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15 Simple Easter Recipes That Need Only a Handful of Ingredients

Don't stress over your Easter dinner recipes this year with these simple dishes that get you from the kitchen to the table in a flash.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy chosen foods

Fig and Green Bean Salad

For a healthy, fresh Easter recipe, this salad from Chosen Foods looks impressive, but is incredibly easy to make. After quickly cooking green beans, simply whisk together a tasty dressing to drizzle over the beans and figs. It makes a light appetizer before guests indulge in the main meal.

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Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-IngredientsCourtesy veryvera

Mama’s egg salad

You can’t go wrong serving eggs at Easter, and Vera Stewart’s take on a classic egg salad makes for a quick Easter recipe that will last refrigerated for up to six days. Stewart, the author of The VeryVera Cookbook: Recipes from my Table, adds pickle relish and Durkee® Famous Sauce to her rendition.


8 large eggs
1/4 cup Hellmann’s® Mayonnaise (or more to taste)
1 heaping tablespoon Durkee® Famous Sauce
1/3 cup sweet pickle relish, drained of juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


In a medium saucepan, cover the eggs completely with water, and cover with lid. Cook over high heat until water comes to a complete boil, and you can hear the eggs “dancing.” Turn off heat, and let eggs sit for 20 minutes. Then, take off the lid, and run cold water over the eggs until they are cool to the touch. Peel immediately.

Roughly chop the eggs. (They should still be chunky. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a large bowl. Add the chopped eggs, and gently mix until incorporated evenly. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to six days.

Here are even more easy egg recipes (55 to be exact!) that can make for additional Easter dinner ideas.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Wellness Mama

Ham and cauliflower gratin

An updated way to enjoy ham—and sneak in some vegetables—is this Easter side dish from Real Plans, a meal planner for those with dietary restrictions or who are following specialty diets. With just seven ingredients, it can be finished in just a few steps.


1 pound cauliflower
1 tablespoon butter
4 ounces cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon coconut flour
1 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 pound ham, thick sliced or leftover

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil 2 quarts of water, and cook the cauliflower until just starting to soften (not completely cooked). Strain cauliflower, and set aside. Shred cheese. In a large sauce pan, melt butter, and add coconut flour and simmer one minute. Add coconut milk and shredded cheese, and stir for one to two minutes until cheese is melted. Add garlic powder and mix well.

Grease a large baking dish with butter or coconut oil and add cauliflower. Sprinkle diced ham over the cauliflower. Pour the sauce mix evenly over the vegetables and bake for 20 minutes until heated.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Chia Chong Libbie Summers

Sweet and vicious carrots

When it comes to spring and Easter, carrots are one of the most popular Easter recipes, and this fun, yet quick side adds spices for a new twist. “Carrot preparations can become mundane, but this super simple one kicks up the flavor a notch… and then another notch!” says Libbie Summers, Terra’s Kitchen chef and creative culinary director. “The crunch of the pecans and the sweet carrots are perfect with a fiery ending.”


3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Pinch of cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
16 miniature carrots (Summers uses the Nantes variety)
3 tablespoons honey

In a small mixing bowl, toss pecans, cumin, cayenne, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and cinnamon together. In a medium skillet over medium heat, add the butter. Stir in the pecan mixture, and cook (stirring constantly) until nuts are completely coated and warm (approximately four to five minutes). Set aside.

In a large saucepan, add enough water to come halfway up the pan. Add the remaining salt to the water, and bring to a boil. Add carrots to the boiling water, reduce heat, and simmer until the carrots are just tender (approximately eight minutes). Drain and place on a large platter. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with spiced pecans. Serve immediately.

For more veggie dishes, check out these 14 vegetarian dinner recipes for even more Easter dinner ideas.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Kim Whitman

Avocado deviled eggs

You can make your guests “green eggs” with this unique version of the traditional deviled egg included in Kimberly Whitman’s book, Parties Around a Punch Bowl. “Their festive colors and easy flavor make them crowd pleasers, perfect for a large gathering or an easy selection to take to a potluck,” says Whitman in the book.


