Saint Patrick’s Day Snack Board

Ms. Wood, that was the name of my boys’ first-grade teacher. Ms. Wood was the quintessential elementary school teacher; kind, patient, and incredibly warm. Ms. Wood was also fun. Looking back, I can tell you my first-grade teacher was not nearly as wonderful as Ms. Wood, I think my boys truly lucked out.

Ms. Wood loved celebrating the holidays, all of them, not just the big ones. Saint Patrick’s Day was a favorite. I don’t recall my teachers in grade school even acknowledging Saint Patrick’s Day growing up. But in Ms. Wood’s class, it was an important one.

Leprechaun Traps

Ms. Wood was a big fan of Leprechaun traps. For those unfamiliar, that translates to an old shoebox, often covered in green and gold colors felt or construction paper, which features the stereotypical Leprechaun items: gold coins, rainbows, top hats, and four-leaf clovers. Hot glue, tape, and staples held the trap together while keeping alive the hope of catching a Leprechaun (on the eve of Saint Patrick’s Day) that may run loose in the classroom at night in search of gold.

Saint Patrick's Day snack board

According to tradition, one has to believe Leprechauns are real for any such trap to work. My boys were big believers. Folklore has it that Leprechauns love gold and trickery and may steal or hide items unless captured, pleased, or scared away. But once trapped, Leprechauns can grant their captor three wishes. Since Leprechauns are merely myths, children return to their traps with only “signs” (such as chocolate coins) of Leprechaun activity rather than a Leprechaun itself.

Building Leprechaun traps with my boys is something I will never forget. They both spent hours meticulously assembling their traps, conveyed their trap would prove successful in its task and they would be granted three wishes. No one in Ms. Wood’s class ever caught a Leprechaun, but to the kids, it was always a near miss, as the following day the kids were greeted with a disheveled classroom, tipped-over traps, chairs, gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins, and small shreds of green clothing to signify how close the kids were in their trapping attempts.

Saint Patrick's Day snack board

Ms. Wood, and her Leprechaun traps, were my inspiration behind my Saint Patrick’s Day snack board. A whimsical fruit and vegetable assortment honoring the little magical folklore Leprechauns my boys so eagerly tried to capture all those many years ago. I paired my Saint Patrick’s Day snack board with my favorite Japanese salad dressing which symbolically represents a pot of gold at the end of an edible rainbow.

Saint Patrick's Day snack board

How To Build A Saint Patrick’s Day Snack Board

The real trick in building a board like this is to not overthink it and think healthy. Begin by gathering your favorite green fruits and vegetables, and go from there. Be playful, and try to include a Leprechaun hat, shamrocks, and a rainbow with a “pot of gold“.

  • Think Green: Cucumbers, sugar snap peas, green apples, green bell peppers, and green kiwis were my go-to ingredients as these are fruits and vegetables my family loves. Avocados, green grapes, snow peas, and honeydew also make great additions. (In my board I used a bell pepper a shamrock, and cucumbers for my leprechaun hat).
  • The rainbow can be made from almost any fruit or vegetable you desire. Like making a fruit, vegetable, or charcuterie board, use whatever you have on hand.
    • Red: Strawberries, raspberries, cherries, red apple, cherry tomatoes and radishes
    • Orange: Carrots, orange bell peppers, clementines/oranges, apricots and cantaloupe
    • Yellow: Mango, pineapple, banana, golden kiwi, and yellow bell peppers
    • Purple: Red grapes, blueberries, plums, and blackberries

The best part about making a Saint Patrick’s Day snack board is it healthy AND it works for everyone. This snack board is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free–what’s not to love?

About the Author

Andrea Potischman

I am a professionally trained NYC chef turned CA mom and food blogger. I post about real food, with doable ingredient lists that are family friendly.

2 thoughts on "Saint Patrick’s Day Snack Board"

  1. Avatar photo Renee Despins says:

    This is a wonderful site to get great recipes…and interesting and enlightening and often historic background information on tasty, tantalizing dishes and who created them.

    Thank you Chef/Mom/Blogger for your delicious and creative presentations.

    1. Well, that is that is one of the nicest comments ever received, thanks mom!

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