Healthy Easter Dinner Menu Ideas for When You're Not Sure What to Make

By: Megan O. Steintrager

Whether you want a traditional Easter dinner menu or you're accommodating special diets, we have your game plan for a healthy, delicious—and stress-free—holiday meal.

Pictured recipe: Deviled Eggs 3 Ways

Hosting a holiday meal is fun but can also be pretty stressful, what with the cleaning, cooking, decorating and potential for family drama. While we can't come over this Easter and hide eggs for you (or stop your uncle from making off-color remarks), we can help you make sure the food is great and that menu planning is a breeze.

Whether you want a traditional feast with ham and all the fixings, a vegan meal or a gluten-free feast, one of our six healthy Easter dinner menus is sure to fit the bill. Use a full menu or simply take inspiration for a few courses and slot in your own favorite healthy Easter recipes.

Traditional Easter Dinner Menu

Marmalade-Horseradish-Rosemary Glazed Ham Recipe

Pictured Recipe: Marmalade-Horseradish-Rosemary Glazed Ham

For our healthier take on the traditional Easter menu, we've paired rich mainstays like ham and scalloped potatoes with lightened-up sides, including simple lemon asparagus and maple-roasted carrots. For dessert, a classic coconut bunny cake gets a new angle—the rear end!

Easter Deviled Eggs
Marmalade-Horseradish-Rosemary Glazed Ham
Easy Scalloped Potatoes
Lemon Lovers' Asparagus
Maple Roasted Carrots
Bunny Butt Cake

Vegetarian Easter Dinner Menu

Asparagus Goat Cheese Souffles Recipe

Pictured Recipe: Asparagus Goat Cheese Soufflés

A vegetarian Easter menu doesn't have to be just a bunch of sides (not that there's anything wrong with sides). This Easter, serve your vegetarian guests a show-stopping soufflé featuring in-season asparagus. Spring ingredients, including artichokes, spinach, radishes and greens, are the stars of this whole menu, which would be great for any spring party.

Herbed Olives
Slow-Cooker Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Radish, Watercress & Arugula Salad with Feta Vinaigrette
Asparagus Goat Cheese Soufflés
Lemon Tart with Ginger-Oat Crust

Vegan Easter Dinner Menu

Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting Recipe

Pictured Recipe: Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Start your vegan Easter party with cocktails (or mocktails) and nibbles, including curried cashews, mushroom pâté and a party board with creamy lemon-cashew dip. Then sit down to tomato-artichoke gnocchi and top it all off with a dreamy vegan carrot cake. We're willing to bet nobody will miss the dairy in this moist cake topped with coconut cream!

Curried Cashews
Mushroom Pâté
Vegan Party Board with Lemon-Cashew Dip
Tomato & Artichoke Gnocchi
Vegan Carrot Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

Low-Carb Easter Dinner Menu

Asparagus Salad with Eggs

Pictured Recipe: Asparagus Salad with Eggs & Ham

The centerpiece of our low-carb Easter menu is roast leg of lamb, but the vegetable dishes—including the asparagus starter and vibrant salt-and-vinegar roasted radishes—are the true stunners. In fact, the asparagus with cured ham and eggs is so impressive-looking, you could skip the main altogether and make it the centerpiece. If you want something sweet on your menu, finish with lemon cheesecake bites—or stick with a simple selection of cheeses for a savory capper.

Asparagus Salad with Eggs & Ham
Salt-&-Vinegar Roasted Radishes
Roast Leg of Lamb, Cauliflower & Shallots
Lemon Cheesecake Bites

Gluten-Free Easter Dinner Menu

Point Reyes Toma Frico with Pea Puree Recipe

Pictured Recipe: Point Reyes Toma Frico with Pea Puree

For our gluten-free Easter menu, we've paired ham with appetizers, sides and desserts that are bursting with spring ingredients, including peas, asparagus, new potatoes and strawberries. The frico is basically a cracker made from cheese, and you can top it with just about anything you'd put on a regular cracker (or eat it straight up). If you're not feeling ham, this menu would be just as good with chicken, lamb or a vegetarian entree.

Point Reyes Toma Frico with Pea Puree
Fresh Ham with Red Pepper Glaze
Asparagus with Easy Hollandaise
Roasted New Potatoes with Green Beans
Strawberry Meringue Cake

Diabetes-Friendly Easter Dinner Menu

Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

Pictured Recipe: Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Our diabetes-friendly Easter menu stars dishes that are as pretty as they are tasty—and full of in-season ingredients—from the salad with strawberries to the impressive blueberry lemon curd cake for dessert. Buy plenty of spinach and use it for the salad and a simple side of wilted spinach.

Deviled Eggs 3 Ways
Spinach & Strawberry Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing
Pork Tenderloin Stuffed with Porcini Mushrooms
Wilted Spinach with Garlic
Easy Roasted Root Vegetables
Blueberry Lemon Curd Ice Cream Cake

Total carbohydrates: 61 grams

No matter which of these menus you choose—or if you choose to mix and match—you're bound to impress your Easter guests with your springtime party spread.