30+ BEST Healthy Green Foods (with Easy Recipes)

Looking for the BEST green foods for St. Patrick’s Day or a green-themed party? Or, just looking to get more greens in your diet? I’ve got you covered with these delicious recipes!

The BEST Green Food Recipes to Try Out

Sauteed spinach in white bowl.
Add a healthy boost of nutrients to your dinner with this easy Sauteed Spinach. Baby spinach is added to a skillet along with garlic and olive oil, then sauteed gently to create a simple side dish that pairs with any meal!
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These copycat Din Tai Fung Green Beans are deliciously crispy and coated with lots of savory garlic and a spicy chili crisp. It’s the best umami-forward side dish to pair with all of your takeout-inspired favorites!
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Two green smoothies on counter with metal straws.
This Green Goddess Smoothie features Kale, Almond Milk and Apples, and is the perfect, healthy way to start your day.
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Plate of peruvian chicken on plate with green sauce.
Peruvian Chicken with Creamy Green Sauce is packed with flavor and the perfect way to add some international flair to your next barbecue.
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Small jar of green goddess dressing with spoon
This healthy Green Goddess Dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is loaded with fresh herbs, garlic and tangy lime juice. It’s great on salads, but you can also use it as a dip or as a zesty topping for meat, seafood, chicken or roasted vegetables.
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Pea risotto in black bowl with serving spoon.
This Pea Risotto with Mascarpone, Mint and Prosciutto is rich, creamy and totally decadent.
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Overhead shot of spinach scrambled eggs in white bowl with fork.
Upgrade your everyday eggs with these Spinach Scrambled Eggs! Spinach and parmesan are folded into fluffy scrambled eggs to elevate this perfect for breakfast or brunch.
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Green bloody mary in glass garnished with lime wheel and celery stalk.
This Green Bloody Mary is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day but delicious any time of the year! Made with tomatillos, yellow tomatoes horseradish for a great kick. 
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Hand holding bowl of chickpea salad.
This Chickpeas and Avocado Salad has all the traditional elements of a great guacamole and makes a healthy, protein and fiber-filled dish that’s perfect for lunch or dinner. Plus, it comes together easily in just 10 minutes!
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Pasta salad in bowl on wooden cutting board next to bowl of pepper flakes.
This Zucchini Pasta Salad recipe may be the best I've tried to date! Packed with sauteed zucchini, loads of parmesan cheese, fresh dill and crunchy walnuts.
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Blistered shishitos in bowl with lemon slices and togarashi.
If you need a fun and flavorful finger food for the party, make it these Air Fryer Shishitos! They’re easy to make in 10 minutes, have a mild heat and sweet flavor, and are completely addictive. Bet you can’t eat just one!
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Overhead close up of bowl of kale caesar salad in white bowl with serving spoon.
This Kale Caesar Salad is topped with crispy homemade croutons and parmesan cheese. Massaging the creamy garlic dressing into the kale makes it extra tender and delicious.
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Overhead close up of bowl of pasta tossed with broccoli pesto.
This Broccoli Walnut Pesto is a healthy-ish way to indulge in a big bowl of pasta. This homemade broccoli pesto with fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, olive oil and lemon is rich, creamy and delicious. Swirl it together with your favorite pasta and top it with some extra parmesan and walnuts for a delicious nutty flavor & crunch.
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Shaved brussels sprouts salad in large bowl with serving spoon.
This Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad with Mustard and Parmesan is tossed in a light red wine vinaigrette and makes a delicious, crunchy side dish.
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Overhead shot of din tai fung cucumber salad on grey plate with chopsticks.
This copycat Din Tai Fung Cucumber Salad is bursting with flavor. Beautifully marinated cucumbers drizzled in chili oil is an outstanding vegetarian appetizer you can enjoy for any special occasion!
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Laab on serving platter next to lettuce for arranging.
These Larb Gai Lettuce Wraps will have you hooked on their spicy, zesty flavor. Ground chicken combines with plenty of fresh mint, lime juice and lemongrass for a healthy Thai dish that’s perfect for lunch or dinner.
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Overhead shot of bowl of cold cucumber soup.
Enjoy this cold Cucumber Soup as a refreshing summer appetizer or side dish. Made with garlic, jalapeno, yogurt, and olive oil, this easy recipe blends up in seconds and has playful and savory flavors.
