Easter Side Dishes
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.
Sautéed Carrots with Sage
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.
Steamed Carrots with Garlic-Ginger Butter
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter
Asiago, Potato, and Bacon Gratin
Corn and Parsnip Cakes
Green Bean Salad Amandine
Carrot-Parsnip Soup with Parsnip Chips
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.
Roasted Beet, Avocado, and Watercress Salad
Zesty Three-Bean and Roasted Corn Salad
Roasted Potatoes with Tangy Watercress Sauce
Fresh Peas with Spicy Pepper Relish
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.
Spinach with Garlic Vinaigrette
Haricots Verts and Grape Tomato Salad with Crème Fraîche Dressing
Fresh English Pea Salad with Mint and Pecorino
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.
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 celebration.