31 Easter Dinner Ideas

Let's celebrate spring!

Easter Dinner Table
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A baked ham, some scalloped potatoes, green beans, and candy for dessert isn't the worst Easter dinner one can make. But there are many ways to freshen up that old favorite with seasonal produce and new techniques, while still keeping it easy to put together, even if you're hosting a crowd. This Easter menu provides a wide variety of main dishes, cocktails, several soups and salads, a host of side dishes, and a handful of perfect-for-spring desserts. Scroll through and let inspiration hit you while you plan for the best Easter menu ever. You also may be interested in these vegetarian and vegan recipes.

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    Grilled Lamb

    Spicy Lamb

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Lamb is traditional at Easter for a variety of reasons, but the phrase "spring lamb" refers to the most pressing one: when allowed to follow their natural breeding pattern, lambs are born and slaughtered in the spring. This grilled lamb recipe marinates a boneless leg of lamb and has you throw it on the grill—perfect for a crowd and a great way to break in the grill for grilling season.

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    Baked Ham

    Baked Ham

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    Looking for a ham recipe this Easter, but not sure which one to select? Take a look at this list of ten baked ham recipes. They run the gamut, from classic pineapple to whiskey-glazed. Yum!

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    Lamb Chops

    Lamb Chops

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    Balsamic vinegar and herbs make an easy but flavorful marinade for these easy lamb chops. Lamb chops are a great choice for a smaller Easter group. They can be tricky for bigger groups, both because they tend to be quite expensive, but also because cooking them accurately requires some attention and it can be challenging to get a whole lot of them to the correct doneness at the same time. Once you get the hang of it though, you'll be delighted with how this dish turns out!

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    Minted Lamb Meatballs

    Minted Lamb Meatballs

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    While far from a traditional Easter table offering, these minted lamb meatballs are easy, delicious, and perfect for spring. Plus, with all the seasoning and the meatball-form, they are capable of converting lamb-haters into lamb-lovers.

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    Roast Chicken

    Roast Chicken
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    A roast chicken is another fabulous main dish choice for the Easter table. Easy, crowd-pleasing and delicious, roast chicken is usually a safe bet if you have any picky eaters.

    Have a bigger crowd? Roast two or three!

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    Roasted Rabbit With Fava Pesto

    Roasted Rabbit With Fava Pesto

    The Spruce / Pete Scherer

    Swap out the usual chicken, ham, or lamb for Easter this year and serve roasted rabbit. The tender meat is served atop a bright green fava pesto, making this the ultimate spring main dish.

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    Asparagus Leek Quiche

    Asparagus Leek Quiche

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Whether you offer this asparagus leek quiche as a side dish or a vegetarian entrée, it brings tons of spring flavor to the mix. Plus, it holds up well at room temperature, which is perfect when the dinner table conversation is flowing.

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    Springtime Sangria

    Strawberry Rosé Sangria

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    A few strawberries and some rosé wine make for a simply beautiful cocktail in the form of springtime sangria if you want to offer your guests something special.

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    Rhubarb-Rosemary Daiquiri

    Rhubarb Daiquiri
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    Not in the mood for sangria, but still want to offer an eclectic beverage? Try these rhubarb-rosemary daiquiris!

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    Spring Cocktails

    Spring Cocktails

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    If neither of those options tickles your fancy, or you have a large gathering this Easter and want to provide several options, check out this list of ten spring cocktails. It covers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic options alike.

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    Easy Pickled Asparagus

    Asparagus refrigerator pickled recipe

    ​The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh

    If you plan a bit ahead, you can offer these zesty easy pickled asparagus spears as a seasonal appetizer while waiting for the main feast to start. Or, if you're lucky enough to have fiddleheads on hand, try pickled fiddleheads instead.

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    Chilled Watercress Soup

    Chilled Watercress Yogurt Soup

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    A chilled soup is a stylish way to start any meal, especially the spring feast that any Easter dinner likely hints at. This chilled watercress soup is easy to make, tastes best when made ahead, and features the peppery watercress of spring.

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    Classic Crown of Lamb and Gravy

    Crown of Lamb
    Elaine Lemm

    Lamb is a classic Easter main dish, and this crown of lamb is an impressive centerpiece. Served standing with homemade gravy, it's a show stopper.

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    Cream of Artichoke Soup

    Cream of Artichoke Soup

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    If a soup course intrigues, another solid spring option is this utterly divine cream of artichoke soup, inspired by the amazingly rich version served at Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero, California.

