Our Favorite Easter Side Dishes
Make these light and fresh side dishes to round out your perfect Easter meal.
No Easter Sunday celebration is complete without an array of delicious spring side dishes. Whether you’re serving ham or lamb (or something else entirely!), round out your menu with our easy yet elegant Easter side dishes. A Southern-style Easter feast calls for bright and fresh ingredients inspired by the season, so we gathered our best sides for the occasion. Take your pick from dozens of Easter sides including creamy baked pasta with peas, green bean potato salad, asparagus quiche, cheese grits soufflé, spinach and romaine salad with cucumbers, radishes and creamy mint dressing and of course, plenty of deviled egg recipes.
Recipe: Potato Hash
"The potato hash reminds me of the classic hash browns Mom used to make for breakfast." - Chef John Hall
Potatoes, onions, and bell pepper make one delicious hash. The potatoes will start in the oven and finish cooking in a pan along with the other veggies. Don't skimp when it comes to mixing up our crème fraîche sauce—drizzle on top and serve on the side for one satisfying finish. Pair potato hash with our Braised Lamb shank.
Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Recipe: Creamy Spring Pasta Bake
Baked pasta gets a spring spin with baby sweet peas and ham. We love the crunchy, savory topping made with croutons and Parmesan cheese.
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Whether you make these as individuals or in a big casserole dish, everyone will be asking for more.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad
This is a beautiful recipe for the fresh rhubarb you find at the farmers' market.
Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
Cheddar cheese biscuits are the perfect addition to an Easter menu.
Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Recipe: Lemony Green Bean Pasta Salad
Lemon and shallots marry for a bright taste that's ideal for a ladies' lunch or light supper. If you can't find haricots verts, use regular green beans instead. Opt for penne pasta, instead of casarecce, if you already have it on hand. We love how quickly this recipe comes together—just 30 minutes! You'll love the bright citrusy flavor paired with the perfect amount of crunch from the green beans.
New South Jalapeño Pimiento Cheese
If you need a smaller amount for your Easter meal, you can easily cut the recipe in half.
Recipe: Marbled Eggs
Pickled beets give Chinese tea eggs a colorful flavor makeover.
Recipe: Apricot-Glazed Carrots
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.
Avocado Fruit Salad
Recipe: Avocado Fruit 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.
Green Bean Potato Salad with Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette
Potato salad gets a fresh and crunchy twist with bright flavors and lots of yummy texture. Make the Lemon-Soy Vinaigrette ahead of time for an easier assembly.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
This tangy herb dressing can be made up to a week in advance for easy, day-of prep.
Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
Recipe: Easy Three-Seed Pan Rolls
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.
Asparagus, Spring Onion, and Feta Quiche
This elegant breakfast classic is full of fresh spring ingredients. Garnish with flat leaf parsley for a winning presentation.
Strawberry Salad with Warm Goat Cheese Croutons
To prepare the goat cheese croutons, cut a goat cheese log into rounds. Press each round to 1/2-inch thickness on a baking sheet and freeze for 20 minutes. this process will help the rounds keep their shape and not ooze out of their breading while frying. Serve the salad with Strawberry-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette.
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Recipe: Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Jazz up your usual mashed potatoes with our cream cheese version for the perfect Easter side dish.
Avocado Soup With Marinated Shrimp
Smooth and creamy Avocado Soup With Marinated Shrimp is a cinch to prepare because it requires no cooking. Instead of bowls, consider using flutes or other fun glassware to serve this soup.
Shaved Vegetable Salad with Toasted Almonds
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.
Spinach-and-Romaine Salad with Cucumbers, Radishes, and Creamy Mint Dressing
This cool and creamy salad is the perfect side for any spring or summer meal. Dress it up for Easter brunch, but keep the recipe on file for a quick summertime side to bring to a last-minute cookout.
Home-Cooked Pole Beans
Recipe: Home-Cooked Pole Beans
This recipe could not be any easier and is sure to delight your Easter guests. For an extra kick, sprinkle with bacon bits.
Spring Pea Pasta with Ricotta and Herbs
Our one-pot primavera brings together seasonal favorites: fresh herbs, crunchy sugar snap peas, and sweet peas. Combining ricotta cheese with the salty water left over from boiling the pasta makes a super-easy, creamy sauce.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Classic Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs never go out of style, and this recipe for Classic Deviled Eggs is one that every Southern cook should master.
Easy Parmesan-Herb Rolls
Recipe: Easy Parmesan-Herb Rolls
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.
Golden Potato-and-Smoked Sausage Hash
Recipe: Golden Potato-and-Smoked Sausage Hash
Make this hash even heartier by adding a fried egg on top. Speed up cooking time by using parboiled potatoes from your grocer's freezer section. Add them in at Step 3.
Asparagus with Red Pepper Chowchow
Spring Pea Orzo
Recipe: Spring Pea Orzo
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.
Garden Potato Salad
Recipe: Garden Potato Salad
New potatoes are baby spring potatoes with beautifully thin skins. We love how red-skinned potatoes contrast with vibrant green peas and herbs, but you can use any kind of potato you like.
Cheese Grits Soufflé with Mushroom Gravy
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.
Roasted Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Onions
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.
Lemon-Dill Chicken Salad-Stuffed Eggs
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.
Hot Potato Salad
Recipe: Hot Potato Salad
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: Carrot-Ginger Puree
You'd never know there's only a tablespoon of butter in this velvety, spiced puree. Make it up to three days ahead.
Recipe: Roasted Carrots
For these scrumptious roasted carrots, you can used bagged baby carrots, but for a better taste, use young carrots with tops.
Caramelized Onion Quiche
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Quiche
Flat-leaf parsley, chives, and mint add a fresh, pretty finish to this tasty dish.
Recipe: Deviled Potatoes
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.
Pillowy Dinner Rolls
For Pillowy Dinner Rolls, start with the recipe for Our Favorite Buttermilk Biscuit then, cut in 1/2 cup cold shortening instead of cold butter. You'll get a soft biscuit that stays tender, even when cool. Plus, shortening has a neutral flavor that will complement anything on your dinner plate.
Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
Recipe: Classic Sweet Potato Casserole
This mouthwatering Easter side dish will satisfy lovers of crunchy pecans and cornflakes as well as marshmallows.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Honey Yeast Rolls
Recipe: Honey Yeast Rolls
Tender, delectable Honey Yeast Rolls are a must-serve and best warm from the oven and slathered with sweet honey butter.
Roasted Fingerlings and Green Beans With Creamy Tarragon Dressing
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.
Apple-Pear Salad With Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing
Even salads get dressed for Easter. Try this version with a Zesty Lemon-Poppy Seed Dressing to start the meal.
Recipe: Cranberry-Strawberry Salad
This congealed salad is a cool, delicious twist on a retro luncheon staple.
Church-Style Lemon-Roasted Potatoes
Recipe: Church-Style Lemon-Roasted 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.
Recipe: Zucchini-Potato Soup
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: Creamed Collards
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.
Crowd-Pleasing Easter Tea Sandwiches
Recipe: Ham Salad
Recipe: Curried Shrimp
Recipe: Cucumber and Strawberry
Recipe: Goat Cheese and Pecan
Recipe: Orange and Cranberry
Recipe: Egg 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.)
Recipe: Baked Onions
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.