Deciding what to serve your friends and family for Easter Sunday can be a daunting task, especially if you’re hosting health-conscious guests or individuals with dietary restrictions. We’ve created the following framework to help you build a well-rounded, healthy Easter dinner menu including a couple nutritious recipes that all of your guests will love this holiday. Serving brunch instead of dinner this year? Check out our Easter brunch menu ideas.
Master a Main
Whether you choose a traditional ham or decide to go with lamb or a roast chicken, select a main dish first and build the remainder of your menu around this flavor.
Select a Starch
Next pick a starch (think potatoes or grains). We’ve picked one of each below to get your creative juices flowing.
- Hasselback Russet Potatoes by Eat Chic Chicago: Adapt this recipe for smaller spring potatoes for a visually-appealing, accordion-sliced side dish.
- Rye Poppy Seed Dinner Rolls by Eat Chic Chicago: There is nothing like the smell of freshly-baked bread to fill your house this Sunday. These rolls are incredibly simple and feature fiber-rich spelt and dark rye flours.
Vote for Veggies
With so many delicious spring veggies on the market, there’s no reason to skip this nutritious part of the menu! While you can choose either a cold or warm veggie side dish, this is not a salad. To optimize the nutrition in your Easter menu, you’ll want both.
- Beet Cucumber and Radish with Basil Pesto by Little Broken: The bold color of the beet shares its hues with the other veggies to create a chilled bright and beautiful spring side dish.
- Honey Maple Roasted Carrots by The Café Sucre Farine: Because an Easter meal isn’t complete without a bunny’s favorite food! Transform carrots into a sweet, sticky and scrumptious side dish that won’t disappoint.
Settle on a Salad
Who doesn’t love a fresh, crunchy spring salad? Check out these two creative healthy options for your Easter menu.
Decide on a Dessert
Select a light and healthy dessert that isn’t too heavy to round-off the meal. We’ve provided options for both the chocolate lover and the fruit fanatic below!
- Chilled Chocolate Hazelnut Torte by Oh She Glows: Creamy and fudgy, yet light and guilt-free. You can make this dessert ahead of time to help put your mind at ease on Easter Sunday.
- Strawberry Rhubarb Oatmeal Crumble by Eat Chic Chicago: The sweetness of strawberries and rhubarb pair perfectly with the crunchiness of oats and pine nuts in this fruity treat.
Choose a Cocktail
And finally, select a signature drink to serve your guests! While a pitcher of sparkling water with lemon, cucumber and mint will do, if additional celebration is in order, below are a few clever concoctions to consider.
- Blackberry Thyme Champagne Cocktail by Style me Pretty: Spruce up an ordinary glass of champagne with a blackberry simple syrup and a sprig of fresh thyme.
- Kumquat Sour by Two Tarts: For something a little more adventurous, try this citrus twist on a traditional whisky sour.
What are you serving your friends and family this Easter Sunday? Cheers to all things delicious and nutritious!
Looking for more recipes? Check out our Easter brunch menu ideas!