Check out 36 of my most popular recipes for Easter Side Dishes for your Holiday Feast. These recipes and menu ideas are the best of the best; they are irresistibly delicious, kid-friendly, and perfect for your Easter celebration.
Whether cooking for two or a crowd, choose from these easy, mostly make-ahead, top-rated spring vegetable dishes such as Sweet and Sour Green Beans, show-stopping cheesy casseroles like my Broccoli Cheese Casserole, and lighter spring dishes such as my Green Bean Casserole without Mushroom Soup.
Like my popular Southern Potato Salad, these festive, traditional, and non-traditional Easter side dish recipes are perfect to pair with showstopping main dishes such as Baked Ham with Pineapple and Cherries, Double Smoked Ham, Roasted Rack of Lamb with Garlic and Herbs.
This comprehensive spring collection of Easter Sunday favorites is full of unique menu ideas that include healthy, keto, gluten-free, low-carb, and vegetarian options.
1. Easy Southern Potato Salad
Easter or summer picnics wouldn’t be the same without a tasty helping of potato salad. Like Grandma used to make, this easy-to-make, old-fashioned potato salad is creamy, tangy, delicious, and loaded with crunchy dill pickles, spicy mustard, mayonnaise, and must-have hard-boiled eggs!
2. Ultimate Broccoli Cheese Casserole
When you see the word “ultimate” in a recipe title, you expect it to be spectacular. This delicious broccoli cheese casserole loaded with cheesy goodness lives up to its name!
3. Classic Southern Deviled Eggs
Classic Southern Deviled Eggs are devilishly delicious with mayonnaise, mustard, and dill pickles. And they are a classic for a good reason; everyone loves them!
4. Southern Baked Pineapple Casserole
A quintessential Easter side dish in the South, Southern Baked Pineapple Casserole is the epitome of a quick and easy recipe! You will be saying yes, please, to a serving of this popular pineapple cheese casserole full of sweet pineapple chunks and blanketed with a crisp, buttery Ritz cracker topping.
5. Southern Cheesy Cornbread Pudding
Southern Cheesy Corn Pudding is a beloved traditional holiday and pot-luck dinner side dish in the South! If you like corn and you like cornbread, you will love this decadent and creamy corn casserole recipe.
6. Green Bean Casserole without Mushroom Soup
Discover a delightful twist on the classic Southern Green Bean Casserole. This easy-to-make recipe is crafted with fresh ingredients without canned cream of mushroom soup.
7. Southern Baked Mac and Cheese Casserole
Macaroni and Cheese is synonymous with Southern entertaining. You would be hard-pressed to find any holiday or celebration involving food in the South without a macaroni and cheese casserole front and center on the table.
8. Southern Sweet and Sour Green Beans
Southern Sweet and Sour Green Beans with smokey bacon, crunchy water chestnuts, and sweet onions taste just like its name! It’s also definitely one delicious and easy green bean recipe that deserves a place of honor in your repertoire of “go-to” recipes for green beans.
9. Southern Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Southern Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, an Easter brunch or dinner tradition, especially in the South, consists of sliced potatoes covered in a decadent and rich cheesy bechamel sauce and baked until they are melt-in-your-mouth tender.
10. Easy Grape Salad with Cream Cheese
Easy, old-fashioned Grape Salad is full of plump, juicy grapes, buttery toasted pecans, and a tangy dressing made with cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar. Is it a salad or a dessert? You decide. Either way, it’s the perfect holiday treat.
11. Easy Southern Broccoli Salad
This recipe for Easy Southern Broccoli Salad is jam-packed with fresh broccoli, dried cranberries, roasted pecans, cheddar cheese, and cherry tomatoes. It’s bright, fresh, and the perfect Easter side dish.
12. Baked Mushroom Casserole
Baked Mushroom Casserole is a delicious and impressive mushroom side dish with a blend of shitake, cremini, and baby portabella mushrooms, baked with butter, parsley, and lemony goodness.
13. Spinach Gratin – Pudge Factor
Spinach Gratin is full of creamy, cheesy goodness. Frozen spinach is mixed with a classic Mornay sauce accented with caramelized onions. It’s topped with both Gruyère cheese and freshly grated Parmesan cheese to create an unforgettable dish. As a bonus, it can be made ahead of time and produces amazing leftovers.
14. Green Bean Bundles Wrapped in Bacon
Easy, delicious Green Bean Bundles Wrapped in Bacon will lend an elegant touch to your holiday dinner table. These divine little packages of tender green beans, wrapped in smoky bacon with a touch of brown sugar, will be a favorite of your family and friends.
15. Spinach Strawberry Salad with Pecans
Discover my delicious Spinach Strawberry Salad Recipe featuring sweet strawberries, crunchy roasted pecans, and fresh baby spinach.
16. Copper Pennies (Marinated Carrots)
Copper Pennies, also known as Marinated Carrots or Sweet and Sour Carrots, are carrot medallions marinated in a tangy tomato sauce. It’s the best carrot side dish ever and is perfect for Easter. You might say it’s “Copper Pennies from Heaven”!
17. Cauliflower Cheese Bake
Cauliflower Cheese Bake is the perfect rich and creamy but low-carb side dish for your Easter dinner or any dinner when you want to treat your family or guests to something special! It’s a true crowd-pleaser!
18. Make-Ahead Vegetable Tian – Pudge Factor
Make-Ahead Vegetable Tian is as delicious to eat as it is beautiful to present. Imagine overlapping alternating potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes sitting atop luscious caramelized onions topped with Gruyère cheese.
