Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Guide

By: KD Angle-Traegner / Last Update: March 2021

Are you planning a Vegan St. Patrick’s Day celebration? You’ve come to the right place.

First, I’ll show you how to create your very own green food dye because everything is green for this holiday.

Next up, recipes galore! Whatever type of vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes you’re looking for, they’re bound to be here. Savory or sweet, this guide has them.

Finally, we’ll discuss what alcohols are vegan-friendly. I’ve even thrown in a few cocktails to try at home.

It’s everything you’ll need to celebrate the greenest day of the year.

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DIY Green Food Coloring

Because everything is green on St. Patrick’s Day.

A jar of green food coloring sitting on an outstretched palm.

Homemade green food dye / Source

Artificial Food Colors Are Everywhere

Green is the official color for St. Patrick’s Day.

Stores pack their shelves with green hats, glasses, beads, cups, and t-shirts. Bars serve up mugs of green beer and other green-hued cocktails. Grocery stores serve up green frosted cookies, cakes, and cupcakes with impossibly cute green sprinkles on top.

Green, green, everywhere you look. Generally speaking, these food and drinks get their colors from artificial food colors.

I am not a fan of artificial food colors.

These toxic chemicals masquerading as food are possible through the wonder of chemistry and the industry of oil drilling. Studies have shown various adverse health effects from ingesting them. Did you know that artificial food colors undergo animal testing to ensure their safety as a food additive?

It’s true.

Relatedly, animal testing can yield dangerous results when physicians treat patients using medicine based on the results of these studies.

How to Make Green Food Coloring

Every time a holiday approaches, the artificial colors go on sale. Magazines, blogs, and videos feature impossibly cute and creative treats made with a variety of unnatural colors achieved through the magic of artificial colors.

There’s a better way; make bright, vivid colors at home.

Easy to make, homemade green food colors come from everyday ingredients found in your fridge or pantry. Trust me, it’s not complicated or expensive.

Click here for the full step-by-step homemade food coloring tutorial for a better, plant-powered rainbow.

Shop for Green Vegan Food Coloring

Would you prefer to buy green vegan food dye? No problem.

Here are a few that are colored with vegetable juice or spices and contain no synthetic dyes.

Disclosure: These two options contain affiliate links I earn from qualifying purchases. See my Affiliate Policy for more details.

Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature

I picked up a few packets to test out on my favorite sugar cookies.

I’m a fan.

First, the colors come packaged in individual packets, which means I don’t over-buy. Second, the colors mix easily and create beautiful colors. I don’t even mind that they’re more pastel than bright. Lastly, they’re budget-friendly.

Here’s a 10-pack, Color Kitchen Food Colors from Nature, that makes a good starter pack.

McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors

By far, these colors are the cheapest and the most widely available. The powdered colors come in a pack of three colors which you can mix for a variety of colors.

I bought this McCormick Nature’s Inspiration Food Colors pack when I made these unicorn sugar cookies. Just look how vivid the colors turned out!

 

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Cravable vegan recipes perfect for the holiday.

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Main Dishes

  1. Vegan Cabbage Rolls
    The Minimalist Vegan
  1. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
    This Healthy Kitchen
  1. Quick Kale Soup
    Veggie Desserts
  1. Vegan Corned Beef
    The Hidden Veggies
  1. Vegan Colcannon Soup
    V Nutrition

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Side Dishes

  1. Mashed Carrot & Parsnips
    Healthy Seasonal Recipes
  1. Irish Potato Farls (Irish Potato Bread)
    Unconventional Baker
  1. Colcannon Puffs
    Fatfree Vegan Kitchen
  1. Traditional Irish Soda Bread
    Strength & Sunshine

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Shamrock Shakes

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Main Dishes

A pot of stuffed cabbage leaves

1. Vegan Cabbage Rolls
The Minimalist Vegan

A serving of shepherd's pie

2. Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This Healthy Kitchen

A bowl of kale soup

3. Quick Kale Soup
Veggie Desserts

A plate of vegan corned beef

4. Vegan Corned Beef
The Hidden Veggies

A serving dish and single servings of vegan colcannon soup

5. Vegan Colcannon Soup
V Nutrition

Bowl of hearty vegan Irish stew

6. Vegan Irish Stew
Thyme & Love

Bowl of vegan corned jackfruit and cabbage
Two halves of reuben sandwich stacked on top of each other
A plate of corned seitan and cabbage

9. Corned Seitan and Cabbage
Robin Robertson

10. Shepherd’s Pie
Make it Dairy Free

Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Side Dishes

Cabbage salad in a bowl
A serving of Irish Colcannon

2. Traditional Irish Colcannon
Strength & Sunshine