A collection of ideas for a vegetarian Easter dinner, or any time of year. This collection of dinner ideas is full of vegetarian recipes for bread, sides, main course, along with dessert and a cocktail to serve.
Check these additional ideas for an Easter brunch, which includes tips for hosting a brunch.
The traditional Easter dinner I grew up on featured a ham, basted with some kind of maple-mustard sauce my mom concocted. Maybe you did too. It was fine, but what if you really want a vegetarian Easter this year? And not just the side dishes.
I've got you covered.
I've pulled together some ideas ranging from bread to sides and main dishes. All are vegetarian, some are vegan. And it starts with a perfect cocktail for spring.
C O C K T A I L
Sgroppino is a 3-ingredient Italian cocktail recipe that's both a dessert and cocktail. Think of it as a Prosecco slushie with lemon sorbet and a little vodka. Serve it in champagne flutes or other pretty glassware with a mint leaf.
B R E A D
Hot Cross Buns
OK, this is technically a traditional bread for Good Friday. It's a yeasted bread, so time needs to be budgeted to allow the dough to rise. But these sweet buns are so worth it. They're flavored with dried fruits and spices, and then finished with a piped cross on top before serving.
S I D E S
Potatoes Au Gratin
This is more of a poblano potatoes au gratin recipe which switches up the classic potato gratin by adding roasted poblano peppers. Thinly sliced potatoes are layered with cheese and peppers making this a really special casserole. The post includes tips for choosing the best kind of potato, cheeses, and how to make your au gratin creamy.
Roasted Asparagus Gribiche
Roast, grill or air fry asparagus, and make this asparagus gribiche for a fabulous, crowd-pleaser side dish for dinner or for a brunch. Gribiche is kind of like egg salad made into a sauce, French style, with hard boiled eggs, capers, parsley and thyme.
Herby Peas and Crispy Green Rice
This crispy, herby rice salad is tossed with sugar snap peas, raisins and fresh herbs, making it green. This salad uses parsley, cilantro, dill and mint, but feel free to use herbs you have on hand. Just make sure you use a lot of herbs - this rice salad is as much about the crispy rice as it is about the herbs.
M A I N S
Baked Artichoke Risotto
I created this creamy artichoke risotto casserole for the Food Network blog a few years ago when asked to create some comfort food recipes for them. It's loaded with artichokes and radicchio, and topped with lemon-caper breadcrumbs.
Best of all, it's baked in the oven, which reduces that all-hands-on-deck thing when making risotto.
Slow Cooker Risotto with Asparagus
This slow cooker risotto recipe is a perfect way to make a super-creamy risotto while you go about your own life. And it's ideal for spring, since it adds asparagus.
Asparagus Carbonara with Horseradish Breadcrumbs
This asparagus carbonara shows how easy it is to make a classic carbonara without bacon. Instructions for horseradish breadcrumbs are included!
Cheese Tortellini with Fava Beans and Herbed Ricotta Cheese
This warm dish starts with cheese tortellini tossed with herbed ricotta, tops it with sautéed tomatoes and scallions, and fava beans. If you can't find fava beans in your market yet, the post includes substitutions you can use. Or use green beans, sliced into bite size pieces.
Barley Pilaf with Artichokes Peas and Mint Pesto
This is a vegan barley pilaf tossed with artichoke hearts, tomatoes, green peas and a mint pesto. It's filling, absolutely delicious, and ready in about 30 minutes.
Potato Asparagus Salad with Lentils and Lemon Vinaigrette
A spring vegan potato asparagus salad, hearty enough for a meal, loaded with asparagus, potatoes, lentils, radishes, sugar snap peas, and mint - all dressed with a bright lemon vinaigrette. Serve as a warm main dish or at room temp.
D E S S E R T
Farmhouse Strawberry Yogurt Cake
This is a simple lemony, strawberry yogurt cake baked with strawberries that I bake every spring. Eat it plain, with vanilla ice cream, or topped with more strawberries and whipped cream.