perfectly festive for a St. Patrick’s day treat! Also, they are vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free.
Vegan Matcha Baked Donutsfrom Rhian’s Recipes are naturally colored green from Matcha tea which adds multiple health benefits and an earthy flavor! And if you don’t have a donut tin, they can easily be made into cupcakes, perfect for any lucky occasion!
Dairy free Vegan Irish Coffee from Kitchen Treaty is perfect for your St. Patrick’s Day cocktail. A belly warming coffee classic that is whiskey-spiked coffee and topped with fluffy coconut whipped cream. Perfect for your dairy free St. Patrick’s Day cocktail!
Decadent, boozy and indulgent this Guinness Chocolate Cake with Irish Cream Frosting from Wallflower Kitchen is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Chocolate cake is spiked with Guinness and layered between Irish Cream Frosting. Your tastebuds will be super lucky if you make this cake!
Sunnyside Hanne brings us this perfect single serving Dark Chocolate Guinness mug cake. Moist, oil – free, fluffy, dark chocolatey cake with a boozy malty background flavor and a hidden pool of melted chocolate in the center. A lucky treat because it takes only 5 minutes to make!