15 of Our Very Best Easter Side Dishes

Nicole Austin

I have such fond childhood memories of Easter, from dressing up for the first time in a dress after a long, dreary winter to eating a big meal with my family.

Let’s be honest and admit that the candy certainly helped seal the deal!

As an adult, it has become a true pleasure to watch my kids sift through their Easter baskets before getting to work making a dinner that everyone will love.

I am all for the traditional fixings when it comes to holiday meals, but once in a while you just want to bring something different to the table.

If you're looking from something tasty and unique, you'll surely find something that will pique your interest among our very best Easter side dishes!

1. Roasted Cabbage Wedges Recipe

I love cabbage, but often feel like I’ve run out of unique and exciting ways to prepare it when serving cabbage to my family. Our roasted cabbage wedges are a complete game changer on the cabbage front. Caramelized roasted cabbage wedges are seasoned with lemon and feta cheese, bringing a delicious blend of flavors and textures to your table. This one is Easter bunny approved!

2. Cranberry Pecan Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe

We’re a huge roasted Brussels sprouts family and this cranberry pecan roasted Brussels sprouts recipe is my favorite way to serve this sometimes-pungent veggie that otherwise doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Cranberries and pecans blend with balsamic vinegar and maple syrup for a decadent flavor profile that will make you rethink green veggies!

3. Creamy Mushroom Pasta Recipe

I love a good pasta side dish! That love is in large part because I believe that pasta is generally easily able to satisfy any guest. I know there have been times I’ve not cared for the main dish and looked around for a filling and hearty second option, and pasta absolutely fits the bill. This creamy, savory pasta is also easy to make and travel with if you’re visiting someone else’s home!

4. Parmesan Smashed Potatoes Recipe

A delicious twist on the classic potato side dishes, our parmesan smashed potatoes are familiar enough to be a comfort food but unique enough to surprise guests. Topped with parmesan cheese and dried parsley, these potatoes are simple to make and simply divine! They pair perfectly with ham, turkey, steak or whatever main dish you have planned for Easter.

5. Vanilla Pumpkin Skillet Cornbread Recipe

Perfect for a sweet side or a light dessert, our fan favorite vanilla pumpkin skillet cornbread recipe tastes truly wonderful next to a salty ham or served heated at the end of dinner with some vanilla ice cream on the side. This versatile cornbread is simple to prep and bake while also feeling special enough for a holiday dinner with the extended family.

6. Red Lobster Biscuit Recipe

Arguably my favorite biscuit of all-time (and that's saying a lot), these cheesy, heavenly biscuits are a staple in my home. Our copycat Red Lobster biscuit recipe totally lives up to the hype of the restaurant original. I love the blend of salty dough, melted cheese, and herbs and spices. You will always find me saying yes to more of these, especially when served with ham.

7. Quinoa Greek Salad Recipe

Light and fresh, but also very filling, our flavorful quinoa Greek salad recipe is an excellent dish to bring to just about any party or gathering. I love the Mediterranean flavor combination paired with tasty quinoa. Anything with feta and olives is bound to win my vote! This salad will please all ages and have them coming back for more. It's perfect for Easter dinner.

8. Roasted Tahini Maple Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Tahini pairs excellently with the maple and sweet potatoes in this recipe for our roasted tahini maple sweet poatoes. Tender yet crispy, this sweet potato-based side is easy to prepare and quick to bake. You will love the unique combination of flavors in this simple yet sophisticated recipe, which makes quite a lovely and unique addition to Easter dinner.

9. Instant Pot Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

Scalloped potatoes (aka dreamy, creamy potato heaven) are a side dish that I’ve loved my entire life. Using the Instant Pot, you can make them in only minutes without using prepackaged, boxed potatoes with our Instant pot scalloped potatoes recipe. Your guests will notice, and appreciate, the difference! And what goes better with ham than scalloped potatoes?!

10. Cornbread Zucchini Muffins Recipe

Cornbread is a long-standing favorite in my family. Who doesn’t love the soft, subtle sweetness of cornbread alongside their dinner plate? As a mom who loves knowing my kids had more vitamins than I had expected, especially with candy and dessert mingling in with their day, the addition of zucchini in a super-palatable way makes my heart happy! Your family will love these muffins.

11. Easy Focaccia with Strawberries and Feta Recipe

Be still my heart! Focaccia is wonderful enough, but this easy focaccia recipe calls for the addition of strawberries, feta, and balsamic glaze. Can we possibly emphasize enough that this bread is IT?! Not only is it easy to make, it’s easy to love. Even kids will be asking for more! When it comes to easy and unique side dishes for Easter, it gets no better.

12. Garlic Butter Baked Mushrooms Recipe

I love mushrooms, especially seasoned mushrooms. There’s just something about their earthy, rich flavor combined with butter, herbs, and seasonings that feels like a comfort food without a lot of fuss. These crowd favorite garlic butter baked mushrooms are excellent as a stand alone or served alongside stuffing, rice, and breads. I can't stop making them.

13. Greek Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans Recipe

I’m all for two birds with one stone, making my life easier and of course cutting my prep and side dish volume down. This delicious recipe for Greek roasted potatoes and green beans will fill you up and add plenty of offerings to the table without having to provide multiple dishes for the same effect. Plus, the addition of green beans with the potatoes feels seasonally appropriate for Easter!

14. Kale Blueberry Pineapple Salad Recipe

Light and crisp, this recipe for our kale blueberry pineapple salad practically sings of spring! There's something about a bright, veggie-packed salad that is ideal as an Easter side dish after months of heavier comfort food dishes. Enjoy this cool, mouthwatering side with your Easter dinner to remind you that the warm, sunny days have almost arrived!

15. Garlic Cheese Bombs Recipe

Last but far from least, you need to bookmark this garlic cheese bombs recipe right away. It's one of our most popular recipes ever and for good reason! Cheese-filled garlic rolls are the memorable bread dish you’re looking for this Easter. Topped with a buttery garlic sauce and loaded with melted cheese, these “bombs” will delight your family and friends.

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