40 Side Dishes for Ham That Belong on Your Easter Table
There's no doubt that ham gets plenty of love during the winter holidays, but it's also one of the most popular spring entrees around. (You can thank Easter for that.) The only question: What to serve on the side? While it may seem tough to build a menu around ham at first, there are actually endless pairing options to consider. Whether you're craving rich, indulgent comfort food like mashed potatoes, or a light, tasty side of roasted vegetables, there's something for everyone on our list. So without further ado, here are 40 side dishes for ham that are begging for a spot at your Easter dinner table.
2. Green Bean Casserole Galette
A chic twist on a classic. Trade canned mushroom soup for sautéed mushrooms simmered in cream and fresh herbs.
5. Whole Roasted Carrots
Eat them any time of year, but they'd be particularly yummy alongside an Easter ham.
9. Orecchiette with Spring Greens
This seasonal pasta salad comes together in just 15 minutes, thanks to the garlic and spinach sautéing while the pasta boils.
10. Scalloped Potatoes
"Sorry, I don't really like potatoes and cheese," said no one ever. This decadent dish calls for both sharp cheddar and Parmesan.
12. Grain-Free Mushroom, Spinach and Leek Pasta
Paired with ham, this is spring on a plate. (The best part is the pine nut-garlic crumble on top.)
13. Hasselback Butternut Squash
You should have no problem finding one in the produce section come fall. But if you want to make something similar for Easter, try using carrots or sweet potatoes, roasting until they're fork-tender.
14. Dorie Greenspan’s Maple Syrup and Mustard Brussels Sprouts
Any veggie side topped with thick-cut bacon is one we want on our dinner table. We recommend using grainy mustard for a rustic appearance.
16. Green Beans with Browned Butter Almondine
Can you believe you're only eight minutes away from this side dish? The beans steam right in the butter before they're finished with lemon juice.
17. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Bonus points for slathering both the ham and the fries in honey mustard.
18. Roasted Asparagus with Miso Butter
Warning: This side by Coterie member Liz Harris is dangerously addictive. The crunchy sesame seeds on top make for a delicious finishing touch.
19. Goat Cheese, Apple and Honey Tarts
They’re at peak deliciousness served warm, but feel free to toast and reheat the leftovers the next day…if you have any, that is.
20. Make-Ahead Farro and Brussels Sprouts Salad
This crunchy side is a refreshing contrast to a rich main dish like ham. How pretty are the sliced radishes and pomegranate arils on top?
21. Delicata Squash Agrodolce
“Agrodolce” sounds (and looks!) super impressive, but nailing that sticky, sweet-tart sauce couldn’t be easier. Even better, we're betting you have most of the ingredients you need in your kitchen right now.
22. Cheesy Polenta Bites with Brussels Sprouts and Pancetta
You know how the crispy corner pieces of cornbread are always the tastiest? Each one of these bites is like a Parmesan-infused corner piece topped with goat cheese, pancetta and veggies.
25. Bean Salad with Herb Lemon Dressing
27. Mini Cranberry Potpies
The only thing better than pie? A pie all to ourselves. Enter Erin McDowell’s mini cranberry potpies, which are festive, unfussy and—best of all—portioned for just one person. (OK, maybe two.)
28. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes with Mushroom Gravy
Why have one vegetable when you can have three? Feel free to drizzle the gravy allllll over your ham, too.
29. Stuffing Muffins
Why does Thanksgiving get dibs on stuffing? We're in the mood for this bready, buttery masterpiece year-round.
30. Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin
The most delicious way to eat more greens? Smother them with Gruyère cheese and heavy cream. See ya later, spuds.
31. Baked Potatoes Three Ways
A good baked potato is a no-brainer, but they can be a little boring. So instead of going the butter-and-sour cream route, consider these alternatives, topped with creamy mushrooms, spicy Brussels sprouts or balsamic caramelized onions.
32. Zesty Chargrilled Broccolini
It’s practically effortless and packed with bright flavor...not to mention really good for you. (Oh, and you'll only need five ingredients and ten minutes to pull it off.)
33. Crispy Mushrooms
Toss cremini mushrooms in olive oil, garlic salt and a little vinegar, then slow-roast them in the oven until they're crunchy and snackable.
34. Spring Panzanella Salad
Fresh spring produce + zippy mustard dressing + sourdough bread = a salad your guests will actually *want* to eat.
35. Chrissy Teigen’s Garlicky Cauliflower ‘Rice’
This herbaceous side is neutral enough to pair beautifully with any main, but we think its mild garlicky flavor is quite the match for sweet ham.
36. Spicy Broccoli Sauté
Once you snag broccoli at the farmers market, odds are you'll have all the ingredients you need. Don't forget to go ham (sorry) with the fried breadcrumbs.
38. Instant Pot Carrot Ginger Soup
The pressure cooker is an absolute miracle worker for pulling this coconut milk-based soup off in just 30 minutes. We'll take extra coconut yogurt on ours, please.
39. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad
This picnic staple just got the glow-up of a lifetime, and it doesn't include potatoes or mayonnaise. It's a stellar side dish for ham, especially if you're eating outdoors.
40. Crispy Roasted Artichokes
When you're craving French fries but want to serve something a little classier, look no further than these dangerously poppable artichokes. The recipe calls for fresh artichokes, but canned works too, as long as you dry them completely.
Additional reporting by Emily Brozyna