Easter always meant more to me than bunnies, baskets, and jelly beans when I was growing up. It was a time to eat (any excuse in my family, really). And eat well.
The brightly-colored eggs were masterfully pickled by my father while my mother glazed and roasted a massive ham. Soon my extended family would arrive, arms filled with sides, salads, and sweets to accompany the main course. My Aunt Sue would undoubtedly bring her always-requested 24-hour salad, made with lettuce, bacon, water chestnuts, peas, hard-boiled eggs, and mayonnaise (yes, mayo!). My Aunt Linda would appear with her incredibly-addictive pickled shrimp and my grandmother would make her lighter-than-air rolls. We would then sit down to eat as a family–each bringing their own flavors to the table and somehow all of it coming together to create a harmonious and delightful meal.
With this tradition in mind, I have gathered some of my favorite savory sides from our archives (like the Fig, Apricot, Stilton, and Goat Cheese Tart pictured above) for you to take to your friend’s or family’s Easter (or any) get-together.
A Light and Giftable Green Bean Casserole: Maggie knew what she was doing when she created this easy-to-transport and refreshing spin on a green bean casserole. And now you know, too.
Spiced Carrot & Zucchini Tart: Vegetables meet garam masala. You two were meant to be together. And this tart is delicious proof.
Beet and Apple Salad: The beautiful colors of this salad are reason enough to serve it at Easter, but it also combines sweetness from the apple, earthiness from the beets, creaminess from the cheese, and nuttiness from the walnuts. So, there is that as well.
Family-Style Salad: I love sharing food, and this big platter of fresh veggies, greens, and hard-boiled eggs is ideal for big gatherings. Just add a serving spoon.
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