Our 16 Favorite (Naturally) Green Dishes

We have one mission on St. Patrick’s Day: Avoid the kelly-green tongue. If you too have had it with shamrock-shaded cupcakes and vibrantly hued Harp, here are our 16 favorite, no-food-coloring-allowed green dishes.

Guacamole on St. Patrick’s Day? It beats green cream cheese.

Guacamole at Surfside.

Eve’s Temptation, an apple cocktail made with fresh Granny Smith apple juice, at Restaurant Eve.

Sunchoke soup with poached scallops at Inox.

Scottish Mule—a mix of cucumber, gin, lime, and ginger beer—at Bourbon Steak.

Dhaniawala korma—tandoori chicken with a sauce of cashews, mint, and cilantro—at Angeethi.

St. Pat, a stinging-nettle-wrapped cow’s-milk cheese, at Cowgirl Creamery.

Rick’s Picks Mean Beans—spicily pickled green beans—available at Whole Foods.

Bacony collards at Gillian Clark’s new General Store.

“Crazy” feta dip whipped with jalapeños at Cava.

Great Irish Pubs in Washington

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Classic fried green tomatoes topped with shrimp rémoulade at Acadiana.

Cool, creamy tomatillo soup at Breadline (in summer).

Lamb chops with chili-mint vinaigrette at the Source.

Skinny fries with wasabi mayo at Marvin.

Green-papaya salad with shrimp and pork at Four Sisters.

Zucchini-and-cheese fritters with caper-and-yogurt sauce at Zaytinya.

Pistachio macaroons at Praline.

What are your favorite green bites? 

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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.