16+ Recipes for Easter or Spring: Sides, Salads and Desserts

Find a round-up of 16+ recipes for Spring or Easter with make-ahead sides, salads and desserts.

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

Potluck Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad  A colorful and healthy salad that's a medley of sweet, tangy and crunchy, thanks to the creamy yogurt and vinegar dressing, dried cranberries and salted sunflower seeds!

Potluck Sweet and Crunchy Broccoli Salad

A colorful and healthy salad that’s a medley of sweet, tangy and crunchy, thanks to the creamy yogurt and vinegar dressing, dried cranberries and salted sunflower seeds!

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!

Roasted Carrot Hummus Dip! A healthy and delicious appetizer for spring or Easter that everybunny will love.

Roasted Carrot Hummus Dip

A healthy and delicious appetizer for spring or Easter that everybunny will love.

Bunny Chicken Salad Spread | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #dips #spreads #chickensalad #easter #spring #bunny

Bunny Chicken Salad Spread

Favorite party chicken salad spread molded into a bunny shape using a cake pan! Add a cucumber weave to form the basket. Serve with crackers and veggies of choice.

Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins! These deliciously moist muffins sneak in some veggies and are sure to please everybunny with the addition of apple and coconut!

Peter Rabbit’s Carrot Zucchini Muffins

These deliciously moist muffins sneak in some veggies and are sure to please everybunny with the addition of apple and coconut.

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! | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #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!

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  24 comments for “16+ Recipes for Easter or Spring: Sides, Salads and Desserts

  1. March 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Mary, you have such style! Everything here looks so delicious. The most head-turning for me is the recipe for potato salad deviled eggs. That combines two of my favorites, and I must make those! Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. Vicki
    March 27, 2021 at 12:01 pm

    Gorgeous recipes as always……thanks, Mary

  3. Elaine Birdsong
    March 27, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    I always loved to read about your projects, recipes
    and all the neat things you share.
    The Easter and Spring post really got me motivated to get ready for Spring.
    Elaine

  4. March 27, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I’ll take one of everything, Mary! You sure know how to garnish, embellish, and make everything look so delectable!

  5. Anna G
    March 27, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    A feast for the eyes Mary! Thank you for the delicious round up. Happy Easter🐇🌸🍽💕

  6. Tina
    March 27, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    I want an invitation to your house for Easter! Thanks for the recipes!

  7. March 27, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    Bunny bark and bunny tails are my favorite Mary! Wishing you a wonderful Easter Week-enjoy:@)

  8. Ann Woleben
    March 27, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    As always, you share amazingly good recipes and the ideas for presentation are equally good. Thank you!

  9. Jerrie Stanton
    March 27, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    Mary, Somehow I missed your Layered Spring Salad. I have fond memories of our church potlucks and those salads from the 70s. Love your cute little chick and bunny cheese embellishments. Thanks for sharing. Jerrie

  10. KathyP
    March 27, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Those Lemon Bars are calling my name! Happy Easter to you and your sweet pups. 🐾🐾🐇

  11. Lisa Caldwell
    March 27, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Thank you for another delicious round up. I’ve been wanting to try your sweet Easter Basket Cupcakes for a couple of years now.

  12. Clara
    March 27, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Mary, Your round up of recipes are a feast for the eyes and tummy! Thank you for sharing such colorful, delicious dishes. Enjoy your weekend. Clara ❤️

  13. Deb
    March 27, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Everything looks so yummy! The lemon bars are calling my name! Happy Easter!

    • Cyndi Raines
      March 27, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      Oh, YES! Yes, to all these delightful dishes! The strawberry and asparagus salad looks and sounds wonderful! Also, the pound cake with the lemon curd, pudding, whip cream and fruit is a must try this year for sure. All of the above would be awesome, I’m sure, your recipes never disappoint. Thanks Mary! 🐇🐑🌼🌸

  14. Stephanie Morrison
    March 27, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    The bunny baskets are adorable. My daughter and I will have fun making them!
    <3

  15. March 27, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    Mary, your round-up has so many wonderful ideas and recipes. I am planning my menu and may add a couple of your sides. Have a wonderful weekend!

  16. March 28, 2021 at 8:57 am

    So many adorable temptations, everything is too cute to eat! I love all your strawberry salads, strawberries are getting so tasty now, my mouth is watering. I haven’t had a poppy seed cake in forever, I want to make your Almond Poppy Seed Loaf for me and the Chocolate Chip Cookie Peeps Tart for the kids, thanks Mary!
    Jenna

  17. March 28, 2021 at 9:09 am

    I’m stretched so thin on free time with manic garden endeavors, what I wouldn’t give for some food pampering days of yesteryear! All so pretty and tasty, looking forward to being a lady of leisure in the kitchen again one year!

  18. Amy M
    March 28, 2021 at 9:29 am

    Oh I’m so hungry right now after looking at all your scrumptious recipes! Those Easter Basket Cupcakes are the cutest❣️🐰🐇🧁🐣

  19. Cathy S
    March 28, 2021 at 9:35 am

    Hi Mary, I’m trying to find your bunny molded chicken salad recipe you shared a while back. I don’t see it here, can you direct me? Beautiful photos and recipes as always, thanks in advance for your help.

  20. Barbara at Mantel and Table
    March 28, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Oh my gosh Mary – those all look so fabulous! I will actually go to a lot of trouble to avoid eating hard boiled eggs, but those little baskets are so darling that I might even have to make them myself! And of course your photography is stunning as always! Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration!

  21. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    March 28, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Wow, Easter has snuck up on me this year! There are snowflakes outside my window as I type this!

    I love visiting your site. You put such care into all that you do and it everything turns out so beautifully. Thank you sharing it all, Mary! You’ve given me some great ideas for our family Easter celebration.

    Happy Easter to your family, and special greetings to Lola and Sophie!

  22. March 28, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    All looking yummy!!

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