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7 green foods to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Published March 17, 2014 10:36 am

St. Patrick's Day celebration • From dolmathes to macarons, it's easy eating green.
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On St. Patrick's Day, you could settle for wearing a green sweater or scarf. Or you could spice up the March 17 holiday by eating foods that come in this vegetal hue.

Lucky for you, some culinary leprechauns led us to this cache of seven distinctly different foods with Utah flavor.

Jolly Green Smoothie • This healthy drink of banana, green apple, kale, spinach and coconut water has become the best-selling smoothie at Pulp, a new Salt Lake City juice bar. "It's a good way for people to get their greens in a tasty, easy way," said owner Josh Marans.

Where to buy • Pulp Smoothie and Juice Bar, 51 S. Main (inside The Gym at City Creek); 801-656-2088; open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost • $6.50 for a 16-ounce glass.

Giddy Up Garlic Dills • The Yee-Haw Pickle company in Park City makes these pucker-up pickles with Utah-grown cucumbers and lots of fresh garlic — but no artificial colors or preservatives. Other dill flavors include Hot Damn Dills, with habanero and red Fresno peppers, and the plain No Frills Dills.

Where to buy • Harmons, Associated Food Stores, Whole Foods and Liberty Heights Fresh.

Cost • $6.99 for a 24-ounce jar.

Pistachio black cherry macarons • Colorful French macarons, in exotic flavors, are the signature offering at Fillings and Emulsions, a new Latin and eclectic bakery owned by Adalberto Diaz, the 2012 national Pastry Chef of the Year, and Christian Kubak, the former sous chef at The Radisson Hotel and now-closed Metropolitan.

Where to buy • Fillings and Emulsion, 25 Kensington Ave., Salt Lake City; 385-229-4228; open Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost • $1.95 each or $20 per dozen.

Dolmathes • For those who aren't lucky enough to have a Greek yiayia (grandma) who can make these bite-size appetizers, Greek Souvlaki's version is a worthy substitute. Lemony grape leaves are stuffed with a mixture of rice, ground beef and spices and served with a side of traditional tzatziki yogurt sauce for dipping.

Where to buy • Greek Souvlaki, five Utah locations including Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley, South Jordan and the Salt Lake City International Airport.

Cost • $2.99 for 4; $4.99 for 7

Matcha bundt cake • Matcha, a high-quality finely ground green tea powder, is what gives this mini cake a delightful green hue and unique flavor. Not too sweet, it pairs perfectly with a pot of warm tea.

Where to buy • Tea Grotto, 401 E. 900 South; 801-466-8255; open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Cost • $3

Pistachio gelato • Ground pistachios made into a paste — and shipped from Italy — give this creamy gelato its nutty taste and light green hue, said Elizabeth England, co-owner of Dolcetti Gelato with her husband, Mark. "It's just one of those flavors that people just love." Not into nuts? The gelato shop will also have a Bailey Irish Cream gelato in time for St. Patrick's Day.

Where to buy • Dolcetti Gelato, 900 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City; 801-485-3254; open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Cost • Available in three sizes for $3.50, $4.25 or $4.90

Original jalapeño preserves • Sweet yet spicy, there's no faster St. Patrick's Day appetizer than spreading cream cheese on a cracker and topping with a dollop of this jalapeño and green pepper jelly. It's just one of 15 condiments made by Pepperlane in Wanship.

Where to buy • Various markets and grocery stores, including Harmons. Available online at pepperlane.com.

Cost • $7.50 for an 11-ounce jar