Easter Menu Ideas to Break Out of the Mold

It appears I’m not the only one who believes that the Easter menu is in need of an overhaul. Here in Austin, it will probably be somewhere between 80 and 90 on Easter Sunday. And what’s on the docket for the traditional Easter dinner? A heavy winter meal. Even up North, where winter is still going strong, Easter is a Spring holiday just the same, and how is that reflected in the likes of the lamb or ham and scalloped potatoes and various casseroles that end up on most of our tables?

The following menu feels like Easter to me. That is, colorful, celebratory, fun and life affirming rather than artery-clogging.  Despite the hungry, intergenerational mix that’s likely to be present at many Easter dinners, I believe this meal could appeal to a broad base — and even those who miss their ham, scalloped potatoes and green bean casserole will have to agree that the table is beautiful.

Spinach Cake

 

From David Liebowitz's fabulous blog, this grass green spinach cake adds a new dimension to the Easter table.
From David Lebovitz fabulous blog, this grass green and savory spinach cake adds a new dimension to the Easter table.

Baked Cherry Tomatoes

 

From The Perfect Pantry -- another of my favorite blogs -- cherry tomatoes all lined up and bursting with flavor.
From The Perfect Pantry — another of my favorite blogs — cherry tomatoes all lined up and bursting with flavor.

 

Chickpeas and Spinach with Honeyed Sweet Potatoes

 

Looking to rock your Easter table? Try Split Peas and Spinach with Honeyed Sweet Potatoes from "Eats Well with Others."
Looking to rock your Easter table? Try Split Peas and Spinach with Honeyed Sweet Potatoes from “Eats Well with Others.”

Cucumber Hummus and Feta Appetizer

 

Fresh Cucumber topped with Hummus, Feta and Parsley create a tasty and healthy starter.
Fresh Cucumber topped with Hummus, Feta and Parsley create a tasty and healthy starter.

Easter Egg Chicks

 

A single chick crafted from a hard boiled egg to decorate every place setting. made to look like a chicken
A single chick crafted from a hard boiled egg to decorate every place setting.

 

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

 

A festive and refreshing strawberry and spinach salad with red onions and feta.
A festive and refreshing strawberry and spinach salad with red onions and feta, tossed with an orange vinaigrette.

Gingered Carrots

 

Steamed carrots tossed with grated ginger and orange zest.
Steamed carrots tossed with grated ginger and orange zest.

 

 Penne and Cheese with Pureed Winter Squash

 

Pureed squash deepens the flavor of the cheese sauce while slashing fat and calories,
Pureed squash deepens the flavor of the cheese sauce while slashing fat and calories,

 

Salmon with Roasted Vegetables over Arugula

 

Elegant and easy salmon with roasted vegetables
A colorful and crowd-pleasing mix of salmon and vegetables

Lady Bird Johnson’s Lemon Bundt Cake

 

A delicious Easter dessert that doubles as a centerpiece!
A delicious Easter dessert that doubles as a centerpiece!

2 thoughts on “Easter Menu Ideas to Break Out of the Mold”

  1. For our Easter dinner, we had your spinach/strawberry salad, your ginger orange carrots and the lemon bundt cake. All three were a major hit and so pretty!

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