When it comes to Easter side dishes, nobody wants the same old thing. Whether you’re creating awesome Easter recipes for a feast or joining a celebration, the side dishes help make the meal. So, I’ve put together this list of the most exceptional and festive side dishes for that special Easter gathering.
Keep it simple or jazz things up. There’s a flavor here for everyone.
You’re gonna’ love these!
Here are the 20 Easter Side Dishes:
1. Strawberry Spinach Salad
Beautiful nutrition never tasted so good! This Strawberry Spinach Salad is a polished version of the ordinary green salad. Sweet candied pecans and tangy poppyseed vinaigrette offer the perfect balance and contrast to the creamy avocado and ripe red strawberries.
It’s a bright and colorful party in your mouth that makes a gorgeous addition to the Easter table.
2. Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Recreating a famous rendition of this sweet Strawberry Pretzel Salad is both fun and delicious! This is no ordinary salad – this is dessert! What was once referred to as a set salad is now called ‘mm, mmm good…can I have some more?’ This versatile salad can host almost any fruit in addition to strawberries and it’s suitable for any Easter table.
3. 7 Layer Salad
Making a 7 Layer Salad is an easy way to put a little sunshine on the table. Plenty of fresh summer veggies and crisp spring lettuce are smuggled onto plates under a tasty homemade dressing, sharp cheddar cheese, and savory bacon. Need I say more? It’s always one of those welcome Easter side dish that dresses up the table and its ready in 15 minutes flat.
4. Classic Macaroni Salad
Whipping up a batch of Classic Macaroni Salad only takes about 30 minutes and its ready in 3 simple steps. This is one of those timeless Easter side dishes that combine simple wholesome ingredients to create a symphony of wonderful flavors.
This slightly sweet and well-seasoned macaroni salad also has a secret ingredient that takes it to the next level.
5. Carrot Salad
Make grandma proud with this sweet and creamy rendition of her classic Carrot Salad. Chopped pecans and crushed pineapple send this picnic-ready salad into overdrive. This colorful beauty is full of nutritional value and has an addictingly delicious flavor profile that far surpasses your run of the mill carrot salad.
It’s one of the most traditional Easter side dishes ever!
6. Southern Style Green Beans
Serving up Southern Style Green Beans is an easy way to feed generational palates. This is one of those side dishes that almost everyone loves. Fresh green beans and bacon are slowly simmered in chicken broth until they melt in your mouth tender and let me tell you these little gems are muy delicioso!
7. Scalloped Potatoes
Putting a starch on the Easter table is as easy as making Scalloped Potatoes. Oh yeah! These little babies have a velvety texture and a rich delicious flavor that’s simply irresistible. I mean, who doesn’t love those lovely little potatoes? Once you have these, you’ll never eat the boxed variety again!
8. Broccoli Salad
Rock their Easter supper with this amazing Broccoli Salad that’s chalked full of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s only got a 20-minute prep time and a flavor that’s out of this world! Bacon, cheese, and pecans – Oh my! A sweet orange dressing and red seedless grapes tie it all blissfully together. When you need one of those nutritious side dishes with a slightly sweet disposition, this is your go-to.
9. Strawberry Cheesecake Salad
Strawberry Cheesecake Salad is one of my favorite side dishes! This gorgeous concoction tastes more like a dessert than anything and its sure to win the hearts of all who sample it. Truckloads of strawberries and their banana sidekicks just get together and have a party in the scrumptious cheesecake filling.
Served with a dash of graham cracker crumble, this one is a hit every time!
10. Watergate Salad
Serving up a nostalgic Watergate Salad may spark conversations drumming up childhood memories of food and fellowship but isn’t that kind of the point? This beautiful dessert salad is one of those simple Easter dishes that come together quickly and dress up the dessert table. But those reminiscent conversations will have to wait until after everyone gobbles down their salad.
11. Cucumber Tomato Salad
Adding a vibrant Cucumber Tomato Salad to the Easter feast is always a good idea and it doesn’t take a ton of effort. This beautifully bright salad is sprinkled with creamy little bits of mozzarella for a welcome contrast to the crisp summer veggies.
Throw it together when you need it or make it a day ahead, so all the flavors have time to mingle in the tangy vinaigrette dressing. This little showstopper doesn’t disappoint.
12. Pea Salad
Getting everyone to eat their greens this Easter is easy with my delicious Pea Salad. It’s cold, creamy and full of texture that goes down easy. These little babies are bathing in a healthy dose of Ranch dressing for a fantastic flavor that’s oh so good! Hard-boiled eggs and cheddar cheese up the nutrition ante and the savory flavor of bacon gives it that extra something special.
13. Grape Salad
Grape Salad is a super simple side dish that just works. Different varieties of these sweet little gems are gently coated in a tangy cream base with a luscious flavor profile and vanilla undertones. This refreshing blend is finished with a sweet and crunchy topping that takes it from delicious to truly enchanting.
14. Mediterranean Salad
Loving Mediterranean Salad is easy but taking home leftovers isn’t. This classic dish has a modern twist with a refreshing pop of elegance that makes it the perfect Easter side dish. Its simple, versatile and just plain fabulous. This polished salad is dressed in a homemade balsamic vinaigrette that’ll virtually ensure an empty bowl at the end of the meal.
