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55 Easter Side Dishes to Go with Ham, Lamb and Everything in Between

It’s Easter Sunday, which means two things: You made it through winter (huzzah!) and you’re about to whip up a gorgeous spring spread to celebrate the holiday. No meal would be complete with a few tasty side dishes to complement the mains. (And no, we don’t mean dessert.) Whether you’re going the classic route and serving a glazed ham, getting fancy with lamb chops or breaking tradition and putting a whole fish on the table, there’s a side for that. (We’d recommend smashed potatoes, Brussels sprouts slaw and citrus salad, respectively.) Here, 55 Easter side dishes that are so tasty, they just might steal the show.

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1. Cacio E Pepe Brussels Sprouts

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, low carb, gluten free

Put Parmesan cheese and black pepper together and they’ll work magic on pretty much any ingredient, Brussels sprouts included.

2. Whole Roasted Carrots

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, one pan

Would the Easter Bunny protest if you borrowed his favorite snack for your brunch? We don’t think so.

3. Swiss Chard Au Gratin

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser

Everything is better when you top it with buttery breadcrumbs. It’s just a fact.

4. Oven-roasted Beets And Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: one pan, crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories

Root vegetables never looked (or tasted) this good. Bonus, there’s only one dish to clean, which means more time to enjoy that Easter basket.

5. Goat Cheese, Apple And Honey Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories

Well, aren’t you fancy? (The crust is store-bought puff pastry, but shh.)

6. Spring Panzanella Salad

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, vegetarian, low sugar

This salad is packed with peas, asparagus and wild mushrooms to showcase the best produce of the Easter season.

7. Spicy Broccoli Sauté

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

Crushed red pepper flakes and garlic give this simple, crowd-pleasing side dish its signature kick.

8. Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, beginner-friendly, low carb

We love the combination of juicy cherry tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini, but feel free to switch it up based on your own Easter menu.

9. Baby Vegetables With Orange And Thyme

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, vegan, gluten free, sheet pan recipe

Flavorful? Check. Minimal cleanup? Check. Cute as can be? You know the answer.

10. Ina Garten’s Roasted Broccolini & Cheddar

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, ready in <30 minutes, kid-friendly

While we wish Ina Garten (and Jeffrey) could grace our Easter table, we’ll settle for one of the Barefoot Contessa’s recipes instead.

11. Shaved Spring Vegetable And Apple Salad With Ginger-dijon Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, no cook, under 500 calories

The tangy-sweet-spicy dressing is pretty much impossible to mess up—just blitz all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.

12. Sweet Potato, Bacon And Broccoli Egg Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, low carb, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

Easter brunch wouldn’t be complete without at least on eggy dish on the menu.

13. Easy Dinner Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Ditto for rolls. These ones are 1,000 times softer and more buttery than the kind from a tube.

14. The Best Potatoes Au Gratin Ever

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion–worthy

Why are these potatoes the best? Well, they’re smothered in cheese and cream and they can be made ahead. Any other questions?

15. Roasted Beet And Citrus Salad

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, low sugar, vegan, <10 ingredients

The natural sweetness of the beets and citrus complement the peppery arugula to a T.

16. Crispy Smashed Potatoes With Horseradish And Sea Salt

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, low sugar, special occasion–worthy

Save the mashed potatoes for another holiday. These crispy bites are festive and fresh.

17. Scallion And Chive Flatbread

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: Crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, vegetarian

The flatbread itself is simple to prepare, which leaves you with ample time to create an Easter masterpiece with the decorative garnishes.

18. Domino Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, special occasion–worthy, vegetarian

A potato side dish is always a beautiful thing, but this one is especially so. If you have a mandoline, use it to make the slices super thin.

19. Radicchio, Lentil And Apple Salad With Vegan Cashew Dressing

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes (+ soaking time)
  • Why We Love It: vegan, gluten free, crowd-pleaser

Even if you’re not vegan, you’ll be blown away by this creamy dressing, which is made without any dairy at all.

20. Kale And Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, no cook, vegan

This refreshing side dish is a combination of a few of our favorite things: kale, Brussels, slaw and Caesar salad.

21. Zesty Chargrilled Broccolini

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, <10 ingredients, vegan

Why not start grilling season at Easter? It’s never too early, if you ask us.

22. Spring Crudités With Romesco Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, vegan

Make an extra batch of the sauce and keep the leftovers in the fridge for up to five days to spread on sandwiches, serve with seafood and use as a dip for any veggie you love.

23. Broccoli Rabe With Burrata And Lemon

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <15 minutes, <10 ingredients

If we’re being honest, we were sold at the first mention of burrata.

24. Harissa And Honey Roasted-carrots

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

For an elegant twist on the usual glazed carrots, try harissa and honey. It’s sticky, spicy and goes great with yogurt sauce.

25. Blistered Green Beans With Tomatoes, Pounded Walnuts And Raw Summer Squash

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegan, under 500 calories

Boiled green beans? Yawn. These babies are lightly blistered in a hot skillet for a major texture and flavor upgrade.

26. Sugar Snap Pea Salad With Chèvre Ranch

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, low carb, under 500 calories

Yes, you can serve ranch at the Easter feast—it’s made with goat cheese, so it’s classy.