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Arugula Salad ready to be served.
This Arugula Salad recipe with red wine vinaigrette is my go-to green salad. The arugula has a peppery bite to it which pairs wonderfully with the acid in the vinaigrette. It’s the perfect salad for pairing with rich dishes.
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This Kale Pesto is totally vegan, easy, and delicious! Made with fresh greens, walnuts, and Italian seasonings, you’ll want to add it to all of your favorite meals.
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Overhead shot of shaved fennel salad in green serving bowl on pink table.
This Fennel Celery Salad comes together quickly and has such a delicious light lemon-parmesan vinaigrette and wonderful crunch. It's the perfect side salad for rich and hearty dishes like pasta or braised short ribs.  
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Roasted brussel sprouts in bowl drizzled with balsamic glaze and sprinkled with cranberries.
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Reduction & Cranberries make a simple and elegant side dish that both kids and adults love!
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Spears of asparagus cooked sous vide topped with parmesan shavings.
How to cook perfect asparagus sous vide. Bright green, perfectly cooked spears. With three options for flavoring – garlic, parmesan or lemon.
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Basil Arugula pesto in small white bowl with spoon.
Arugula Basil Pesto has peppery kick from the arugula and is flavored with parmesan, garlic, lemon zest and pine nuts. Use this pesto to dress up a sandwich, stir it into hummus or ranch, or toss it with a bowl of pasta! 
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Smoked asparagus spears on baking sheet with parchment and charred lemons.
Learn how to smoke asparagus on a Traeger or pellet grill/smoker! This Traeger Asparagus recipe is foolproof and yields tender-crisp, delightfully smoky asparagus every time.
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Platter of grilled broccolini
This grilled broccolini is topped with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette and marcona almonds for a delicious crunch. It’s a perfect side dish for autumnal menus or Thanksgiving. 
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Artichokes in instant pot liner.
Instant Pot Artichokes are quick and easy to make with the help of your electric pressure cooker. Plus, this recipe gives them SO much flavor!
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Overhead shot of bowl of creamy zucchini soup with spoon.
Take advantage of the summer harvest with this savory and nourishing creamy zucchini soup. Perfect for freezing and using up frozen zucchini!
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Overhead shot of dish of zucchini noodles with fresh herbs on a black plate.
This Half and Half Linguini uses half “real” noodles and half zucchini noodles for a tasty treat with less calories. Plenty of fresh herbs – mint, dill, and parsley – brighten things up along with the briny capers which are fried until crisp.
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Matcha Fudge - Cooking Therapy
An easy recipe for 5 ingredient matcha fudge. This dessert makes the perfect sweet treat for small get togethers.
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Easy Key Lime Pie Recipe (Video) - Sally’s Baking Addiction
This tangy-sweet key lime pie requires just 7 ingredients. It’s easy to make, and sits on a thick and nutty graham cracker macadamia crust.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these green food recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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30+ BEST Green Foods

Looking for the BEST green foods for St. Patrick's Day or a green-themed party? Or, just looking to get more greens in your diet? I’ve got you covered with these delicious recipes! Try this Broccoli Pesto Pasta. It's a healthy-ish way to indulge in a big bowl of pasta.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 people



  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 3 Tablespoons salt and broccoli. Cook until bright green and barely tender, about 5 minutes. Transfer broccoli to a food processor or blender, using a slotted spoon; leaving the boiling water in the pot.
  • Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Reserve 1 cup pasta cooking water, and drain pasta.
  • While pasta cooks, add parmesan, basil, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice to the broccoli in the food processor or blender. Season with salt and pepper, then process until smooth.
  • Toss pasta with broccoli pesto, adding reserved pasta cooking liquid as necessary to coat evenly. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Divide among serving dishes and top with lemon zest, parmesan, walnuts, and a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy.
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Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 3595mg | Potassium: 368mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg

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