Skip to main content

Tasty Easter side dishes to bring to the table that will get the kids excited

Dish out these delish Easter sides this spring! Even the kids will like them

Not everyone is a fan of ham, which is what makes Easter side dishes a big part of any holiday dinner this spring. Like Thanksgiving, Easter sides are usually the most sought-after dishes on the table. Unlike Turkey Day though, side dishes for Easter Sunday aren’t always traditional like cranberry stuffing or a green bean casserole.

It’s spring, which means Easter sides can go in a lot of different directions. It’s also important to have some Easter sides the kiddos won’t turn their nose up at. So, what side dishes do you need to have on your table this Easter? Let’s hop into the kitchen.

Table set for Easter
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Delicious Easter side dishes

Many guests at your Easter table this spring will load up on the sides. That doesn’t mean the protein doesn’t get attention. Sometimes, people tend to enjoy Easter side dishes a little more than the main event. Kids especially will look for friendly Easter sides on the table. Here are five side dishes for Easter that are hoppingly delish.

Herb-buttered baby carrots

It is Easter; so you have to have carrots. Carrots are also a kid-friendly vegetable. This herb-buttered carrot recipe from a Taste of Home will most certainly be a hit at your Easter table. It’s also a simple side dish to make. If you know there are picky eaters on the guest list, have a bowl of raw carrots for the kiddos and adults to munch on, too.

Make-ahead mac and cheese

Mac and cheese is a kid staple. Let’s face it. Adults love it, too. While mac and cheese can take center stage on any table, it makes for a tasty Easter side, too. It’s also a safe side dish that’s always a hit with kids. Peanut Blossum’s make-ahead mac and cheese is a perfect Easter side dish, whether you’re hosting or bringing something to someone else’s home. Like the name says, you can prepare it at home and warm it up when you reach your destination.

Bow tie and spinach salad recipe

Nothing says spring is here like a pasta salad. Pasta salads are a low-stress and easy Easter side dish to put together. A Taste of Home’s bow tie and spinach salad recipe only takes about 30 minutes to make. It’s a yummy and versatile addition to the holiday table. You can keep it vegetarian or add in grilled chicken for a twist.

Greek lemon potatoes

If you’re looking for a different potato side dish for Easter, try these Greek lemon potatoes from the Pioneer Woman. This recipe makes for a sensational side.

Cucumber salad

Salads are usually prominent at an Easter buffet. This cucumber salad is simple to make and complements any main course. It can easily become a spring and summer mainstay.

Other yummy Easter sides

Looking for other side dishes for Easter? Try these.

Easter is just around the corner. Whether you’re hosting or heading to someone else’s Easter table, be sure to have a side dish that hops. We’ve got an appetizing array of side dishes for Easter that even the big bunny himself will want on his plate.

Editors' Recommendations

Dawn Miller
Dawn Miller began her professional life as an elementary school teacher before returning to her first love, writing. In…
Kids of all ages can make these easy and delicious meals for Mom on Mother’s Day
Whip up these Mother's Day meals for a thoughtful and tasty gift for Mom
Yummy Mother's Day pancakes on a tray spelling Mom

Mother's Day has a long history, and celebrating moms on the second Sunday in May is a spring tradition. Many kids typically honor their moms and all the wonderful things they do with flowers or brunch out. If you're looking for different Mother's Day gift ideas, why make Mom a special meal?

Mother's Day meals can be a wonderful way to show Mom how much you appreciate her. Cooking her a delicious meal on Mother's Day makes for a gift that comes straight from the heart. It's also a Mother's Day gift idea the whole family can create together.

Read more
These are the best cities for kid-friendly vacations
Highest ranking cities for the best family vacations
Excited family boarding an airplane for family reunion

Planning a vacation for your family is stressful, which is ironic since vacations are supposed to ease your stress, not cause more of it! But, we all know that booking something the entire family is going to love is no easy feat and often results in you needing a vacation from your vacation.

But if the pandemic has taught us anything, it's how important it is to take that time as a family to enjoy each other's company outside of the normal stresses of everyday life. If you need a little help deciding where to go for vacation this year, Lawn Love has come up with a list of the best cities for kid-friendly vacations that's sure to inspire your family travel plans.
Lawn Love looked at "publicly available data" around different factors when creating this ranking. When examining 200 of the biggest cities in the U.S., it created the following six categories to help make its rankings include staying, eating, having fun, getting around, affordability, and safety. These categories were assigned a weighted score, and the totals were averaged for the final ranking to come up with the best family vacation ideas.

Read more
Easy Easter desserts kids will hop over
Whip up these easy Easter desserts in no time
Table full of Easter desserts

The Easter Bunny will soon be hopping down the bunny trail with treats in tow. Sure, those Easter baskets will be filled with chocolates, but it's Easter desserts that the kiddos get hopping over. Let's face it. It's not just the kids who love the Easter dessert table. Whether you're hosting or attending an Easter gathering, bringing a deliciously adorable dessert is always a win.

Now you don't have to be Martha Stewart to make an Easter dessert that hops. There are plenty of easy Easter desserts that don't take a lot of time to make. Let these ideas inspire you.
Easter dessert ideas
You won't spend a lot of time in the kitchen whipping up these simple-to-make Easter desserts. The results will still be cute, and of course, yummy.
Peep cupcakes
Many people have a love-hate relationship with marshmallow Peeps. The truth is; those sticky sweet Peeps make for an extremely simple Easter dessert. All you need is your favorite boxed cake mix and icing along with a package of Peeps. Dress up your cupcakes by using Easter-inspired wrappers. To make, just follow the package directions for two dozen cupcakes. Icing can be chocolate, but an Easter pastel, like yellow, is always a nice touch. With a container of vanilla icing and food coloring, you can make yellow, orange, or green icing. Apply a healthy coating of icing and top with a Peep.
Peep cake
Another super simple Easter dessert is a Peep-inspired cake. Using a boxed cake mix, make a round or a rectangle cake. Once it cools, apply a liberal amount of icing. Easter colors make for a fun seasonal icing and all you need is food coloring to create a bright color. Along the sides of the cake, place Peeps to make a border. Be sure the Peep is facing outward. Then top off the cake with a layer of rainbow sprinkles.
Easter Bunny cupcakes
If you're looking to make an easy Easter dessert from scratch, try this tasty recipe from Desserts on a Dime. These Easter Bunny cupcakes are super cute and are stress-free to make.
Carrot cake mix cookies
Carrot cake is an Easter staple, but if you don't have time to make one, try these carrot cake mix cookies from Desserts on a Dime. All you need is a box of carrot cake mix and a few other simple ingredients. The cream cheese icing really makes this delish Easter dessert a must-make treat.
No-bake mini egg Easter nests
Rice Krispies Treats are always a hit with kids. If you're looking for a no-bake Easter dessert, these no-bake mini egg Easter nests from Sugar Spice and Glitter are a perfect pick. The mini nest Rice Krispies Treats need to sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
Bunny tails
For a fun recipe you and the kiddos can make for Easter, try these coconut chocolate bunny tails from Kids Activities. Leave the nuts out of the recipe if there are any allergies.

Read more