Our Favorite, Festive Easter Recipes

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Our Best Recipes for Easter Dinner, Easter Breakfast, Easter Breads, and more!

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What should you make for Easter dinner? From deviled eggs and a perfect Easter ham to delicious lamb and gorgeous braided Easter breads, browse our favorite recipes for this all-important Christian feast day. Think spring color—starting with yellow eggs, orange carrots, light green peas and asparagus, and pretty pink rhubarb.

Easter 2024 will be celebrated on Sunday, March 31! From all of us here at The Old Farmer’s Almanac, we hope you are able to get together with your loved ones and enjoy the holiday. See the meaning of Easter and why its date changes so dramatically each year. Here’s hoping your Easter eggs are everything they’re cracked up to be!

Easy 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 Eggs
Photo 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 proscuitto
Photo by Ekaterina Smirnova/Shutterstock

Delicious Easter Soups

If you’d like to serve soup, choose a recipe that 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 a fresh-from-the-garden flavor. Of course, fresh peas will also work nicely, if you’re lucky enough to have some.

Gren pea soup
Photo 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 soup
Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Fresh Easter Salads

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

Spinach-Strawberry Salad

It is 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 salad
Photo 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 salad
Photo by Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Easter Main Dishes

We enjoy the traditional Easter ham, but here are more 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.)


Leg of Lamb Roasted With White Wine and Herbs

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


Fun Easter Side Dish Options

Carrot Puff

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

Carrot puff or souffle

“Light” Green Bean Casserole


Scalloped Potatoes (Great with ham!)


Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Sweet Oranges


Easter Breads

Hot Cross Buns (a Good Friday tradition)


Italian Easter Bread (a sweet bread)


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


Carrot Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting


Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Photo by Africa Studio/shutterstock

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 frittata
Photo credit: zi3000/Shutterstock

Lemon Soufflé Pancakes


Broccoli and Cheddar Strata


Glazed Lemon-Coconut Loaf


Dyeing Easter Eggs

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

Dyed eggs

What do you traditionally make for Easter? If you make any of these Easter recipes, let us know how they turn out! Happy Easter!

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Sarah Perreault

Managing editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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