Last Minute Easter Menu Additions: Sides, Salads & Desserts

Find a round-up of recipes for your Easter or Spring menu and celebration with make-ahead sides, salads and desserts.

 With Easter around the corner I’m sharing a round-up of recipes for your Easter or spring gathering. You’ll find sides, salads and desserts to serve a few or a crowd that can be made ahead or that use some short cuts!

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Two Easter Favorites: Potato Salad and Deviled Eggs in One Bite

 Potato Salad Deviled Eggs are a combination of two of our Easter menu favorites, deviled eggs and potato salad, a convenient and delicious version of a deviled egg, to go with your Easter ham! Use prepared potato salad from the deli for an easy short cut and garnish with bacon and chives.

Deviled Egg Baskets with Edible Flowers

 Deviled Egg Baskets are reminiscent of an Easter basket, garnished with flowering herbs and edible blossoms, topped with a chive basket handle! Ideal for a Derby party, garden club lunch, or bridal shower, and a pretty way to dress up your deviled eggs for your spring gathering or celebration!

Layered Spring Salad

 A make-ahead recipe and flavorful salad for your potluck or family gathering.

Asparagus Strawberry Salad with Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette

Asparagus and strawberries may seem like unlikely salad partners, but their flavors are married with a light and easy orange vinaigrette dressing, and topped with the sweet and salty combination of bacon and sugared pecans! You can prepare the components of the salad in advance and assemble right before serving. If you’re short on time, purchase candied pecans from the grocery store too!

Broccoli-Grape Pasta Salad

A make-ahead recipe and crowd-pleasing medley of sweet, tangy, crunchy and salty with the addition of toasted pecans and bacon. Perfect for serving along side your Easter ham or for a potluck!

Bunny Ears Salad

 Fun and easy for Easter with “bunny ears” hiding in the salad greens and easy recipe for Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette! Use ready-made palmiers as a short cut from the grocery store!

Cucumber and Strawberry Salad

A light and refreshing salad for the spring or summer. Garnish with edible flowers if desired.

Berrylicious Fruit Salad with Orange-Vanilla Syrup

 Perfect for a brunch, shower, or spring lunch! The orange-vanilla syrup is an easy and delicious addition to the fresh berries and fruit!

Berry {Quick & Easy} Layered Cake

Ideal for dessert emergencies or company! Use a store-bought cake (angel food or pound cake) cut in thirds and layer with berries, lemon curd, pudding, whipped cream or a combination.

Bunny Tail Bonbons, aka White Chocolate-Cheesecake Truffles

A make-ahead recipe for a sweet ending or Easter dessert. Serve these sweet confections in mini cupcake wrappers for a festive and tidy bite!

Almond and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

 Baked in a 8 x 4 loaf pan, so it’s a smaller size to enjoy but enough to satisfy your sweet tooth for brunch, tea or dessert!

Rosemary Lemon Bars

 Tart, sweet, buttery and savory, all in one luscious bite!

No-Bake Easter Bunny Bark

Assemble in less than 10 minutes for an easy no-bake treat to satisfy everybunny’s sweet tooth!

PEEPS Chocolate Chip Cookie Tart

Use chocolate chip refrigerated cookie dough for a quick and easy dessert with Easter PEEPS!

Mini Easter Basket Cakes

Festive to serve and easy to decorate, filling with colored coconut for “grass”, candy eggs, and a chocolate bunny or chick, just like an Easter basket! Use a short cut with ready-made shortcake dessert shells from the grocery store if you don’t have a pan or short on time.

Easter Basket Cupcakes

As fun to make as they are to eat! Use a favorite short cut and two-ingredient cupcake recipe for quick and easy baking!

An easy and deliciously moist, doctor-the-box recipe for carrot cake using a spice cake mix! Perfectly paired with homemade cream cheese frosting! | © #cake #recipes #easy

Doctoring the Box: Carrot Cake from Spice Cake Mix

An easy and deliciously moist, doctor-the-box recipe for carrot cake using a spice cake mix! Perfectly paired with homemade cream cheese frosting!

