St. Patrick's Day Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes

Celebrate with a plant-based Irish feast

Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

You don't need to be Irish — or eat animal products — to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Every year on March 17th, folks all around the world gather together to pay homage to St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. If you're looking to host an Irish-inspired feast that respects your vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, we've got you covered with our best plant-based recipes. 

Whether you're craving meatless versions of traditional Irish foods like shepherd's pie and Irish stew, or green dishes to add Irish flair to your holiday table, you'll find delicious recipes for a seasonal menu. Get your Irish on with our holiday-ready drinks, dinner entrees, side dishes, desserts, and more.

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    Black Velvet Cocktail

    Black Velvet Hero

    The Spruce / Emily Baker

    The black velvet is an interesting mixed drink that combines ​​Champagne and dark beer in a single glass. One may think this an unlikely combination but it's been around for a very long time and may even be the original beer mixed drink. It can be helpful to use the bartender's floating trick by pouring the beer over the back of a bar spoon to disrupt the flow. It's the secret behind other layered beer drinks like the black and tan.

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    Vegan Irish Coffee

    Vegan Irish Coffee

    Jolinda Hackett

    No Irish meal would be complete without a bit of spirits. Our warm and boozy vegan Irish coffee is just what you need to help you collect yourself on a cold March day. Make it easily with just a few simple ingredients, and garnish cups with a generous spoonful of non-dairy whipped cream for a festive treat. May the road always rise up to meet you!

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    St. Patrick's Day Green Beer

    St. Patrick's Day Green Beer

    The Spruce

    Toast the luck of the Irish with frosty mugs of emerald-colored beer. A beloved St. Paddy's Day tradition in American bars for more than a century, green beer is a fun way is a fun and refreshing way to say cheers. It's as easy as adding a drop or two of green food coloring to your favorite pint of pale ale.

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    Green Lemonade Mocktail

    Green Lemonade Mocktail

    The Spruce / Madhumita Sathishkumar

    Embrace your inner Irish with this fun, refreshing, family-friendly mocktail. It's a cinch to mix up a pitcher to serve at your St. Patrick's Day gathering, with store-bought lemonade and limeade, a little sugar, and muddled kiwi fruit (conveniently in season through to late spring).

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    Beet Hummus Recipe

    Beet Hummus Recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    Brighten up your tablescape with a rainbow-colored spread of vegetables and beet hummus. Once you roast the beets, this dish comes together in a matter of minutes. Plus, you can make it ahead of time for a fuss free appetizer.

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    Cilantro and Lemon Hummus

    Cilantro and Lemon Hummus

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    Herby hummus with cilantro and lemon is a yummy appetizer for any party. Entirely vegan, and adorned with fresh green leaves of cilantro (which look quite a bit like Irish shamrocks), our yummy version is a cinch to whizz up in just a few minutes in the blender or food processor. Serve with veggie sticks, pita triangles, or vegan crackers alongside for dipping.

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    Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread

    Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Irish Soda Bread

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Rustic Irish soda bread is a must for your festive meal. It's a miracle how this easy wheat-free, dairy-free recipe bakes up into an authentic, crusty, artisan loaf you can enjoy as-is, or spread with margarine. Scored with the classic X, it makes a lovely centerpiece for your St. Patrick's Day table.

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    Boxty: Irish Potato Cakes (Vegetarian)

    Irish Potato Cakes recipe

    The Spruce

    Most cultures have some version of potato cakes. The Irish call theirs boxty, while Jewish cuisine calls them latkes. Either way, they make a filling appetizer or side dish that both adults and children love to eat. These traditional Irish boxty potato cakes use both fresh potatoes and leftover.

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    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

    Vegan Cauliflower and Potato Soup

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    When planning a St. Patrick's Day dinner, potatoes must be somewhere on the table. Our vegan and vegetarian and vegan cauliflower and potato soup is a low-calorie alternative to heavier potato potages made with cream. Top bowls with a sprinkle of nutritional yeast or vegan cheese, and a few sliced green onions, for a pretty presentation on the table.

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    Vegan Cabbage Soup Recipe

    Fat free vegan cabbage soup recipe

    ​The Spruce / Andrea Livingston

    This cabbage soup is a fat-free vegan and vegetarian recipe that is low in calories. Our recipe is made with nothing more than cabbage, onions, garlic, vegetable broth and salt and pepper, and it gets plenty of flavor from a bit of hot sauce and some fresh chopped cilantro.