15. Frog Eye Salad
Serving up Frog Eye Salad doesn’t mean you’re stalking croakers in the wee hours of the morning – but it does mean you’ll be adding a kid-approved favorite to the Easter table!
Lots of fruit and miniature marshmallows are combined in a light and fluffy custard with lots of other goodies. Watch their eyes light up as they clean their plates and ask for seconds.
16. Classic Deviled Eggs
Adding Classic Deviled Eggs to your menu is an easy way to capture the hearts and appetites of all in attendance. The velvety creamy yolk has slightly sweet nuances that’s just addictingly delicious. It’s perched atop a delicate pillowy hollow like a delicious trophy on display. This 5-star recipe is a stand-alone favorite, but Easter wouldn’t be the same without them.
17. Deviled Eggs With Capers
Making deviled eggs with capers is an easy way to fancy up your Easter supper. These sweet and tangy beauties have a flavor depth that’s simply unparalleled in the deviled egg world. They’re rich, gorgeous and full of texture. A dollop of sunshine and a dash of deliciousness make these West coast style deviled eggs just a little bit fancy and a whole lotta yummy!
18. Roasted Green Beans
Roasted Green Beans add an air of eloquence to the Easter holiday. This simple side dish has a refreshing pop of flavor and truckloads of vitamins that can’t be denied. They complement any meal but they’re often the star of the show. This dish comes together quickly and offers a decadent balance to the rich Easter flavors that decorate the holiday table.
19. Ina Garten Potato Salad
Making Ina Garten potato salad is a labor of love with quick 30-minute prep time. This divinely inspired side dish is a longstanding favorite based in a creamy dreamy dressing full of surprises. A generous helping of dill adds a depth of flavor to this jazzed up potato salad full of tender red potatoes and crisp summer veggies.
20. Au Gratin Potatoes
Serve up the ultimate Easter comfort food with tender, rich and cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes. This ooey, gooey delicious dish is made with cream instead of milk for an uber decadent finish that commands attention. Pleasing generational palates is easy with this divinely inspired bit of love that practically dances down to hungry tummies. This one’s a reader favorite!
21. Macaroni Salad with Egg
There is nothing more satisfying on a hot day than getting a plate piled high with seared meat and smooth macaroni salad! Part of what makes macaroni salad with egg such a satisfying side dish is how chef-friendly this recipe is.
22. Creamy Cucumber Salad
The fresh dill-infused flavor of a cool creamy cucumber salad is the best way to dress up any meal on a warm summer day. It’s super easy to make!
23. Cheesy Roasted Brussels Sprouts
These cheesy roasted brussels sprouts are roasted so their natural sugars are caramelized and their flavor is mildly sweet and nutty. They’re tender with crispy edges and then they’re covered with 2 types of melted cheese. What’s not to love, right?!!
24. Green Bean Casserole
I think every family has their own green bean casserole recipe. Well, this is mine. My family has been making this for 5 decades. Passed down from one generation to the next. Ours is made with french cut green beans that are smothered in a rich, easy homemade creamy sauce with just the right onion and spice mixture.
This is a required side dish at every Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas meal.
25. Melting Potatoes
These melting potatoes are so delicious and popular with the fam. You’ll want to serve them on every holiday, every Sunday supper with the whole extended fam, and any time you want a little bit of comforting, amazingly delish carbs with dinner!!
26. Twice Baked Potatoes
These classic twice baked potatoes are the perfect side for just about any meal. An oven-baked potato shell is stuffed with mashed potatoes that are loaded with cheese, sour cream, chives, and bacon.
27. Loaded Crispy Smashed Potatoes
These loaded crispy smashed potatoes are going to rock your taste buds! I’m all about potatoes, especially crispy potatoes. These have quickly become my absolute favorites.
28. Ranch Potatoes
My ranch potatoes recipe is the king of comfort food, ruler of side dishes, mighty overlord of potato side dishes– you get the picture; it’s good eating.
With just one hour, one baking pan, and a few ingredients, you can make this winner of a side dish that is perfect for parties or family dinner.
These side dishes are versatile, polished and ultra-delicious. The best part is that it’s easy to make them your own and many of them are make-ahead favorites. Treat the ones you love and dress up your Easter table at the same time!
One simple tip to ensure the most delicious flavor is to taste your dish and adjust the seasonings before serving. Salt is a universal flavor enhancer and it does different things at higher and lower concentrations. Just a little bit of salt enhances the sweetness and suppresses bitterness while a little bit more enhances umami for savory dishes.
Every Easter meal will be different but special, nonetheless. Those dishes that were made ahead will need to be garnished or finished off to be ready for presentation. As you pull out all those dishes you worked so hard on for your Easter meal, remember to reserve the FDA recommended 2-hour serving rule. Safety first.
Easter is one of those special holidays where we like to pull out all the stops. Whether you’re attending a celebration or hosting the meal, these Easter side dishes can take things to the next level. Sweet or savory, salad or dessert, there’s something here for everyone and you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen.