14 Gluten-Free Side Dishes for Easter

Springy and gluten-free sides for your Easter dinner

Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon
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Easter dinner is a time to celebrate spring produce, from fresh greens and peas to carrots and asparagus. When planning your holiday menu, be sure to offer some gluten-free options to keep the meal light and accessible to all diets. We've gathered some easy gluten-free side dishes that will round out your Easter meal perfectly, whether you're pairing with lamb, ham, or going vegetarian.

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    Creamy Gluten-Free Scalloped Potatoes

    Creamy Gluten-Free Scalloped Potatoes
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    For a decadent side dish that's worthy of a holiday meal, look no further than scalloped potatoes. For a gluten-free version, rice flour replaces the standard wheat flour. The cheesy and creamy potatoes are especially good paired with ham.

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    Easy Skillet Green Beans and Bacon

    Easy Skillet Green Beans and Bacon
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    The only thing better than fresh green beans is green beans cooked with bacon. The prep for this recipe is quick and simple, but you'll end up with a dish that's worthy of an Easter meal.

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    Roasted Spring Vegetables With Garlic and Thyme

    Roasted Spring Vegetables With Garlic and Thyme
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    Fresh spring veggies tend to be sweet and tender all on their own, so you don't have to do much to make them meal-worthy. For a simply delicious side dish, toss a mix of vegetables in olive oil and roast them with garlic and thyme.

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    Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

    Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
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    Bright orange carrots are an especially fitting Easter dish, and a simple brown sugar and butter glaze make them extra special. Petite whole carrots with the tops trimmed are the prettiest, but baby carrots will work, too.

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    Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette

    Kale and Cabbage Slaw With Mustard Vinaigrette
    Diana Rattray.

    This light and crunchy salad-style slaw will keep your meal from being too heavy, with fresh kale and cabbage and a light dijon vinaigrette. It's a nice accompaniment to rich dishes and won't wilt like other salads if it sits on the dinner table for a while.

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    Grilled Asparagus

    Grilled Asparagus
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    With the weather getting warmer and the days lasting longer, it's time to dust off the grill. A quick trip over hot coals and a squeeze of lemon are all asparagus need to become a tasty side dish. They're perfect to throw on while meat is resting, like grilled lamb chops.

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    Homemade Mashed Potatoes

    Homemade Mashed Potatoes
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    You simply can't go wrong with mashed potatoes, they are the ultimate crowd pleaser. With endless variations (and lots of ideas included in this recipe), the classic dish will add starch to your meal without adding gluten.

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    Roasted Whole Artichokes

    Roasted Whole Artichokes
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    Artichokes are often thought of as hard to cook and hard to serve, but the spring thistles are easier to enjoy than they seem. Wrapped up tight and roasted whole in the oven, they are especially good with an aioli for dipping and a squeeze of lemon.

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    Spring Vegetable Risotto With Asparagus and Peas

    Spring Vegetable Risotto With Asparagus and Peas
    Diana Rattray.

    A creamy risotto packed with springtime veggies is an especially delicious side dish for lamb or chicken. Add another veggie side, like glazed carrots, and you've got a complete Easter meal.

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    Luxurious, Buttery Creamed Spinach

    Luxurious, Buttery Creamed Spinach
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    Spring is a time for everything green, and that includes farm-fresh spinach. Cooked down with a creamy and cheesy sauce, even the pickiest eaters won't be able to resist eating their greens.

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    Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon

    Sautéed Asparagus With Lemon: A Basic Technique
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    Asparagus is a supremely springy vegetable. When bright green bunches start showing up at farmers' markets and groceries, you know that spring has sprung. For a simple but flavorful cooking method, sauté the stalks until crisp-tender and then top with an onion and butter sauce.

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    Quick Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes

    Quick Oven-Roasted Baby Potatoes
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    Potatoes are also in season in the springtime, and tender baby varieties are especially good this time of year. Simply cut them in half, toss with oil, and season before roasting until tender. No need to peel your potatoes, since the small varieties have a thin peel that crisps in the oven.

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    Leek Gratin With Cream and Fontina Cheese

    Leek Gratin With Cream and Fontina Cheese
    Diana Rattray.

    Leeks, onion's tall, milder cousin, are often stuck in potato soup as a supporting star. But the spring vegetable can also carry the spotlight, like in this Leek Gratin. Smothered in a creamy cheese sauce, it's a dream paired with meat and a salad.

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    Roasted Carrots With Feta and Dukkah

    Roasted Carrots With Feta and Dukkah
    Anita Schecter.

    Roasting carrots brings out their natural sweetness, which plays nicely off of the salty feta cheese in this recipe. Dukkah is an Egyptian spice and nut mixture that can be found at some markets or made at home with store bought ingredients.