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    Beet Yogurt Salad

    Beet Yogurt Salad

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    It is a bit unusual and may raise some eyebrows, but this beet yogurt salad is wonderfully springy and super tasty. Baby beets get roasted, shredded, and mixed with yogurt. A bit of garlic, olive oil, and dill add even more flavor. It is particularly good alongside a juicy roast chicken or tender lamb.

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    Buttered Leeks

    Buttered Leeks

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Spring leeks, butter, and a sprinkle of salt combine into more than that simple combination in this easy, flavorful buttered leeks side dish. It is particularly stunning with roast chicken or baked ham.

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    Roasted Asparagus

    Roasted Asparagus
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    Roasting is one of the easiest and tastiest ways to cook asparagus, and this recipe for roasted asparagus is a fabulous dish to include on any Easter table. Totally spring. Totally delicious.

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    Peas and Carrots

    Peas and Carrots Recipe

    This homey favorite of peas and carrots may seem too simple for a big celebration, but the colors are so lovely and the flavors so spring-like, it's worth considering—especially since it comes together in a snap.

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    Sautéed Fava Greens

    Fava Bean Leaves
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    Fava greens aren't super easy to find, but they are worth seeking out for their nutty flavor and tender texture in this sautéed fava greens recipe. Look for them at farmer's markets (farmers who grow fava beans may well bring the greens they cull to market) and specialty grocery stores. Or, if you grow fava beans or broad beans, harvest the greens yourself.

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    Fiddlehead Ferns

    Fiddlehead Ferns
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    They aren't easy to find, but if you get your hands on fiddlehead ferns—at a farmers market or specialty shop or by foraging for them yourself—a quick turn in a hot pan is one of the easiest ways to cook them up. 

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    Morel Mushrooms

    Morel Mushrooms

    Morel mushrooms are a harbinger of spring that packs a lot of flavor in a small package. Here, they are simply sautéed, but grilling them is a tasty option, as is making a morel mushroom risotto, which lets you make a lot of the flavor in just a few mushrooms.

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    Scalloped Potatoes

    Scalloped Potatoes
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    A classic addition to the Easter table, these scalloped potatoes are creamy and topped with plenty of cheese, a great staple for any Easter dinner menu.

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    Potato Leek Gratin

    Potato Leek Gratin

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    Just as warm and creamy as scalloped potatoes, this recipe for potato leek gratin shines with fresh spring leeks in the mix. Note that it reheats beautifully, making it a good candidate to make ahead, partially bake, and then finish in time for the big feast.

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    Potatoes in Cilantro Sauce

    Potatoes In Cilantro Sauce

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    These potatoes in cilantro sauce get coated in a flavorful sauce made mainly from minced or puréed cilantro—they add flavor and lovely green color to the table. They're also a little more interesting than plain roasted or steamed potatoes if you're looking to mix things up a bit. 

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    Mashed Potatoes

    Mashed Potatoes

    The Spruce / Molly Watson

    If you'd like to stick with tradition and make everyone's favorite: classic mashed potatoes, this step-by-step guide will help you make them perfectly every time.

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    Tres Leches Cake With Strawberries

    Strawberry Tres Leches Cake
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    Tres leches cake is popular throughout Latin America. It's moist and sweet and irresistible. This version of tres leches cake with strawberries is perfect for Easter.

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    Classic Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberry shortcake

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    If you'd like to keep things more traditional, we recommend making these classic strawberry​ shortcakes! They are easier to make from scratch than you might think.

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    Rhubarb Crumble Pie

    Rhubarb Crumble Pie
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    Buttery spiced oats turn tart rhubarb into a lovely rhubarb crumble pie. Homey and delicious all at once, it's oh-so-perfect for spring.

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    Rhubarb Bread Pudding

    Rhubarb Bread Pudding
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    This homey rhubarb bread pudding is extra delicious when served with hard sauce. If you're looking for a recipe to mix things up for dessert, we recommend trying out this one.

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    Easter Lamb Cake

    Easter Lamb Cake

    The Spruce / Barbara Rolek

    This Easter lamb cake, baked and iced to look like a lamb, is a traditional dessert on Polish Easter tables. It requires a lamb-shaped cake mold, but to have such a fun and festive dessert, it's worth it!

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    Bunny Cookies

    Easter Bunny Cookies

    The Spruce / Elizabeth LaBau

    If you're trying to keep things simple, then these Easter bunny cookies made from iced Milano cookies, cut marshmallows for ears, and candy are the perfect option!