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Favorite Easter Recipes

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An Easter feast with glazed ham, salmon, deviled eggs, asparagus, and carrot cake.

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Our Best Recipes for Easter Dinner and Easter Breads

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From deviled eggs to perfect Easter ham to gorgeous braided Easter breads, browse our favorite recipes for this all-important Christian feast day. Not only do we have Easter dinner covered but also we have some egg-cellent Easter brunch ideas if that’s more your speed. Think spring—starting with yellow eggs, orange carrots, light green peas and asparagus, and pretty pink rhubarb.

Easter 2022 will be celebrated on Sunday, April 17! From all of us here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we hope you are able to get together with your loved ones (if only virtually) and enjoy the holiday. See the meaning of Easter and why its date changes so dramatically each year.

Easter Appetizers

Start the meal off right! Here are two delicious appetizer options.

Classic Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a quick and easy appetizer that anyone can make—it’s as simple as boiling water! Plus, these savory treats are packed with protein and flavor.

Deviled EggsPhoto by Elena Shashkina/Shutterstock

Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

This prosciutto-asparagus recipe is always a hit. If you do have any left over, serve it chilled. 

Asparagus wrapped inb proscuittoPhoto by Ekaterina Smirnova/Shutterstock

Easter Soups

If you’d like to serve soup, choose a recipe which highlights the flavor of early spring vegetables—in this case, green pea and pink radish.

Cream of Green Pea Soup

Even when made with frozen peas, this soup has fresh-from-the-garden flavor. Of course, fresh peas will also work nicely, if you’re lucky enough to have some.

Gren pea soupPhoto by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Red Radish Soup

Unpeeled red radishes are cooked and then puréed to create a creamy soup with a delicate pink blush. 

Red radish soupPhoto by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Easter Salads

In our opinion, a good salad has a balance of different textures and flavors. Here are two options:

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

Not your usual spinach salad, but a winning combination of strawberries and spinach tossed with a crunchy sweet-sour poppy-seed dressing.

Spinach and strawberry saladPhoto by Oleksandra Naumenko/Shutterstock

Pea, Lemon, and Asparagus Salad Starter 

A refreshing and nutritious salad of spring vegetables that will impress your guests time and again.

Lemon asparagus saladPhoto by Sam Jones/Quinn Breinn

Easter Main Dishes

We enjoy the traditional Easter ham but here are two other options for a special feast. 

Nanna’s Baked Ham

This is a wonderful baked ham recipe with a flavorful glossy glaze—so it’s moist with a sweet and spicy taste. (Cloves are optional.)

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Grilled Salmon With Maple Mustard Glaze

The fragrance of sweet maple, tangy mustard, and lively ginger comes together for a flavorful dish.

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Leg of Lamb Roasted With White Wine and Herbs

This wonderful way to prepare Easter lamb for a special occasion. Note that you’ll need to marinate for a few hours or overnight.

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Easter Side Dish Options

Carrot Puff

No Easter rabbits allowed! Everyone loves this carrot souffle (even folks who don’t eat carrots!). It’s sweet, silky, light, and colorful.

Carrot puff or souffle

“Light” Green Bean Casserole

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Scalloped Potatoes (Great with ham!)

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Oranges

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Easter Breads

Hot Cross Buns (a Good Friday tradition)

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Italian Easter Bread (a sweet bread)

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Lambropsomo (Greek Easter Bread)

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Easter Desserts

The only thing better than Easter dinner is the dessert that comes after it! Here are three of our favorites. Find all of our divine Easter dessert recipes on Almanac.com!

Lemon Meringue Pie

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Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

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Easter Brunch Recipes

Eggs are a symbol of fertility and spring renewal across many cultures. Here are a few egg-cellent Easter brunch ideas.

Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus frittataPhoto credit: zi3000/Shutterstock

Lemon Souffle Pancakes

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Broccoli and Cheddar Strata

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Glazed Lemon-Coconut Loaf

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Dyeing Easter Eggs

To make easy (and edible) Easter decorations, consider dyeing eggs with ingredients from the pantry!

Dyed eggs

If you make any of these Easter recipes, let us know how they turn out! Happy Easter!

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