When it comes to food holidays, Easter is the first true sign of Spring to us – mostly because it’s a chance splurge on all the gorgeous Spring produce. Naturally, then, we’re suggesting you go wild with the veggies when creating your Easter feast menu. Whether you’re planning a brunch, dinner, or fancy-pants cocktail party, we’ve got a list of Easter recipes and DIY decorations that will have you celebrating in style.
Pretty Easy Recipe: Baked Eggs with Wilted Spinach and Salmon – A meal couldn’t get easier than baked eggs and what could be more perfect for an Easter brunch?
Asparagus and Tarragon Puff Pastry Tart – One of the most requested recipes on the site, this asparagus tart is a real standout with cheese, herbs, and crispy puff pastry.
Sorrel, Leak, Potato and Ricotta Flatbread – This spring pizza is great if you’re planning for a large crowd, but the sorrel puree would also be perfect spooned over poached eggs.
Easy Hot Cross Buns – It’s probably due to my insatiable love of panettone, but, if you ask me, Easter has got to have hot cross buns.
Appetizers and small bites:
Asparagus-Stuffed Deviled Eggs – Two of Aida’s favorite things – asparagus and eggs – in one inventive combination? Definitely making this year’s short list.
Roasted Carrot Soup – Soups are my go-to for meals that need advance planning, and this carrot soup is a great departure from all that asparagus.
Radishes with Herbed Cheese – It might be a gluten-free appetizer, but I’m pretty sure it’s the color that makes these radishes so difficult to resist.
Smashed Spring Pea Bruschetta with Watercress – These bruschette would give any spring gathering a much-needed dose of green eye-candy, wouldn’t you say?
Cumin Carrot Farro Risotto – I’ve been meaning to try out Aida’s recipe for this spring risotto since I first saw it – I think it’d be a great complement to a roast lamb.
Vegan Lemon and Asparagus Risotto – Another risotto, yes, but this one’s vegan. Don’t let that deter you because there’s no chance you’ll miss the cheese in this recipe.
Fava Bean and Spring Pea Panzanella with Herbs and Goat Cheese – It’s a salad with bread so what’s not to like, right? Ok, there’s also a bunch of gorgeous spring produce too.
7 Ways To Dress Up Asparagus – Simply roasting it is my favorite way to eat asparagus, but I’m loving this list of easy ways to dress things up – “French Mustard” and “Orange-Mint” are two standout ideas.
Roasted Radishes – We like to keep it simple around here, so these roasted radishes fit in perfectly with our philosophy!
Spring Root and Watercress Salad – Shaving beets is one of the prettiest ways to show them off. You could also leave off the ricotta salata for a great vegan side or main dish.
Lamb Chops with Green Harissa Sauce – I’m currently obsessed with this sauce – I say make it for Easter lamb then use it with everything else afterwards.
Rack of Lamb with Mint Salsa Verde – Alternatively, you could go with the traditional lamb + mint pairing – we like that Bon Appetit’s recipe peppers things up with a hint of cilantro.
Vegetarian Pot Pie – If this was the hearty centerpiece at Easter dinner, who would miss the meat, really?
Spring Green Pasta with Saffron Cream Sauce – Pasta for Easter because why not? Especially when it’s topped with a decadent saffron cream.
Easy Glazed Easter Ham – Making a “real” Easter ham (read: not the pre-sliced kind) is easier than you think, which means you can get a super-impressive dish on the table without a super-human effort.
Porchetta – The king of hams! If you were saving the attempt to make this for a special occasion, I’d say now is the time.
Baked Fish Fillets with Butter and Sherry – 5 ingredients quietly turn a simple fish dish into a buttery, boozy star.
Strawberry Rhubarb Compote – It’s the worst when you expend so much energy making all that savory food that you don’t have energy for dessert! So I’m thinking I’ll make this compote ahead of time to spoon over ice cream or shortcake (or probably store-bought poundcake).
Chocolate Almond Butter Eggs – If you hear “chocolate” whenever someone says the word “Easter,” then allow us to introduce you to these almond butter-filled eggs.
Easter Basket Cake – This might be the prettiest Easter cake ever, and since Aida’s Easter celebrations tend to merge with a bunch of April birthdays, this dessert does double-duty.
Lavender Bellini Cocktail – The smell of Easter is actually my favorite thing; so infusing drinks with lavender is right up my alley. Try this recipe for a chic and springy twist on the classic bellini.
Spring Revival Cocktail – Strawberry rhubarb gets the mixologist’s treatment with bitters, cointreau, and sparkling wine for a classy sweet-tart brunch drink.
Personalized Lemonade Station with Herbal Syrups – We love ideas to make non-alcoholic drinks feel special: HonestlyYUM has the perfect solution to jazz up party lemonade.
Decorations and inspiration:
There are lots of complicated and ornate ideas for Easter decorating floating around, but as you know we like to keep things simple around here. These are our fresh picks to pretty-up your home, without sending you into, ahem, cotton-tailspins.
Graphic Easter Eggs
Marbleized Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Flower Vases
Tulip Basket Centerpieces
How-to: egg flower vases in pretty pastels, here and here
Coffee Filter Garland
Grown-up Easter Basket
Color-dipped Pastel Marshmallows
…And as for all those leftover Peeps? We think s’mores are the best way to go!