When it comes to big holiday dinners, focus is often on the main dish — in Easter's case, the lamb or ham. But it's the sides where you can show some culinary creativity. Go traditional with glazed carrots or be bold with baked ham gnocchi. (Psst ... if you're feeling really ambitious, try baking one of these Easter desserts.)
Instead of eating a side of plain carrots, lay them on top of a bed of crunchy greens for a mix of flavors and texture.
The gang's all here. Toss this winning trio of greens with a sweet and tangy dressing for a flavorful vegetable dish.
If you've seen a prettier side dish, we'd like to hear about it.
Sweeten up a batch of classic dinner rolls by adding a spoonful (or two) of fresh maple syrup.
This veggie and cheese tart will hold you over until it's time for pie.
What you'll need: pie plate ($9, )
Roasted beets freshen up this cucumber and arugula salad. But let's face it, the mozzarella is the real star of the show.
This snap pea side, complete with red chiles, will wake your tastebuds up in time for dessert (the real MVP of Easter).
Throw together a medley of colorful fruits and veggies to make this creamy salad.
Why have one color when you can have them all? This bright side dish will add color — and flavor — to your Easter spread.
This handy side dish covers all the bases with tangy lemon zest, sweet pecans, smoky bacon, tender asparagus, and green beans.
Bake traditional Easter ham into gnocchi for a decadent pasta side.
What you'll need: ramekins ($24 for six, )
This salad looks too good to be true — but heads up, it isn't.
Crumbled bacon bits and sharp Pecorino cheese upgrade a classic Brussels sprouts side.
A drizzle of yogurt gives this carrot-purée soup a bit of creaminess.
Skip the romaine and opt for a superfoods salad, complete with quinoa, beets, and spinach.
Skip the butter this time around — these garlicky, herbed potatoes are chock-full of natural flavor.
Sometimes, the heartier the salad, the better. Complete with avocado and rosemary-roasted chicken, this just might be the ultimate side.
Add creaminess to this vegan carrot and avocado purée with rich coconut milk.
After the meal, we're pretty sure you'll find the majority of your relatives hunched over the leftover casserole with spoons in their hands.
There's a reason why classics are classics — like these buttery garlicky carrots, which will be gone by mid-meal.
Topped with gorgonzola and pistachios, this pretty salad, complete with charred grilled peaches, makes the perfect first course.
If sweet peaches aren't your thing, opt for a tangier side salad. A traditional caesar-style salad is elevated by fresh lime juice and french bread croutons.
Coleslaw is often a divisive side because of the mayo — you either love it or hate it, right? Keep the peace by removing it entirely (without sacrificing any flavor).
Bring the drama with colorful carrots drizzled in a gooey maple glaze.
Thanks to panko bread crumbs and hollandaise sauce, broccoli has never been better.