3 Hearty Easter Dinner Ideas that Your Family Will Love

Flexing your culinary skills is probably one of the most satisfying things that you can do and when it’s for your family, it’s all the better. 

Easter is one such occasion where you get the chance to go all out and experiment with iconic flavors to cook your loved ones a wholesome meal.

While the classic roast and pies are traditional recipes that many of us stick to, switching it up with something unique can make your celebrations truly memorable. With these hearty meals and delicious handmade Easter eggs, your family is sure to have an amazing day. 

So for Easter 2022, why not take charge and make something that will be loved by everyone in the family? 

Whether you are an old hat or a new chef in making, our Easter recipes can help you whip up an incredible Easter dinner for your family. Sit tight and read on to get inspired by the best Easter recipes for the upcoming celebration. 

Let’s get started! 

Asparagus Salad

To start on a light note, this asparagus salad recipe is a perfect side dish for any type of meat. It is loaded with parmesan cheese, and we recommend you use it as much as you want!

For this Easter recipe, all you have to do is use a bunch of asparagus, trimmed and shaved or thinly sliced – the choice is yours as to your preference.

Asparagus Salad

A great side dish for any meal
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Side Dish
Servings: 4
Calories: 206kcal

Ingredients

1 bunch asparagus

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/3 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

1 pinch salt

lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

parmesan cheese (optional)

    Instructions

    Break off or trim the woody ends from the asparagus and discard. Set the spears aside.

    Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the pine nuts, cranberries, and salt. Cook and stir until the pine nuts start to look translucent, about 5 to 6 minutes.

    Add the asparagus spears and cook, adding a little more olive oil if needed until stalks are bright green and tender, about 5 to 8 minutes.

    Serve on a platter with the cranberries and nuts spooned over the top of the asparagus. Top with a bit of lemon juice and parmesan cheese.

      This is a fresh, light, side dish and a perfect companion for your Easter dinner!

      Easter is a Busy Day

      While moms and dads are busy preparing the Easter meal, kids are burning off steam from the sunrise service at church in the backyard with a conventional egg hunt, or perhaps playing some outdoor games while mom and dad are busy with the meal. As a family, you may take in a local Easter parade, go to a local petting zoo to see some baby animals, attend an Easter Egg Roll, or play some Bunny Tag in the backyard. You may even wish to do something different like a daffodil hunt in your local park or quad biking in Leicester at Avalanche Adventure with your family. The point is, regardless of how you celebrate, it’s a pretty safe bet that your family is going to work up a huge appetite and these dishes will definitely deliver on flavor and satisfy those hunger pangs!

      Spring Pasta

      salmon pasta salad

      This is an absolute favorite of mine. This dish is a fresh take on normal pasta salad, featuring roasted salmon and English peas making it colorful and full of freshness.

      Preheat your oven and lightly grease your baking tray or use parchment paper. Place your salmon pieces on the tray and season with coriander, salt, and pepper. Roast them in the oven until the salmon is cooked to your preference or the ideal cooking time of 13 to 15 minutes.

      Cool the salmon completely and then flake it into large pieces. While your salmon is cooling, cook your pasta according to the package instructions. You can use whichever type of pasta you like best. Add the peas during the last minute of cooking. Be sure to reserve some of the pasta water for the sauce and drain the remaining water. Return the pasta to the pot.

      In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add onions, salt, and pepper. You can even add a splash of wine to the mix and cook it into a syrup for approximately 3-4 minutes. Add the pasta and the reserved water and bring to a simmer.

      Remove the mixture from the heat and add an additional 2 tablespoons of butter and finish it by gently folding in your salmon and dill. An absolutely delicious spring salad to accompany your meal! You can get the recipe here.

      Deviled Eggs

      Easter just would not be complete without deviled eggs! My mother made simple deviled eggs (blended hardboiled egg yolks mixed with mayo, a bit of mustard, and then added back to the halved egg whites and topped with paprika) for my dad many times throughout the year – but especially during Easter with all those hardboiled eggs we needed to eat! This is a delicious, upscale version of the quick and simple deviled egg.

      deviled eggs with old bay shrimp
      Get the recipe here

      In about 30 minutes you will have another delish and truly easy deviled eggs dish to serve your family and friends and impress them with your skill!

      Summing Up

      Easter is just around the corner, and while you might have gotten your chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies ready, go all out this year with your meal prep. If your family usually goes out to celebrate, surprise them with a delicious ham and these amazing Easter dinner recipes above.

      Above all else, make sure to stress to your children the true meaning of Easter so that they can pass on the torch to future generations of your family traditions. Whether it is an Easter egg scavenger hunt, the religious meaning of the holiday, and what that is for you and your family. By doing family activities like quad biking, daffodil hunts, or egg rolls, build on the traditions you have and make new memories with your family.

      By involving them with these traditions, and even getting them to help with the cooking activities, it will be a way to plan the day that promises memories that will last a lifetime.

      Happy Easter!

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