25 Easter Sides Dishes That'll Upstage the Ham

Proof that little things make a big difference.

easter side dishes
Mike Garten/ Harvest and Honey

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.)

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green goddess carrot salad
Mike Garten
Green Goddess Carrot Salad

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.

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Lemony Asparagus, Beans and Peas
Yossy Arefi
Lemony Asparagus, Beans, and Peas

The gang's all here. Toss this winning trio of greens with a sweet and tangy dressing for a flavorful vegetable dish.

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Mike Garten
Scalloped Hasselback Potatoes with Cheddar Cheese

If you've seen a prettier side dish, we'd like to hear about it.

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sweet parker house rolls
Chris Court
Sweet Parker House Rolls

Sweeten up a batch of classic dinner rolls by adding a spoonful (or two) of fresh maple syrup.

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sweet pea and ricotta tart
Mike Garten
Sweet Pea and Ricotta Tart

This veggie and cheese tart will hold you over until it's time for pie.

What you'll need: pie plate ($9, )

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crispy beet and mozzarella salad
Mike Garten
Crispy Beet and Mozzarella Salad

Roasted beets freshen up this cucumber and arugula salad. But let's face it, the mozzarella is the real star of the show.

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spicy sesame sugar snaps
Mike Garten
Spicy Sesame Sugar Snaps

This snap pea side, complete with red chiles, will wake your tastebuds up in time for dessert (the real MVP of Easter).

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broccoli pineapple salad
Courtesy of Plain Chicken
Broccoli Pineapple Salad

Throw together a medley of colorful fruits and veggies to make this creamy salad.

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Butter-Glazed Rainbow Carrots
Mike Garten
Butter-Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Why have one color when you can have them all? This bright side dish will add color — and flavor — to your Easter spread.

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Mike Garten
Nutty Green Beans and Asparagus with Bacon

This handy side dish covers all the bases with tangy lemon zest, sweet pecans, smoky bacon, tender asparagus, and green beans.

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Brian Woodcock
Ham and Leek Baked Gnocchi

Bake traditional Easter ham into gnocchi for a decadent pasta side.

What you'll need: ramekins ($24 for six, )

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wildflower and arugala salad with orange blossom vinaigrette
Courtesy of Harvest and Honey
Wildflower and Arugula Salad with Orange Blossom Vinaigrette

This salad looks too good to be true — but heads up, it isn't.

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Con Poulos
Maple-Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino Cheese and Almonds

Crumbled bacon bits and sharp Pecorino cheese upgrade a classic Brussels sprouts side.

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Andrew Purcell
Moroccan Carrot Soup

A drizzle of yogurt gives this carrot-purée soup a bit of creaminess.

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Cookie and Kate
Colorful Beet Salad with Carrot, Quinoa and Spinach

Skip the romaine and opt for a superfoods salad, complete with quinoa, beets, and spinach.

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crispy garlic smashed baby potatoes
Courtesy of Yay! For Food
Crispy Garlic Smashed Baby Potaotes

Skip the butter this time around — these garlicky, herbed potatoes are chock-full of natural flavor.

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How Sweet Eats
Rosemary Chicken, Bacon and Avocado Salad

Sometimes, the heartier the salad, the better. Complete with avocado and rosemary-roasted chicken, this just might be the ultimate side.

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My Darling Lemon Thyme
Chilled Pea, Avocado and Mint Soup

Add creaminess to this vegan carrot and avocado purée with rich coconut milk.

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Creamed Corn Casserole

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.

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Life in the Lofthouse
Garlic Roasted Carrots

There's a reason why classics are classics — like these buttery garlicky carrots, which will be gone by mid-meal.

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Drool Worthy
Grilled Peach and Sweet Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Topped with gorgonzola and pistachios, this pretty salad, complete with charred grilled peaches, makes the perfect first course.

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Gimme Some Oven
Kale Caesar Salad with Lime

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.

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Courtesy of PBS
No-Mayo Slaw

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).

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Plated Cravings
Maple-Glazed Rainbow Carrots

Bring the drama with colorful carrots drizzled in a gooey maple glaze.

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Roasted Broccoli with Buttery Breadcrumbs

Thanks to panko bread crumbs and hollandaise sauce, broccoli has never been better.

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