45 Easter Dinner Ideas (Main Course, Salads, and Sides)

Easter Dinner is one of the best feasts of the year! Try out some of these delicious Easter dinner ideas for your holiday meal. Choose from main courses, Easter side dishes, and more to create your perfect Easter menu.

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Easter Dinner Ideas

Easter Dinner is a big deal. It’s one of the biggest holidays of the year, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a big feast! So start preparing for Easter Sunday now with some amazing recipes.

Much like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this holiday is a great time to gather friends and family around the table with LOTS of food. This feast often revolves around a ham or maybe lamb, along with many Easter side dishes. I always make sure there’s PLENTY of food on the table;  it’s not a holiday without leftovers!

I’ve gathered some of my favorite Easter Dinner recipes to share with you. Whether you want to stick to a super traditional Easter dinner, or mix things up with something different, you will surely find something here to try out.

Here are 45 Easter Dinner Ideas to add to your menu this Easter Sunday!

Easter Dinner Ideas: Instant Pot Honey Baked Ham

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Easter Dinner FAQ

What can I make for Easter Dinner besides ham?

While ham is a more traditional option for Easter Dinner here in America, there are plenty of other main courses you could serve.

Rack of lamb or lamb chops are a great option for Easter Sunday. You could also make a meal similar to Thanksgiving and serve turkey. But any delicious entree works; holidays should be about serving your favorite foods and creating your own traditions.

Serve pork, beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, even salmon…whatever works best for your family. A nice prime rib roast would look beautiful at the center of the table, but chicken breast or salmon is perfect for anyone that prefers to eat a lighter meat on the holidays.

What should I serve for Easter lunch?

I typically treat an Easter Sunday lunch the same as dinner. Serve a main course meat dish, and then make lots of Easter sides (veggies, salads, potatoes, etc) to fill in the feast.

If you’re celebrating early in the day, you could also turn the meal into an Easter Brunch and focus on breakfast foods instead.

What is a traditional Easter dinner menu?

A “traditional” Easter dinner here in the U.S. typically includes a ham as the center of the meal. Lamb is another popular choice. Overall, the meal features a meat dish with lots of side dishes to complement it. Spring veggies mean you can serve lots of fresh salads, roasted or grilled vegetables, and some healthier options alongside potatoes and other classic sides.

Ham, carrots, gratin or scalloped potatoes, salad, green beans, deviled eggs, and asparagus are all pretty common dishes to eat on Easter.

45 Easter Dinner Ideas

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Easter Dinner Ideas: Main Course

Whether you prefer to serve ham, lamb, pork, beef, or even salmon, one of these Easter dinner ideas will make the perfect main course.

Easter Dinner Ideas

Start your Easter menu with the perfect Easter Dinner Ideas!!
Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb Recipe with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb Recipe with Mint Yogurt Sauce

Roasted rack of lamb covered with a delicious herb crust mixture, and topped off with a Mint Yogurt Sauce.

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Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Easy Honey Baked Ham Recipe

Classic honey baked ham made in an instant pot!

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Best Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Best Prime Rib Roast Recipe

The most delicious prime rib roast recipe!

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Best Beef Tenderloin Roast

Best Beef Tenderloin Roast

Juicy and perfectly cooked beef tenderloin roast recipe.

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Sweet Tea Pork Tenderloin

Sweet Tea Pork Tenderloin

The best pork tenderloin recipe, made with a sweet tea brine and topped with a honey bourbon sauce.

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Oven Baked BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

Oven Baked BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe

Make this tasty brisket in the oven and cover it with the best homemade BBQ sauce!

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Apple Ginger Glazed Ham

Apple Ginger Glazed Ham

A simple ham recipe just perfect for Easter.

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Orange Cranberry Pork Loin Roast Recipe

Orange Cranberry Pork Loin Roast Recipe

A festive flavored pork loin recipe with orange and cranberry.

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Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

Instant Pot Turkey Breast Recipe

Make delicious turkey breast for Easter in an instant pot!

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Pecan Crusted Honey Bourbon Salmon

Pecan Crusted Honey Bourbon Salmon

Amazing salmon recipe covered in honey bourbon and topped with a pecan crust.

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Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham (Easy Easter Ham Recipe)

Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham (Easy Easter Ham Recipe)

This Brown Sugar Pineapple Ham is the perfect Easter Ham recipe! We made a delicious cola and brown sugar glaze for ham, and combined it with crushed pineapples.

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Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe (Best Baked Salmon Recipe!)

Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe (Best Baked Salmon Recipe!)

This Baked Pesto Salmon recipe is our favorite simple yet elegant seafood dinner. This Baked Salmon Recipe with Basil Walnut Pesto is bursting with flavor and good fat.

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Easter Side Dishes

A mix of vegetables, potatoes, and other favorite Easter sides will fill up the holiday table for the most delicious feast.

Best Easter Sides

Round out your Easter dinner with the best Easter side dishes!
Mediterranean Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Mediterranean Oven Roasted Asparagus Recipe

Roasted asparagus with sun dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and Parmesan.

