Lovely Easter side dishes.

Rob and I typically celebrate Easter just the two of us with a simple meal of seasonal foods, perhaps centered on a roast spring chicken or grilled salmon filet. With such an uncomplicated main dish, I like to prepare side dishes or salads that are a little dressier, and still perfectly seasonal.

Here are a few recipe ideas for Easter brunch or dinner:

salad of roasted sugar snap peas and shallots—Ditch the lettuce for a change and compose a salad of roasted seasonal vegetables with a light dressing.

arugula salad with cranberries and pistachios—Peppery arugula plays so nicely with sweet and salty add-ins like dried fruit and nuts. Other ideas: dried apricots, raisins, sunflower seeds.

spring arugula salad recipe #writes4food  sugar snap pea salad #writes4food

spaghetti squash with garlic and parmesan—Did you know that a full serving of spaghetti squash has just about 45 calories? Here’s the best way to cook spaghetti squash; toss it with sautéed garlic and Parmesan cheese for a light side dish.

zucchini ribbon salad—You’ll find good-quality zucchini in the grocery at this time of year. This beautiful salad recipe is delicious and healthful.

best way to cook spaghetti squash #writes4food  zucchini ribbon salad #writes4food

almond-oat buttermilk scones—For an Easter brunch, you’ll want a yummy baked good that’s not too heavy or sweet. This buttermilk scone recipe with almonds and oats fits that bill perfectly.

toasted pecan granola—Another brunch idea: Set out a bowl of fresh berries, some plain nonfat Greek yogurt and let your family scoop on some homemade granola.

almond buttermilk scone recipe #writes4food  toasted pecan granola recipe #writes4food

One thought on “Lovely Easter side dishes.

  1. I may have to just try the spaghetti squash. I tried spaghetti squash before with another recipe but didn’t like it. Sometimes it’s just the recipe so I will give it another go. Thanks for the recipes!