38 Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

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This is the year to dress up your Easter dinner with fresh local flavors. It’s about time you put your mark on your family’s traditions.

Don’t forget that brunch or breakfast is a perfect time for a get together too. It can be easier to throw together than a proper sit down dinner.


If your friend and family gatherings are anything like mine, it’s best to have a few nibbles in case you end up waiting on that one person who always seem to be running later.

You can also make a buffet of salads, spreads, and breads and have that as your main event. That way people can wonder in and out as the festivities go on.

Spring Panzanella Salad
Hand dyed Easter Eggs (some with unexpected natural dyes)
Thai Son-in-law Eggs
Green Garlic Pesto (use as spread or salad dressing)
Muhammara (tomato walnut spread)
Roasted Beet Salad with Horseradish Cream
Spinach Soup with an Egg
Green Easter Sauce/Dip
Roasted Spiced Chickpea Kale Salad
Lemon Orzo Salad with Asparagus

Main Courses

Most people like to plan around a protein or main course. Here are a few new twists that shout Spring, but aren’t your traditional ham. Some are even extra good for you too!

Spinach Feta Pie
Chickpea Herb Frittata
Beet Scotch Eggs (vegetarian)
Chicken with Almonds and Honey
Pomegranate Glazed Grilled Chicken
Lamb Tangine

Pomegranate Rye Glaze for Ham, Tofu or Other Protein
Artichoke Lasagna (in French but can select translation in English)
Roasted Vegetable Enchiladas (substitute the freshest Spring veggies you can get your hands on)

Side Dishes

You can make alight meal out of side dishes with a lovely fresh salad.I like to keep the hot dishes warm in slow cookers on a buffet or counter.

Middle Eastern Okra Stew
Vanilla Glazed Baby Carrots
Roasted Asparagus Rolled in Ham
Steamed Artichokes with Creamy Dipping Sauce
Butternut Squash Chickpea and Raisin Couscous
Middle Eastern Spinach with Yogurt
Brussels Sprouts with Garlic, Onion, and Bacon


Your kids may be full of Easter candy, but you’ll at least need one dessert that the grown ups like too. Plus you deserve a treat after hiding all those Easter eggs.

Cadbury Creme Eggs Cupcakes
Date Walnut Bliss Balls
White Peaches in Rosewater Syrup
Gluten-free Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Muffins Baked Served in Parchment Bunny Cubes
Chocolate Raspberry Alaska

Still Feel Overwhelmed?

You can mix and match from above, but if you just aren’t getting into the planning mode here are a few sites that give you a complete dinner start to finish. It’s easy and certain to delight your guests!

Epicurious Do Ahead Easter Dinner
Cooking Light Easter Dinner
A Very Martha Easter Dinner

Food Network Easter Breakfast Menu

Easter Dinner Recipes

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