27. Kale Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

This salad is simple on paper, but the contrasting textures make every bite more exciting than the last.

28. Asparagus Caesar Salad

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, under 500 calories, low carb

Go ahead, skip the lettuce in favor of a seasonal vegetable. Just don’t skimp on the Parmesan.

29. Creamed Brussels Sprouts With Caramelized Onions

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, one pan, beginner-friendly

While we love crispy Brussel sprouts, this creamy casserole is just the right amount of indulgent for a holiday.

30. Brussels Sprouts Skillet With Crispy Pancetta-garlic Breadcrumbs

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: one pan, <10 ingredients, crowd-pleaser

But if you’re not into creamy vegetable dishes, you should try pancetta-garlic breadcrumbs to jazz things up.

31. Asparagus, Pea And Ricotta Tarts

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories

They look like you spent all morning in the kitchen, but they start with store-bought dough. No one will even realize.

32. Charred Sweet Potatoes With Pistachio-chili Pesto

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, under 500 calories

We know sweet potatoes are more of a winter thing, but we love this spicy side so much that we’re serving it at our own Easter dinner.

33. Zucchini Ricotta Galette

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, vegetarian

We have a soft spot for savory pies, and this one is particularly delicious thanks to a layer of creamy cheese.

34. Minty-fresh Zucchini Salad With Marinated Feta

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes (+ marinating time)
  • Why We Love It: no cook, make ahead, vegetarian

The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes. (We love to hear those words.)

35. Whole Roasted Radishes

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low carb, low sugar, <10 ingredients, vegan

Raw radishes are peppery and a little harsh, but pop them in the oven for 30 minutes and they become sweet, tender and Easter-ready.

36. Melted Onions

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

We bet you’ve never served onions as a side dish before. You should.

37. Cacio E Pepe Cauliflower

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients

Remember what we said about Parm and pepper? Yep, it works for cauliflower too.

38. Shaved Moroccan Carrot Toast

  • Time Commitment: 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, beginner-friendly, special occasion–worthy

Here’s proof that toast isn’t just for breakfast. Pair it with your farmers market haul and it becomes an Easter-ready side.

39. Baked Feta With Dill, Caper Berries And Citrus

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, one pan, low carb, beginner-friendly

We’ll never say no to feta—marinated and baked until melty just happens to be one of our favorite ways to prepare it.

40. Prosciutto And Fig Salad Board

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, special occasion–worthy, <10 ingredients

Salads are a necessary part of the spread, but they’re not always impressive. This one is built on a cutting board so you can see all the pretty toppings.

41. Easy Pretzel Buns

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Easter is a celebration, and we like to celebrate with bread. Make these buns on the smaller side (so you can eat more than one).

42. Greens Mac And Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, vegetarian, high protein

It’s a veggie and a carb all in one bubbly, cheesy dish. What more could you want?

43. Sprightly Biscuits

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

These biscuits have a secret: They’re made from boxed mix and lemon-lime soda (and they’re impossibly fluffy).

44. Charred Cauliflower With Crunchy Garlic Chile Oil

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, low carb, special occasion–worthy

Make extra chile oil—it’s that good.

45. Cauliflower With Roasted Tomatoes, Parsley And Breadcrumbs

  • Time Commitment: 55 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, beginner-friendly, sheet pan recipe

Everything roasts on a single sheet pan so you can relax after the big meal instead of worrying about the dishes.

46. Pull-apart Bread With Caramelized Onions And Goat Cheese

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion–worthy, crowd-pleaser, vegetarian

Easter seems like as good a reason as any to whip up this savory monkey bread.

47. Spinach Artichoke Squares

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy, under 500 calories

It’s like our favorite dip, in pielet form.

48. French Onion Cups

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, vegetarian, low carb, under 500 calories

For the record, we would devour these as an appetizer or a snack too.

49. Greek Wedge Salad

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: no cook, vegetarian, beginner-friendly

Swap the usual blue cheese dressing for vinaigrette and suddenly a wedge salad sounds modern.

50. Make-ahead Farro And Brussels Sprout Salad

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: under 500 calories, make ahead, beginner-friendly

A filling side that you can make four days in advance? Happy Easter to us.

51. Smashed Brussels Sprouts

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, low carb, beginner-friendly

Have you heard? Brussels sprouts are the new potatoes.

52. Balsamic-thyme Roasted Mushrooms

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegetarian, beginner-friendly, under 500 calories

They’re meatless, flavorful and ready in 30 minutes—the ideal accompaniment to any entrée.

53. Bacon, Apple And Cheddar Waffles

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser, low sugar

Choosing between sweet and savory on Easter brunch? We couldn’t possible have that.

54. Dorie Greenspan’s Potato-Parm Tart

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour, 20 minutes (+ chilling time)
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, crowd-pleaser, special occasion–worthy

You’ll look like a professional pastry chef, and your guests will get to nosh on a rich, cheesy potato pie. Win-win.

55. Balsamic-brown Sugar Carrots

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: ready in <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

These are not your typical, mushy glazed carrots. Instead, they’re crisp-tender, just sweet enough and brightened up with a touch of vinegar. The Easter Bunny would approve.