Lemon Peep-tinis

Wishing you a Happy Easter with all your Peeps!

Thank you for your visit!

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  43 comments for “Last Minute Easter Menu Additions: Sides, Salads & Desserts

  1. March 30, 2018 at 6:59 am

    Great quick and easy recipes for last minute treats. The way you put them together is so creative.

  2. Cyndi Raines
    March 30, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Mary, everything looks so delicious! I have done the lemonade with the peeps and they were fun to make and gave the table a sweet festive touch! The Almond poppysed bread and the Lemon rosemary bars are a must try for sure, with the Broccoli grape salad calling my name, but all the recipes look so good! Thank you for this delicious arsenal of recipes and hope you and your loved ones have a very blessed Easter!

  3. Janice Locke
    March 30, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Check this out for some *pretty* Easter dishes. 😔 Thinking the layered salad would be good!

    Sent from my iPad


  4. Maureen D. Eha
    March 30, 2018 at 8:04 am

    Thanks for all your great ideas, Mary! Everything looks delicious. I would have to adjust the recipes for sweets as I can’t have sugar, but the salads would work as is. Happy Easter to you and your family!

  5. RS
    March 30, 2018 at 8:07 am

    I happened to make the Layered Spring Salad for dinner last night. After seeing your post this morning I had salad for breakfast with hard boiled eggs and cofffee! I have tried several of your recipes and they are always a hit! The Rosemary Lemon bars are legendary. Thank you again for sharing your blog. Happy Easter.

  6. Catherine LUXEREAU
    March 30, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Bonjour Et merci pour toutes ces magnifiques idées….Tout ceci a l’air délicieux ! Je crois que je vais venir déjeuner chez vous pour Pâques ;-) Bravo et bon appétit …Joyeuses Pâques à vous

  7. March 30, 2018 at 8:23 am

    They all look so yummy

  8. March 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

    What a beautiful round-up, Mary! I will have a slice of almond poppy seed, please. Wishing you a joy-filled Easter weekend!

  9. March 30, 2018 at 8:58 am

    So much gorgeous food Mary, can we just come to your house? 🐰

  10. Alice
    March 30, 2018 at 9:19 am

    The orange infused salad dressing is going to be on my fruit salad this Easter. All of the recipes make my mouth water. The photography is beautiful.

  11. Rita C.
    March 30, 2018 at 9:24 am

    Mary, it’s always a pleasure to see your individual posts, but the compilations are the best go-tos! I hope you’ll share a few of your seasonal posts on the Spring & Easter Joy link party I’m co-hosting this weekend. It’s live now through April 2. Your posts are ALL share- and feature-worthy! Happy Easter, my friend.

  12. Camille morgan
    March 30, 2018 at 9:27 am

    All looks delicious and beautiful.
    Can’t wait to try some of these precious Easter basket cakes🐇🐣😍

  13. Marie in AZ
    March 30, 2018 at 9:32 am

    You never fail to inspire me with your gorgeous photos and wonderful recipes! I love your ideas for salads…Happy Easter!

  14. Franki
    March 30, 2018 at 9:36 am

    A friend just made the broccoli-grape salad and it was delish…everyone asked for the recipe!! franki

  15. March 30, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Lovely photos and wonderful recipe ideas! I was looking for a dressing for my Easter fruit salad…the orange-vanilla syrup sounds delicious! Thank you for your creative posts and wishing you a very joyous Easter week-end!

  16. Virginia
    March 30, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for the beautiful Easter and Spring desserts, I pinned the Bunny Bark and the Layered Cake. I am saving the Bunny Bark for next year as my grandchildren live across the country, it will definitely go in their Easter packages next spring. Your recipes are always the best, tasty and beautiful. Thanks so much Mary.

