Our Favorite Easter Side Dishes
Make these light and fresh side dishes to round out your perfect Easter meal.
All it takes is a sharp vegetable peeler to transform a few favorite veggies into an inventive salad. To shave the asparagus into ribbons, place each spear flat on your work surface so you can pull the peeler evenly down its length.
Recipe: Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted Almonds
Warm, sherry-laced mushroom gravy gives this simple grits soufflé an extra layer of depth. Gruyère cheese melts perfectly into the hot grits and adds subtle nutty flavor.
Recipe: Cheese Grits Soufflé with Mushroom Gravy
Springtime is the right time for finding sweet baby beets and carrots in the market. Look for small, firm beets and slender carrots with their bright, feathery greens still attached--a sign of freshness.
Recipe: Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Onions
Give this Southern favorite fresh flavor by adding dill and shredded chicken. Stacked white cake stands decorated with colored paper napkins create a snappy yet casual centerpiece.
Our Test Kitchen Director's grandmother, Jackie Freeman, has been making this genius recipe for decades. It's the perfect marriage of potato salad with a bubbly, cheesy gratin.
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
The key to this crowd-pleasing salad is to toss the warm pasta with the dressing so the orzo soaks up flavor. Make it up to two days ahead, and serve any leftovers with ham.
Recipe: Spring Pea Orzo
You'd never know there's only a tablespoon of butter in this velvety, spiced puree. Make it up to three days ahead.
- Recipe: Carrot-Ginger Puree
No time to bake bread from scratch? Here's a recipe to jazz up store-bought canned dough. For the dried herbs, mix together your favorites to make 1 Tbsp.
Recipe: Easy Parmesan-Herb Rolls
For these scrumptious roasted carrots, you can used bagged baby carrots, but for a better taste, use young carrots with tops.
- Recipe: Roasted Carrots
Flat-leaf parsley, chives, and mint add a fresh, pretty finish to this tasty dish.
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Quiche
This recipe could not be any easier and is sure to delight your Easter guests. For an extra kick, sprinkle with bacon bits.
- Recipe: Home-Cooked Pole Beans
Even salads get dressed for Easter. Try this version with a Zesty Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing to start the meal.
Inspired by the classic potato-and-leek vichyssoise (vihsh-ee-SWAHZ), we added zucchini and gave this recipe our Southern twist with the addition of crisp, crumbled bacon.
- Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Soup
Full-bodied and richly flavored, this collards dish is inspired by flavors of New Orleans. A Béchamel sauce gives fresh collard greens a creamy consistency. It's a classic taste of the South.
- Recipe: Creamed Collards
Sweet, caramelized pearl onions make an elegant Easter side dish. This version is flavored with butter, white wine, and brown sugar and then baked for under an hour.
- Recipe: Baked Onions
They say that carrots are good for your eyes and whether that is true or not, these carrots are certainly good for your taste buds.
- Recipe: Apricot-Glazed Carrots
Macaroni and Cheese is a must-have at any traditional Southern family table. Try this 5-star version that has just 8 ingredients and is a snap to prepare.
- Recipe: Golden Macaroni and Cheese
These mini stuffed potatoes are perfect for an appetizer or to bring with you as an Easter potluck side. Choose potatoes that are more oval in shape to best resemble deviled eggs.
- Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
You'll adore this potato-and-green bean dish paired with a delicious Creamy Tarragon Dressing. Find fingerling potatoes at your local grocery store. Plan to make the dressing while the potatoes cook.
Jazz up your usual mashed potatoes with our cream cheese version for the perfect Easter side dish.
- Recipe: Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Lemon juice and fresh thyme provide a springlike flavor to roasted potatoes. To save the time of peeling little potatoes, cut larger peeled Yukons into chunks. Any leftover potatoes are great for a potato salad the next day.
This mouthwatering Easter side dish will satisfy lovers of crunchy pecans and cornflakes as well as marshmallows.
- Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
This creamy chicken salad pairs perfectly with the crunch of pecans, Granny Smith apples, red onions, and celery.
Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad
Serve this salad in small paper cups for easy cleanup so you can get back to hunting for those Easter eggs.
- Recipe: Roasted Vegetable Salad
Avocado Fruit Salad combines avocado, fruit, and mint for a fresh Easter salad. It pairs wonderfully with chicken salad, ham biscuits, and cheeses for your Easter brunch.
- Recipe: Avocado Fruit Salad
This congealed salad is a cool, delicious twist on a retro luncheon staple.
- Recipe: Cranberry-Strawberry Salad
Choose your favorite fillings, and prepare up to a day ahead for your Easter menu.
Plan on 1⁄4 cup filling for each whole sandwich. Freeze bread slices until firm. (This makes it easier to trim and cut the sandwiches.)
If you need a smaller amount for your Easter meal, you can easily cut the recipe in half.
These rolls start with frozen bread dough but taste as if they're made from scratch—perfect for no-fuss entertaining. You'll get a spectacular look and big flavor while saving time.
- Recipe: Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
Tender, delectable Honey Yeast Rolls are a must-serve and best warm from the oven and slathered with sweet honey butter.
- Recipe: Honey Yeast Rolls
Cheddar cheese biscuits are the perfect addition to an Easter menu.
Pickled beets give Chinese tea eggs a colorful flavor makeover.
- Recipe: Marbled Eggs