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    Baked Cabbage Steaks

    Baked Cabbage Steaks

    The Spruce / Julia Estrada

    Take a gander at this creative cabbage recipe that is sure to impress your foodie friends. Cutting a head of cabbage into "steaks" for roasting in the oven gives them a crispy, caramelized quality you need to taste to believe. Drizzled in a creamy, garlicky, dairy-free dressing, they may even outshine your holiday mains.

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    Vegan Mashed Potatoes

    Vegan Mashed Potatoes

    The Spruce / Sonia Bozzo

    A velvety mash is a must-have on St. Paddy's Day, whether or not you are eating vegan. Our best vegan mashed potatoes are unbelievably creamy and rich-tasting, without a drop of dairy in sight. Best of all, they reheat well, so you can make them ahead, to save stress on the day.

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    Steamed Cabbage 2 Ways

    Steamed Cabbage Recipe Two Ways recipe, cabbage on a plate

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Whether you use the stove or the microwave, steamed cabbage is a fantastic dish to serve with just about anything. For this recipe, you can keep it very simple—the addition of butter and salt lets that delicious cabbage flavor shine (just be sure to use vegan-friendly, if needed). You can add freshly chopped dill or spices to take it up an ante.

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    Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    Roasted Brussels Sprouts

    The Spruce / Preethi Venkatram

    Brussels sprouts are a good-for-you vegetable that take on a great, mellow flavor when roasted at high temperatures. These roasted Brussels with wonderfully crisp edges and tender, perfectly cooked centers will add nutrition, and a nice splash of green, to your Irish supper.

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    Vegan Irish Colcannon Potatoes and Cabbage

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    Colcannon is a traditional Irish side dish made with potatoes and cabbage, and this Irish colcannon recipe ​puts a vegan twist on it. Colcannon was introduced to the United States by Irish immigrants and is most commonly served on St. Patrick's Day. The word colcannon comes from the Gaelic word, cal ceannann, which means white-headed cabbage. 

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    Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Plant-Based Meat

    Vegan Shepherd's Pie With Plant-Based Meat

    The Spruce / Stephanie Goldfinger

    If you fancy a meatier-tasting shepherd's pie at your vegan feast, then look no further. Our country-style vegan recipe gives the classic comfort food casserole a plant-based makeover, by using Beyond or Impossible "meat" in place of the usual ground beef. A few pantry seasonings are all that is needed to season the mock meat, and the whole thing is topped with the most delicious vegan mash.

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    Vegan Pot Pie

    Vegan Pot Pie

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Warm and homey vegan pot pie is a dream dinner for any cold night of the year. This comforting main dish is full of savory goodness from browned seitan, umami-rich mushrooms, celery, onions, with a creamy texture courtesy of almond milk. It's all baked inside the most scrumptious and flaky vegan pastry crust, for a dish that will give you all the holiday dinner vibes.

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    Crock Pot Vegetarian Stew With Seitan

    Crock Pot Vegetarian Stew With Seitan

    The Spruce / Anastasiia Tretiak

    When the traditional, meat-laden Irish stew won't do, try our satisfying vegetarian version instead. This vegetarian crock pot stew uses seitan (a vegan meat substitute) for a classic and hearty "meat" and potatoes alternative. Chunky carrots, celery, onions, and garlic add a boost of flavor and texture, so you won't miss the actual meat.

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    Guinness Stout Chocolate Brownies

    Guinness Stout Chocolate Brownies

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Whether or not your standard bar order is a pint of the black stuff, you are sure to adore these lovely, moist chocolate brownies. The batter includes cocoa powder, two kinds of chocolate, and four whipped eggs, which gives these decadent bars a surprisingly light texture. But the real secret hero is Irish Guinness stout, which serves to intensify the chocolate flavor.

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    Rainbow Popcorn

    Rainbow Popcorn

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    Making rainbow popcorn is a creative and fun way to celebrate the holiday with kids and adults alike. The color scheme is entirely up to you, so you can turn this recipe into a completely green theme, if desired. This also serves as an easy party favor for guests. Note, you will need to swap in a vegan-friendly butter to make this completely vegan.

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    Grasshopper Pie (Vegetarian)

    Grasshopper Pie

    Kristina Vanni

    There's nothing like a green-inspired dessert for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. This mint-flavored, no-bake pie with a homemade chocolate crust is inspired by the grasshopper cocktail, a minty sweet after-dinner drink. The name comes from the bright green color of the creme de menthe.

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    Vegan Pumpkin Scones

    Vegan Pumpkin Scones

    The Spruce / Emily Hawkes

    Scones are not only a traditional Irish treat but they are also one of the first recipes Irish children learn to bake. These tasty scones made with pureed pumpkin, and scented with ginger spice, are nice and dense, but come out moist, and will fill your kitchen with heavenly, homey aromas.