Celebrating a party with green food adds color to the meal. Choosing potluck options requires planning, whether for Saint Patrick's Day or a Christmas dinner. Potluck dishes are typically served from a single communal dish and include casseroles and salads. This allows for several green food options to bring to your next festive potluck.
Make a tossed salad with leafy greens for a green first course. Opt for darker spinach leaves tossed with crumbled bacon and a bottled salad dressing served on the side. Dressing the salad before setting the dish out at the potluck will only make the greens wilt and become unappetizing. If you're strapped for time, use a bag of pre-washed, tossed salad from the produce section.
Green Pesto Pasta
Serve a vividly green main dish without dying the food. Spinach pasta has pureed spinach mixed into the dough to give it its distinctive color, and the green in pesto sauce comes from pureed basil leaves. Combine these two for a light Italian-inspired main dish for your potluck supper. Look at gourmet food stores or on the Internet for naturally green spinach fettuccine or spaghetti noodles. Cook the noodles and toss with a bottled green pesto sauce.
Key Lime Pie
For dessert, make a key lime pie to add a bright green, cooling accent to the potluck meal. Recipes abound for key lime pie. Some require the use of frozen whipped topping and lime gelatin to reduce the preparation time. Using lime gelatin will produce a pie as brightly colored as it is flavored. The tartness from the lime flavoring combined with the creaminess of the dairy in the pie produces a sophisticated sherbet-like flavor.
Foods for a potluck should also include green drinks. Rather than serving lemonade, substitute lime juice for the lemon in your favorite lemonade recipe to make green limeade. Another option is to serve lime punch by using scoops of lime sherbet in ginger ale instead of ice cubes. The sherbet turns the ginger ale foamy and green, making a bubbly punch that's perfect for a party.
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