Whether you’re in charge of the Easter dinner menu or have been tasked with bringing a meal-worthy dish to this year’s feast, we’ve got you covered with these mouthwatering Easter dinner recipes. From a whole-roasted chicken to a stunning seasonal vegetarian pasta, guests will soon be requesting seconds (and the recipe).
Crown Roast of Lamb
If this main doesn’t spell holiday centrepiece, we’re not sure which dish will. Flavoured with garlic, fresh herbs, sherry vinegar and Dijon, the lamb is seasoned to perfection.
Key Lime Lamb Chops with Glazed Carrots
Who says key lime should be reserved for pie? Not us (though we still encourage you make it for dessert). This creative lamb dish is seasoned in the zesty juice, and served with steamed carrots.
Anna Olson’s Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken
Count on Anna to create a roasted chicken recipe that’s a staple no matter the occasion. Garnished with onion, lemons, garlic and rosemary, then seasoned with a simple vinaigrette instead of gravy, this main event is worth the wait.
Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken
If you considered making risotto, but are daunted by the stirring process, we have a just-as-tasty and twice as easy alternative: orzo pasta. This dish dresses the grain in Greek yogurt, lemon juice and crumbled goat cheese. Don’t forget the chicken thighs to make it a meal!
Halibut with Brown Butter, Crushed Chickpeas and Roasted Carrots
If the recipe name alone doesn’t convince you to make this seafood-forward dish, the crushed chickpea component (a creative and healthier take on mashed potatoes) absolutely will.
Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde
Another delicious way to serve fish, this grilled salmon dish is seasoned with a tangy-meets-sweet salsa containing oranges, lemon, fresh herbs and capers.
Asparagus, Snap Peas & Chive Blossom Pasta
Head to your local farmers’ market and celebrate seasonal produce (read: asparagus, snap peas, radishes, chives and lemon) with this delicious rainbow-bright vegetarian pasta. Not only will it look gorgeous on your table, it’s also good for you, with half the dish made up of veggies.
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Cauliflower Steaks with Lemon Salsa Verde
With a vegetable as popular and versatile as cauliflower, it deserves to star as a main. Here’s how: roast large slices in the oven, and serve on a flavourful purée with a zesty salsa verde. Your vegan and dairy-free guests will thank you!
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Spring Vegetable Panzanella
For a satisfying, seasonal salad to accompany your main, opt for this easy and elegant option, starring pumpernickel bread, grilled scallions, asparagus, fava beans, radishes and pea shoots.
Turkey and Artichoke Stuffed Shells with Arrabbiata Sauce
You’ll love these stuffed pasta shells, and better yet, so will your guests! Containing ground turkey, artichokes and ricotta cheese, along with a homemade arrabbiata sauce, it’s a hearty dinner option that’ll please picky eaters.
Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
For an even easier pasta dish, look to Giada’s fusilli recipe, which can be made in less than 40 minutes. Featuring seasonal artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, Italian sausage and Parmesan, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Mushroom Barley and Roasted Asparagus Salad
Serve this seasonal asparagus dish as a vegetarian main, or as a heartier side dish. Bonus: it’ll look gorgeous on your Easter table.
New Potato Skillet with Baked Eggs
This colourful one-pan dish, chock-full of potatoes, bacon, spinach and herbs, gives roasted potatoes a sunny upgrade. The baked eggs are optional (but totally recommended).
Giada's Quinoa Pilaf
Meet your new favourite side dish, ideal for any occasion. The quinoa soaks up tons of flavour thanks to white wine and broth, as well as an array of veggies. Slivered almonds add crunch, while fresh mint and lemon zest turn up the flavour further.
Savoury Quinoa Stuffing with Vegan Gravy
Vegans typically get snubbed when it comes to indulging in stuffing. Well, not this year! This healthier plant-based version is just as satisfying as its traditional counterpart thanks to ingredients like vegan sausage, garlic, leek and fresh sage. Not to mention the vegan gravy!
Slow-Cooker Scalloped Potatoes
No Easter dinner is complete without a healthy helping of creamy, cheesy scalloped potatoes. This slow-cooker version makes it all the easier to execute.
Leek, Pea and Egg Galette
Just as pretty as it is palatable, this gorgeous galette celebrates the season’s bounty. Though it looks mighty impressive, the no-fuss pastry is easier to make than you think.
Asparagus and Lemony Ricotta Galette
Another gorgeous spring galette option featuring the same pastry recipe as the previous slide. This one is dressed up with asparagus, ricotta and lemon zest, and is finished with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Chèvre and Walnut Tartlets
For a unique Easter dinner offering, serve these heavenly puff pastry tartlets, each one delicately topped with chèvre, toasted walnuts and figs.
Eggplant and Asparagus Napoleons
For a show-stopping side dish, try your hand at these popular eggplant napoleons, starring seasonal asparagus and basil, along with ricotta cheese. Tasty, easy and eye-catching.
Stuffed Mushroom Caps
For a satiating main your veg-inclined guests will devour, whip up these flavourful mushroom caps, stuffed with breadcrumbs, chèvre and fresh herbs. We recommend making an extra batch, just in case.
Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes
For the ultimate sugary-sweet side dish, make these twice-baked sweet potatoes, topped with a crust of brown sugar, chopped pecans, nutmeg and cinnamon. They’re so good, you’ll be tempted to sneak another for dessert.