Easter Side Dishes

We have the perfect accompaniments to round out your Easter meal.

Easter Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes Recipe

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Easter Side Dishes

Lunch, brunch, or an elegant dinner—no matter how you're serving your Easter meal, we have a side for you. Our picks will help usher in the warmth of spring, even if there is still snow on the ground.

Our first recipe is not only quick, but also versatile. Try one of our three variations on Asparagus with Balsamic Tomatoes to spice things up: raisin and pine nut, sesame-ginger glazed, or lemon-tarragon. If you're serving a large Easter dinner group, feel free to try all three.

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Easter Sides: Sautéed Carrots with Sage Recipes

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Sautéed Carrots with Sage

You can easily double, triple, or quadruple this small-yield recipe to feed more hungry Easter guests. A few simple ingredients turn carrots into a star side dish.

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Buttery Lemon Broccolini Recipes

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Buttery Lemon Broccolini

If you want to get a jump on this recipe, cook the Broccolini four minutes, plunge it into ice water, and refrigerate. Separately prepare the compound butter, and chill it. Then finish cooking the Broccolini in the skillet, and toss it with the butter just before serving.

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Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter Recipes

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Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter

Steaming vegetables helps to retain all of the healthful water-soluble vitamins, and these carrots are no exception. The addition of the garlic-ginger butter gives an exotic flair to an otherwise classic dish.

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Easter Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter Recipe

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Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter

One of the best (and simplest) sides in our magazine's history, this recipe was named Best Vegetable Side Dish in our 20th anniversary issue, making it a perfect choice for your Easter dinner. The browned butter with a splash of balsamic vinegar adds an elegance that belies the simplicity of this approach.

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Easter Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin Recipe

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Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin

This side is a sure hit, featuring the three ingredients almost everyone loves: cheese, bacon, and potatoes. Combining Parmesan and Asiago cheeses provides depth and creaminess, while the buttery Yukon Gold potato stands in for the additional fat and calories.

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Easter Corn and Parsnip Cakes Recipe

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Corn and Parsnip Cakes

Reminiscent of corn fritters, this skillet-cooked side dish features the additional sweetness of parsnips. A golden brown crust adds crunch and makes this side a crowd pleaser.

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Easter Green Bean Salad Amandine Recipe

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Green Bean Salad Amandine

The classic side dish gets a fresh makeover with the addition of a sherry-Dijon mustard vinaigrette. Haricots verts are the traditional bean, but regular green beans work just as well.

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Easter Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips Recipe

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Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips

Root vegetables lend their complementary, slightly sweet flavors to this hearty bowl. Stir in more water or broth if you prefer a thinner consistency.

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Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola, Pistachios, and Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette Recipes

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola, Pistachios, and Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

Red pepper jelly adds a snappy note to the vinaigrette that makes this simple salad memorable enough for an Easter dinner. You can prepare the vinaigrette earlier in the day and refrigerate; let it come to room temperature before tossing it with the spinach.

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Easter Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad Recipe

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Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad

With red beets and onions and green avocado slices and watercress, this is a festive salad to begin your Easter dinner with. This recipe serves 12, so it's great for large gatherings.

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Easter Zesty Three-Bean and Roasted Corn Salad Recipe

Zesty Three-Bean and Roasted Corn Salad

This southwestern-accented recipe combines canned beans with sweet corn and red bell peppers for a colorful Easter side dish.

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Easter Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce

Add watercress, basil, and mint to a yogurt base for a fragrant, fresh-tasting sauce you can make up to 2 days ahead. Serve this versatile dish alongside chicken, beef, or lamb. You can also use the sauce as a dip for vegetables.

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Easter Fresh Peas with Spicy Pepper Relish Recipe

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Fresh Peas with Spicy Pepper Relish

The lightly pickled relish will keep up to two days in the refrigerator, so feel free to prep prior to Easter day. Corn muffins with honey butter would make a great accompaniment.

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Easter Grilled Vegetable Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

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Grilled Vegetable Salad with Creamy Blue Cheese Dressing

If the weather is warm your Easter weekend, you won't want to miss out on this delicious, warm-weather side. This is a smart make-ahead dish because the vegetables can be grilled a few hours prior to assembling the salads. Just be sure to savor every bite—you will certainly be glad you did.

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Easter Spinach with Garlic Vinaigrette Recipe

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Spinach with Garlic Vinaigrette

Try one of our variations on this basic recipe. Mix with cooked farfalle pasta to make Spinach-Pasta Salad. Try increasing the garlic to three thinly sliced cloves, heat the vinaigrette over medium-high heat and sauté with onion and garlic for two minutes before tossing in fresh spinach to create Wilted Spinach. Another option, microwave 4 (6-ounce) Yukon gold potatoes for 13 minutes or until tender, prepare wilted spinach before dividing among potatoes. Then top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbled feta for Spinach Baked Potatoes.

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Easter Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad with Creme Fraiche Dressing Recipe

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Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad with Crème Fraîche Dressing

This salad tastes fresh, fresh, fresh, with a hint of tangy creaminess from the crème fraîche that also makes it feel indulgent.

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Easter Fresh English Pea Salad with Mint and Pecorino Recipe

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Fresh English Pea Salad with Mint and Pecorino

Healthy doses of bitter arugula, fresh mint, and salty pecorino keep these peas interesting. Fresh green peas have amazing flavor, but if you don't feel like shelling, or the Easter guests are already knocking, you can thaw out some frozen ones.

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Easter Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Melon and Prosciutto Salad with Parmigiano-Reggiano

Salty and unctuous, prosciutto is a classic match for fresh melon, and a topping of Parmigiano-Reggiano (the real stuff is worth it here) adds another layer of savory flavor. Make this salad the centerpiece of an easy antipasto Easter meal. Serve with a platter of olives, roasted peppers, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and, if you're feeling ambitious, add your favorite grilled or roasted veggies, too.

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Easter Carrot-Pineapple Slaw Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Carrot-Pineapple Slaw

The mayonnaise-laden (and usually store-bought) version of this slaw is a popular picnic food. Our healthier version uses a lemon-maple vinaigrette and adds juicy pineapple for extra interest to make this recipe fit for your Easter celebration.

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Easter Herbed Green and Wax Beans Recipe

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Herbed Green and Wax Beans

Adding a bundle of herbs (bouquet garni) to the steaming liquid imparts subtle flavor and aroma to the vegetables.

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Easter Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian Recipe

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Eggplant, Zucchini, and Tomato Tian

Fresh summer squash, eggplant, and tomatoes are the stars in this recipe.  A crunchy, salty, breadcrumb coating atop layers of eggplant, zucchini, and tomato give the fresh ingredients the ideal complement. An 11 x 7-inch glass or ceramic baking dish works well for this recipe, but if you have a 2-quart tian or gratin dish, all the better.

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Easter Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs Recipe

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Shrimp and Bacon Deviled Eggs

Shrimp and bacon elevate these deviled eggs from familiar to fantastic. Party Tip: These can be made up to a day ahead.

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Easter Lemon-Scented Broccoli Souffle Recipe

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Lemon-Scented Broccoli Soufflé

Serve this fluffy side as a perfect foil for your Easter dinner table. The soufflé will fall when it’s taken out of the oven, but its airy texture and fresh citrus aroma will remain long after it has been served.

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Easter Green Beans with Bacon Recipe

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Green Beans with Bacon

About 15 minutes is all it takes to put together this flavorful―and healthful―dish. It's got all the meaty flavor of bacon and tender crunch of fresh green beans with only 46 calories and 1.11 grams of fat per serving.

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