  17. Sharon Pace
    March 30, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    I love the look of the Layered Salad…but how do you serve it? There is no room in the bowl to mix or dip out.

    • March 30, 2018 at 5:26 pm

      Google 7 layer salads, they’re filled to the top and you scoop thru the layers to serve. You could always use a larger bowl or fill the bowl less full.

  18. March 30, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Yep, you know I could snarf down one (or two) of everything Mary! Especially if it’s followed by a Peep-Tini:@) Wishing you a wonderful Easter, give Gracie a big ole bunny hug for me:@)

  19. Marion
    March 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Mary everything looks delicious.
    Marion,Joan and Marilyn

  20. Laura T.
    March 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Everything looks so springy! Those deviled egg baskets are just too cute! I love them! Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas!

  21. March 30, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    I have been pinning away! I was looking for a vegetable recipe but love all the different salads too! Have a very happy Eater weekend, Mary!

  22. March 30, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    It all looks wonderful Mary. Beautiful post. Happy Easter.

  23. March 30, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Oh dearest Mary, you make everything look soooo amazingly beautiful! I could go for each and everything on here. I’ll be making more bunny bark tomorrow with two granddaughters. Happy Easter to you! ❤🐰💐🤗

  24. March 30, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    WOW!! I have some of these prepared already..all just look wonderful…I usually have a Dessert Palooza on Easter Sunday …it breaks my Lenten fast of no sweets…can’t wait!!! I did see some new ones to try!, thanks for sharing and HAPPY EASTER!!! 🐇💐🌷🌺

    P.S. How is the little doggie doing since the passing of her companion?? I think about her being lonely..

  25. Cheryl
    March 30, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    All the recipes look so pretty and delicious. Going to try the strawberry, blueberry, and grape salad for Easter.

  26. Teresa
    April 1, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Hi- I appreciate how you always add those creative artistic touches to all of your vignettes. Thank you for sharing your amazing talents.
    I always look forward to reading your blog.

  27. April 3, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I tend to bookmark your amazing seasonal recipe collections…so off to my bookmark folder this goes!…You are a treasure!!!

  28. April 22, 2018 at 9:10 am

    Always, ALWAYS a feast for the eyes!

  29. April 11, 2019 at 8:40 am

    A Spring quiche garnished with flowers. Thank you for your lovely Easter post! Loved all the colors, bunnies, flowers and lovely pics! Happy Easter!

  30. April 11, 2019 at 8:50 am

    How stunning is your Easter post! It is a keeper. Easter is my favorite time to decorate when everything is starting to bloom and you realize warm days are coming. Very popular since I live in Chicago. Each year I make a very simple dessert that starts with hollow chocolate eggs, top taken off, filled with white cheesecake with center spooned out and added passion fruit curd. These are put in egg cups and they almost look like real eggs. After a big Easter spread everyone seems to like just a little dessert and these look cute and taste great.

  31. Mary
    April 14, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Do Peeptinis count?

  32. Jane
    February 26, 2020 at 8:56 am

    Good morning!
    Easter is my favorite holiday! And your displays are so beautiful and inviting.
    Your ideas are endless!
    Hoping Spring gets here soon, as we’re having snow flurries this morning. Was hoping we were done with that mess.
    Have a wonderful day!

  33. sprinkles74
    March 7, 2020 at 8:21 am

    Mary, I like everything about your Spring Blog! “Home Is Where The Boat Is,” where love and integrity is found year long! You are truly an inspiration to me. My favorite desserts for Spring and Easter are made with lemon; Lemon Bars and Lemon Lush, top the list!! Wishing you and your family a beautiful and blessed Easter. 💐🐇

  34. Nancy
    April 10, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Beautiful and tasty looking receipts! Could you tell me who made the white bunny deviled egg dish. So cute!

  35. Melody Reed
    March 22, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Making my grandkiddos Easter cones with goodies and the Chocolate bunny bark. Love love love your photos and creativity…so inspiring!

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