St Patrick's Day Food is so fun and festive! I love all the green and rainbow foods you can make. But I think the EASIEST one just might be this Irish Flag Veggie Tray. It's simple, festive, AND HEALTHY! You can't go wrong with that.
What Does the Irish Flag Look Like?
The flag of Ireland is simple with its green, white, and orange stripes. Because of these the Irish flag name is sometimes referred to as The Irish Tricolour. You may also see an Irish flag with shamrock in the center but that's not the official flag, though the shamrock is a national symbol of Ireland.
What Does the Irish Flag Represent?
The history of the Ireland flag however is not so simple with many different flags in its past. The tricolour was officially confirmed as the National flag in 1937 and is less than 100 years old.
The green represents republicanism, a throwback to the earlier green flag with the harp, but most commonly it's considered to a symbol of the country's Catholic population.
The white represents the hope of unity and peace between the divided halves of the nation.
The orange represents the Protestant population who supported William the Orange.
St Patrick's Day Food Idea
Now that we've got our veggie tray design, select your serving dish. Rectangle casserole dishes make excellent flag serving trays!
Next take a look in the produce aisle for your favorite green, white, and orange veggies.
- Snap peas
- Green peppers
- Artichoke hearts
- Orange tomatoes
- Orange peppers
- Sweet potato
Slice Vegetables for Irish Flag
After you select your favorite veggies from the color lists above you'll want to cut up the vegetables into bite sized pieces. The jicama and orange peppers are more easily displayed in sticks or strips and create a much nicer line of color. Cut broccoli into bite sized pieces that are easily arranged.
When laying your veggies out start with the linear ones to create those straight lines and fill in the gaps with round or small pieces like the broccoli and tomatoes.
St Patrick's Day Veggie Tray
Once your three stripes are all filled in you can add the optional cucumber shamrock to the center just for fun! Use the skin of the cucumber to create a green frame around the shamrock to help it show up against the white jicama.
I LOVE using mini cookie cutters on my fruits and veggies to make our healthy trays more fun. You can get this shamrock cookie cutter set here.
Luck of the Irish
Now that you've got your veggies taken care of, what else are we going to eat? These baked cheese rounds look just like gold coins nestled into a pewter pot. I picked mine up at Trader Joes.
St Patrick's Day Food
I think we are ready to start dipping our veggies and cheese coins into some delicious avocado hummus! Garnish everything with cucumber shamrocks, some chocolate gold coins, and your St Patrick's Day Food table is ready to go with snacks to keep everyone happy.
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