Best Easter Side Dishes

You might think that your Easter dinner is all about the main course, but really, the Easter side dishes are what takes a meal from good to fabulous. 

Whether you are looking for traditional side dishes for ham, beef, fish or lamb, or something more unique, we’ve rounded up our best and most delicious side dishes for your holiday feast. Something is sure to catch your eye in this list of Easter sides.

You’ll find classic sides like Green Bean Casserole, healthy options like vegetables and salads, along with a few, more carb-filled selections, like cheesy potatoes and flaky biscuits.

Table of Contents
  1. Best Easter Side Dish Recipes
  2. Potato Side Dishes for Easter
  3. Casserole Side Dishes
  4. Salads and Pasta Salads
  5. Sweet Sides and Desserts for Easter
  6. What is the Traditional Food for Easter?
  7. What Should I Bring for Easter Dinner?
  8. Have You Tried These Recipes?

Best Easter Side Dish Recipes

From potatoes to vegetables and yes even jello salads, side dishes are really what makes a holiday meal great. These delicious sides will pair well with any feast, but especially with your Easter ham, turkey or whatever your family tradition is.

Potato Side Dishes for Easter

Some like them cheesy, some like them in a salad but true potato lovers will eat them pretty much any way you serve them!

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are the perfect side dish! Par-boiled instead of baked raw, these cheesy potatoes will always be cooked to creamy perfection.
Easy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes
Easy, creamy Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes make the perfect side dish for any occasion.
Southern Potato Salad
Southern Potato Salad is a classic recipe for potlucks, picnics and BBQs. It's creamy, tangy and ready in 30 minutes, or make it a day ahead.
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes
Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes are rich, creamy, buttery and decadent. They are such an easy side dish for weeknight dinners or a holiday meal.
Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes
Want to know the secret to the best mashed potatoes? Keep it simple, no fancy ingredients – just the right ratio of butter, cream and salt.
Twice Baked Potatoes
These Twice Baked Potatoes are stuffed to the brim with tender potato, cheddar and Parmesan cheeses and loads of bacon. A great side dish for any holiday!
Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole
Copycat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole is an easy, cheesy recipe with frozen hashbrowns, cheese sauce and a crunchy corn flakes topping. Perfect for potlucks, brunch or as a simple side dish.
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
These Garlic Mashed Potatoes are creamy and delicious. Made with minced garlic and cream cheese, it’s the best side dish and one that everyone will love!
A bowl of mashed potatoes with butter
Lemon Potatoes
Roasted Lemon Potatoes are crispy and flavorful, tossed in olive oil and Greek inspired spices then roasted for a truly addictive side dish.

Casserole Side Dishes

If potatoes aren’t your thing, one of these creamy, cheesy casseroles should do the trick. Ok they’re not all cheesy, but they are all delicious. Bonus – some of them even include the vegetables!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese
If you want an incredibly creamy and cheesy baked macaroni and cheese recipe than this will be the only recipe you ever need! A tangy sharp cheddar cheese sauce coats al dente pasta, and then topped with a surprise pretzel crust!
Creamy Cornbread Casserole
Creamy Cornbread Casserole is a tender, delicious corn casserole that makes a great side dish for the holidays or your favorite bowl of chili!
Easy Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
Cheesy Broccoli Casserole with tender broccoli, a homemade cheddar cheese sauce and finishes with a crispy, buttery cracker crumb topping.
Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole with Bacon is a salty, smoky update on the classic Thanksgiving side dish. Made with fresh green beans or canned.
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli Rice Casserole is an easy to make side dish with a cheesy sauce. Make it a delicious part of your holiday meal or weeknight dinner.
Scalloped Corn
Scalloped Corn is a classic casserole filled with creamy corn, topped with crushed butter crackers. A simple side dish for the holidays or a weeknight meal.
A dish of scalloped corn casserole
Zucchini Casserole
Zucchini Casserole is a delicious side dish with tender zucchini, a creamy white cheddar cheese sauce and a crunchy panko breadcrumb topping.
Cornbread Stuffing
Southern Cornbread Stuffing is a moist and fluffy dressing with chunks of sweet cornbread and veggies soaked in an herb infused broth.