19. Classic House Salad
Discover the ultimate go-to salad with this Quick and Easy Classic House Salad Recipe, which includes a yummy homemade dressing.
20. Easy Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin
This recipe for Easy Parmesan Potatoes Au Gratin is irresistibly delicious and the perfect special occasion side dish. With thinly sliced, tender Russet potatoes nestled in a thick and decadent cream sauce and nutty parmesan cheese, this indulgent side dish might edge out your entrée and become the star of the show!
21. Easy Baked Southern Candied Sweet Potato Casserole
Easy Baked Southern Candied Sweet Potato Casserole features thinly sliced sweet potatoes, covered with brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves, and then topped with sweet, creamy butter and candied pecans. This easy Easter casserole comes together quickly and is both decadent and delicious!
22. Easy Southern Corn Salad
Easy Southern Corn Salad is a delicious staple in the South, especially in the spring and summer when fresh corn is readily available at the farmer’s markets. Easy Southern Corn Salad only takes minutes to make, and because it’s made without mayonnaise, it’s fresh, light, and healthy.
23. Potato Broccoli Salad
Potato Broccoli Salad with Vinaigrette is a lighter, delicious, and healthy change from classic or traditional potato salad. The addition of broccoli and cherry tomatoes ramps up the nutritional value, and the use of a tasty vinaigrette instead of mayonnaise and eggs reduces the calorie count.
24. Sweet Onion Casserole
Just in time for Easter, this easy Sweet Onion Casserole is the best side dish ever! Caramelized sweet onions, Vidalia if you can find them, are meltingly tender and paired with buttery, crunchy Ritz crackers, sour cream, and cheese; this decadent onion casserole melts in your mouth!
25. Spinach Salad with Apples and Pecans
This easy and flavorful salad is the perfect blend of crisp, juicy, tart apples, crunchy pecans, tender spinach, tangy dried cranberries, and creamy feta cheese. A zesty homemade poppy seed dressing seals the deal and enhances the flavor and texture of this dish.
26. Easy Make-Ahead Zucchini Gratin – Pudge Factor
A gratin is a dish topped with a golden browned crust of breadcrumbs and melted cheese. In France, gratins are generally made with potatoes. This Easy Make-Ahead Zucchini Gratin is an amazing deviation, which will have you coming back for more!
27. Traditional Southern Cornbread Dressing
In the South, cornbread dressing recipes have been passed down through generations, and there are almost as many variations as Easter eggs. But the one constant in most of the cornbread dressing recipes is flavor!
28. Easy Spicy Southern Corn Casserole
Easy Spicy Southern Corn Casserole is a fiesta for the senses with luscious corn deliciousness, spicy chilies, jalapenos, bacon, and decadent cream cheese filling that brings it all together.
29. Southern Green Beans and New Potatoes
Southern Green Beans and New Potatoes is an old-fashioned side dish that has been around the proverbial block many times. This delicious tried, and true Southern-style recipe features fresh, crisp green beans and tender new potatoes cooked with a little bacon, garlic, and onion.
30. Easy Cheesy Potato And Onion Au Gratin – Pudge Factor
Easy Cheesy Potato and Onion Au Gratin is deliciously creamy and a real show stopper. It’s a simple side dish that takes minutes to put together but is packed with cheesy goodness.
31. Southern White Acre Pea Succotash
Southern White Acre Pea Succotash, with white acre peas and fresh corn, is healthy and full of garden-fresh delicious flavors and summery goodness.
32. Ultimate Make-Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad
Ultimate Make-Ahead Frozen Fruit Salad is an easy, quick and delicious fruit salad. It’s full of pineapple, cherries, and pecans, and it would be perfect for serving for an Easter brunch, lunch or dinner, or any time for that matter.
33. Roasted Carrots with Lemon Vinaigrette
Roasted Carrots with Lemon Vinaigrette are delicious roasted, crisp-tender, sweet carrots topped with a yummy lemon and fresh herb vinaigrette. This elegant side dish would be a stunning and flavorful addition to your Easter dinner table.
34. Ultimate Blue Cheese Potatoes Au Gratin
Are you looking for a delicious side dish for a special dinner or your Easter table? How about something just a little different from traditional mashed potatoes? Hold on to your chef’s hat because Blue Cheese Potatoes Au Gratin will rock your world.
35. Pommes Anna (A.K.A. Potatoes Anna) – Pudge Factor
Pommes Anna, also known as Potatoes Anna, is a simple yet impressive side dish that will be a showstopper at your next dinner party. It’s buttery crispy on the golden brown outside and melt in your mouth tender on the inside.
36. Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes (Make-Ahead)
Mouth-watering Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes with their creamy texture are the answer to your prayers for a perfect side dish and an amazing, easy-to-make, make-ahead mashed potato recipe.
Frequently asked questions:
In the South, ham and potato salad are probably the most traditional foods served for an Easter brunch, lunch, or dinner. It does vary depending on the region of the country you live in.
A quick internet search says that lamb is the most eaten food at Easter. However, that varies by where you live. In the South, the most popular main dish is ham.
Fish or seafood is the most popular main dish choice on Good Friday.
Because it’s spring, side dishes that feature fresh spring vegetables such as asparagus, carrots, broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower are especially popular.
If you are making a side dish to bring to a family Easter lunch or dinner, choose something that can be made ahead and served cold or at room temperature. Good choices include Grape Salad with Cream Cheese, Southern Baked Pineapple Casserole, Southern Deviled Eggs, Southern Potato Salad, Southern Broccoli Salad, and Potato Broccoli Salad.
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From my family to yours, I wish you sunshine, good times, and a very happy Easter!
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