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Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe Two Ways

Baked Mac and Cheese Recipe Two Ways

Macaroni and Cheese casserole made with two different flavors: Onion Bacon and Garlic Parmesan.

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White Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

White Beans with Tomatoes and Garlic

A mix of white beans with tomatoes and garlic makes a simple yet delicious dish.

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Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Cheesy Mashed Cauliflower Recipe

Creamy, buttery, cheesy mashed cauliflower.

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Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Savory Mashed Sweet Potatoes

These mashed sweet potatoes are the perfect balance of sweet and savory.

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon

Brussels Sprouts Gratin with Bacon

Brussels sprouts roasted with bacon and a cheesy layer on top.

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Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

Classic Green Bean Casserole Recipe

The perfect classic green bean casserole with a crunchy french onion topping.

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

Cheesy Potato Casserole

Hash brown casserole mixed with cheese and topped with a crunchy potato chip layer.

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Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe with Ginger

Honey Glazed Carrots Recipe with Ginger

Roasted carrots with a sweet honey glaze and a bit of ginger.

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Creamed Spinach Gratin

Creamed Spinach Gratin

Creamed spinach topped with a crispy bread crumb topping.

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Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Sauteed brussels sprouts with pears, blue cheese, and walnuts.

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Instant Pot Potato Salad with Dill Pickles

Instant Pot Potato Salad with Dill Pickles

Delicious potato salad made in an instant pot.

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Garlic Herb Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Garlic Herb Creamy Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped potatoes made with a creamy garlic herb sauce.

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Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Broccoli Cheese Rice Casserole

Broccoli, rice, and cheese baked together into a delicious casserole.

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Deviled Egg Recipe (Loaded Deviled Eggs!)

Deviled Egg Recipe (Loaded Deviled Eggs!)

Deviled eggs loaded with bacon, sour cream, cheese, and more.

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Pineapple Bread Pudding Recipe

Pineapple Bread Pudding Recipe

Sweet and tasty pineapple bread pudding.

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Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

Strawberry Avocado Pasta Salad Recipe

The perfect penne pasta salad mixed with strawberries, avocado, and poppyseed dressing.

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Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Make your mashed potatoes a day or more before the big feast to save on time.

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Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

Three Cheese Asparagus Gratin

Cheesy asparagus roasted to perfection!

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Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Topping

Sweet potato casserole with a crunchy pecan topping.

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Easter Salad Recipes

A salad or two will balance out your Easter menu. But these aren’t boring salads; these are flavorful recipes that will be devoured just as quickly as the rest of the food!

Easter Salads

Delicious and easy salad ideas for your Easter Sunday dinner.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

Shaved brussels sprouts mixed with toasted almonds, cheese, and honey lemon dijon vinaigrette.

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Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Creamy Cucumber Salad Recipe

Cucumber, green apple, and radish salad with a creamy dressing.

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Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing

Waldorf Salad Recipe with Poppyseed Dressing

Classic Waldorf Salad with grapes, apples, walnuts, and more covered in a poppyseed dressing.

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Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

Caesar salad made with kale, tomatoes, onions, and homemade croutons.

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Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Fresh salad made with strawberries and homemade poppy seed dressing.

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Caprese Farro Salad

Caprese Farro Salad

Fun salad side dish with farro, tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

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Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Mandarin Orange Salad Recipe

Simple side salad with mandarin oranges and croutons.

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Strawberry Bacon Salad with Honey Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry Bacon Salad with Honey Lime Balsamic Vinaigrette

A tasty salad made from a mix of strawberries, bacon, and a honey lime balsamic vinaigrette.

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Cranberry Almond Charred Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Cranberry Almond Charred Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Charred broccoli mixed with cranberries, almonds, and bacon.

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Peach Corn Tomato Salad with Spicy Honey Vinaigrette

Peach Corn Tomato Salad with Spicy Honey Vinaigrette

Fresh salad made with peach, tomatoes, onions, and a spicy vinaigrette.

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Easter Bread Ideas

Easter Dinner wouldn’t be complete without a bit of bread to serve along with all of the other dishes. Classic rolls or fresh rosemary bread fit perfectly with the rest of the meal.

Easter Bread Recipes

These bread and roll recipes are the perfect thing to finish off your Easter feast!
Hawaiian Rolls Recipe

Hawaiian Rolls Recipe

Simple Hawaiian Rolls recipe with homemade garlic butter.

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No Knead Dutch Oven Rosemary Bread

No Knead Dutch Oven Rosemary Bread

Make this easy rosemary bread in a dutch oven.

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Garlic Cheese Bread Roll Ups

Garlic Cheese Bread Roll Ups

Turn refrigerated bread dough into cheesy garlic rolls.

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Homemade Crescent Rolls Recipe

Homemade Crescent Rolls Recipe

The perfect hot and fresh homemade crescent rolls.

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Dinner Rolls from Scratch

Dinner Rolls from Scratch

Make these tasty dinner rolls from scratch!

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Start preparing your Easter Sunday feast now with these delicious Easter Dinner Ideas. And don’t forget the Easter Desserts for after!

 

 

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