Vegetable Sides

Don’t forget the veggies! They round out a meal and make you feel a little better for eating all those carbs.

Parmesan Zucchini and Corn
This Parmesan Zucchini and Corn is fresh and full of flavor. It's a quick and easy side dish that is perfect for busy weeknights.
Sauteed Asparagus
Learn how to make the best Sauteed asparagus! This fast, healthy side dish has simple flavors and goes from stove to table in just 10 minutes.
Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe
Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus is a perfect side dish for any meal. It's simple, requires just a few ingredients, and is ready in about 20 minutes.
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Incredibly crispy brussels sprouts – they are baked in the oven, easy to make, and full of flavor.
Roasted Broccolini
Roasted Broccolini is an easy side dish that's ready in 20 minutes. With just a few simple ingredients, you can get dinner on the table fast!
Honey Butter Roasted Carrots
Honey Roasted Carrots are the perfect Thanksgiving Side Dish! Super tender baby carrots roasted with a sweet honey butter glaze.
Broccoli with Cheese Sauce
Broccoli with cheese sauce is the best way to serve fresh broccoli – smothered in a creamy homemade cheese sauce. It's totally kid approved!
Roasted Vegetables
Oven Roasted Vegetables are deliciously tender and roasted in a crave-worthy seasoning blend. Get tips for perfect roast veggies side dish every time!
A close up of many different roasted vegetables.
Garlic Butter Frozen Vegetables
Budget friendly frozen vegetables are transformed with a couple of simple, and tasty, tricks!
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Asparagus is a quick and healthy side dish that's ready in less than 10 minutes, served with fresh Parmesan and lemon.
Garlic Butter Green Beans
Garlic Green Beans are a simple, flavorful side dish that's fast and easy to make. Green beans cooked in garlic butter until tender with a squeeze of lemon.
A pan of sauteed green beans
Sauteed Mushrooms
A quick and easy side dish made from mushrooms, garlic, butter, Worcestershire, salt and pepper.

Salads and Pasta Salads

You can’t call it an Easter gathering if there aren’t a few deviled eggs. I mean, eggs are one of the main stars of Easter! I’ve lumped salads and pasta salads in the same category since they are all cold side dishes that are perfect for your celebration.

7 Layer Salad
7 Layer Salad is a classic potluck dish great for feeding a crowd. These layers of deliciousness can be made ahead of time for these easiest side dish ever!
7 Layer salad in a big glass salad bowl
Farmer’s Market Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing
A colorful bowl of veggies makes up this healthy salad and an easy homemade ranch dressing tops it off.
A bowl of salad with ranch dressing.
Greek Bean Salad
This easy Greek-style Bean Salad is super simple and packed with both flavor and gorgeous color. Add some crispy lettuce and grilled chicken for a full meal, or serve it with warmed pita bread as an appetizer. 
A bowl of Bean Salad
Wedge Salad with Homemade Thousand Island Dressing
A Wedge Salad is a crisp and refreshing. Iceberg lettuce wedges topped with homemade thousand island dressing, bacon, tomatoes and pepper jack cheese.
A plate of wedge salad with dressing, bacon, cheese, and tomatoes on top
Veggie Tray
The best veggie tray is full of colorful vegetables, and a variety of flavorful dips. A vegetable tray is a must have at parties!
Air Fryer Green Beans
Air Fryer Green Beans are an easy side dish – perfectly tender crisp beans with a delicious roasted flavor and drizzled with garlic butter.
Cabbage Salad
Cabbage Salad is a versatile side dish made with crunchy cabbage, bell pepper, onion, herbs and a sweet and tangy vinegar based dressing.
Classic Deviled Eggs
Deviled Eggs are a must-have party staple! This classic deviled eggs recipe is made with eggs, mayonnaise, mustard and a dash of hot sauce.
Creamy Grape Salad
This Creamy Grape Salad with walnuts is is creamy and sweet and the perfect side dish or dessert for picnics, potlucks and parties. 
A bowl creamy grape salad
Zesty Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad is a potluck classic ready in under 15 minutes! Made with pantry ingredients and fresh veggies, this pasta salad is a family favorite.
Simple Carrot Salad
This simple carrot salad will be your new go-to quick salad. It's so easy to throw together with minimal ingredients and a killer vinaigrette – this is a total winner!
Social media image of carrot salad
Mediterranean Green Bean Salad
Mediterranean Green Bean Salad is full of bright flavors and colors, with Feta cheese, Kalamata olives, chickpeas, tomatoes and a tangy Greek vinaigrette.
Green beans with feta, tomatoes, olives, and chickpeas
Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad is a cool, crisp side salad that’s perfect for summer cookouts. With a creamy, Greek yogurt and honey based dressing, crunchy sunflower seeds and juicy raisins, this salad is as delicious as it is light and healthy!
Lighter Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
This Lighter Hawaiian Macaroni Salad is made with Greek Yogurt for a super creamy pasta salad that skimps on calories, but not flavor. It's the perfect side dish for barbecues, picnics or just dinner with your family.
Social media image of Macaroni Salad

