We don’t know about you, but once spring has sprung, we’re ready to ditch our slow-cooked soups, stews, and casseroles in lieu of fresh fruits and veggies. For many of us, the first time we really get to celebrate that bounty is during our Easter meals. Tender lamb and glazed ham get all the glory, but like for most holidays, we’re really all about the sides. What better way to showcase all the bright, colorful, new produce in season than with a salad? These 40 Easter salads are perfect whether you’re hosting Sunday brunch or dinner, but honestly, they’re worth many a revisit all spring long too.
And don’t worry, we’re not talking about just greens here! Yes, a simple gorgeous arugula or spinach salad is a delight after a long winter, but if we're going for a green base, we prefer to jazz it up. You could add meaty protein, like in our chicken Caesar salad or our Niçoise; fun fried cheeses, like in our fried halloumi salad or our fried goat cheese salad; or hard-boiled eggs, like in our spring Cobb salad or our chef salad. These little additions are kind of like an Easter Egg hunt for adults, and we bet you’ll never want salad without them again.
Though canned beans are available year round, there's something that feels particularly springy about them (and if you want to go fresh, they should start popping up at farmers' markets mid-April). In homage, we like to make our antipasto chickpea salad, our bacon pea salad, our three-bean salad, and our roasted chickpea and avocado salad. The best part about these? They’re ripe for improvisation, so feel free to swap in and out your favorite ingredients.
We’ve also included a number of classic spins on our warm weather faves, pasta and potato salad. Check out our pesto pasta salad, our red potato salad, our super green pasta salad, or our tzatziki potato salad. Love the carbs but want more protein? Go for our shrimp salad, our ham salad (so good for leftover ham too!), or our crab meat salad. Craving something sweet? Try our creamy grape salad, our ambrosia salad, or our Waldorf salad. They’re the kind of retro classics everyone will enjoy (or at least enjoy talking about 😉) this Easter.
Want even more Easter ideas? Check out our top Easter side dishes, our best Easter desserts, and our favorite Easter treats too.