Bread & Rolls

Bread may seem like a simple add-on that won’t matter, until you forget to put it out and everyone is scrambling looking for the bread!

One Hour Dinner Rolls
These one hour dinner rolls are soft and fluffy, and really do take only about an hour from start to finish, including rising time. They are the perfect compliment to any meal.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
The Best Cheesy Garlic Bread has 3 kinds of cheese, fresh herbs and tons of garlic. Turn plain french bread into cheesy, garlicky perfection!
Beer Bread Recipe
This Beer Bread recipe is a simple and customizable quick bread that's slightly sweet, super moist and made with just 6 ingredients.
Homemade Biscuits
Fluffy, buttery, extra flaky homemade biscuits. Just 30 minutes and a few simple ingredients to make the perfect biscuits from scratch.
Garlic Cheese Biscuits (Red Lobster copycat)
Garlic Cheese Biscuits are a copycat of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits. They are cheesy, garlicky and salty yet still tender and flaky – you definitely won't want to share.
A close up of homemade bread rolls with garlic and cheese.
Cornbread Muffins
Sour Cream Cornbread Muffins are fluffy and moist. Smother with butter and honey and pair them with your favorite bowl of soup or chili.
Whole Wheat Bread
Combine a few simple ingredients to create this whole grain wheat bread.
A close up of Bread
Parker House Rolls
Parker House Rolls are a soft and buttery, melt-in-your-mouth dinner roll. They are brushed with butter before and after baking making them even more irresistible. Your family is going to love these amazing homemade rolls. 

Sweet Sides and Desserts for Easter

Is it a side dish or is it a dessert? You be the judge.

Sour Cream Salad
A creamy fruit salad with cool whip and sour cream, marshmallows and chunks of fruit.
Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad
This Classic Pistachio Fluff Salad is a family favorite, classic dessert recipe that will take you back to your childhood.
A bowl of pistachio fluff salad with maraschino cherries on top
Green Jello Salad
Jello Salad is a vintage recipe that's part side dish & part dessert. This Green Jello Salad is deliciously creamy and perfect for sharing with friends!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
Strawberry Pretzel Salad is a vintage dessert with layers of salty pretzels, creamy whipped topping, fresh strawberries and strawberry jello.

What is the Traditional Food for Easter?

Ham is traditionally served on Easter for many families, although in many religious cultures, roasted lamb is the centerpiece. Others may serve beef tenderloin or a Pork Roast.

What Should I Bring for Easter Dinner?

So Easter is around the corner and your family is having a potluck style celebration. You’ve been asked to bring a side dish. But what to bring when there are so many options? Here are some of the most popular choices, because they pair well with an Easter Ham:

  • Potatoes – cheesy potatoes or your basic mashed are one of the most popular options.
  • Pasta Salad – it’s spring and pasta salads are perfect with their cool crisp flavors.
  • Bread – Carb lovers unite! Bread is an obvious choice for a great side dish any time.
  • Veggies – You have to have at least one vegetable side dish, if only to make your grandma happy.
  • Dessert salads – Every potluck or gathering needs a jello salad or at least one dish made with cool whip.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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  1. Holy, moly, I cannot pick just one recipe, so I’ll have to make many for Easter this year 🙂