2 large avocados, halved and flesh moved to a bowl
6 hard-boiled eggs, halved and yolks moved to a bowl
1/4 cup chopped mango
3 teaspoons lime juice
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon garlic salt
Paprika, optional garnish

Mash avocado and egg yolks together, then mix with mango, lime and lemon juice, garlic salt, and pepper to taste. Fill each egg half with this mixture. Whitman uses a piping bag to create a beautiful whipped texture. Sprinkle a little paprika on each half and add crumbled crispy bacon for a tasty extra topping. To dye egg whites, soak in a bowl of water with liquid food coloring in a refrigerator for a few hours.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-IngredientsCourtesy Christopher Morgan

Trio of devily eggs

Here’s another option for a trio of deviled eggs that creates a showpiece. “This year, you can break with tradition and create a platter that changes up the fillings to offer a trio of deviled eggs,” says Jorj Morgan, author of Sunday Best Dishes. “Place all three varieties of devily goodness onto a platter, and garnish with crumbles of crisp, pan-fried prosciutto.”

Ham and Egg Devily Eggs

4 ounces smoked ham
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved, separate yolks from whites
1/2 cup homemade or prepared mayonnaise
1 teaspoon pickle relish
1 teaspoon onion, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Pulse ham and egg yolks in food processor. Add mayonnaise, pickle relish, minced onion, and fresh cilantro. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse until filling is the consistency of thick paste.

Which Came First? The Chicken or the Filling?

4 ounces roasted chicken
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved, separate yolks from whites
1/2 cup homemade or prepared mayonnaise
1 teaspoon red onion, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Pulse chicken and egg yolks in food processor. Add the mayonnaise, minced onion, basil, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse until the filling is the consistency of thick paste.

Naked Egg Filling
6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and halved, separate yolks from whites
1/2 cup homemade or prepared mayonnaise
1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper

Pulse egg yolks, mayonnaise, and dill in food processor. Season with salt and pepper. Pulse until the filling is the consistency of thick paste.

Spoon each filling into a sandwich-size plastic bag. Squeeze the filling to get all the air out. Cut the corner from the bag, and pipe the filling into the egg whites.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Chia Chong Libbie Summers

Lamb and feta burgers

If you plan to serve lamb at your Easter dinner, here’s quick take on this staple holiday meat from Summers, who describes the dish as “Easter lamb made easy on the grill with a four-ingredient burger and topped with a healthy sweet pea mint sauce.”

Burger Ingredients

1 pound ground lamb
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/2 teaspoon each, salt and pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 sandwich buns, split
Tomato slices

Heat grill to medium-high heat. In a large mixing bowl, use your hands to mix together lamb, feta, cumin, parsley, salt, and pepper. Form mixture into four equal-sized patties, and allow to rest while grill heats. Brush grill with the vegetable oil, and grill burgers four to five minutes per side.

Sweet Pea and Mint Sauce Ingredients

1 cup sugar snap peas, shelled and blanched
1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and pepper

Pulse peas and mint in food processor or blender until just smooth. With the motor running, add vegetable oil until combined. Salt and pepper to taste.

Place one burger on each bun, and top with a dollop of Sweet Pea and Mint Sauce and tomato slices.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-IngredientsCourtesy Ousia

Grilled lamb chops with Ionian garlic sauce

If you want to serve a fancier lamb, these lamp chops with a spice-filled sauce and a punch of flavor will do the trick in a jiffy. The Easter recipe comes from Greek-inspired Mediterranean restaurant Ousia, located in New York City.


8 1/2-inch thick lamb chops
1/2 cup watercress
1/2 cup parsley
1/2 cup dill
1/2 cup mint
2 tablespoons oregano
8 garlic cloves, diced
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Combine all ingredients except lamb chops in blender or food processor, and mix until you have a smooth sauce. Taste and adjust herbs as needed. You can also adjust the amount of acidity by adding more vinegar, if preferred. Refrigerate sauce until ready to use.

Season lamb chops with salt and pepper, and grill to desired temperature. Let lamb chops rest for five minutes, and before serving, spoon the Ionian Garlic Sauce on top.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Mrs. Renfro's Salsa

Paula’s pork tenderloin-n-peach salsa sauce

Ham is a traditional dish at most Easter meals, but this pork tenderloin recipe from Renfro Foods is a simple way to update the same-old ham and impress guests—without breaking the bank. The addition of the peaches adds a hint of spring, as well.

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Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy National Mango Board

Mango mustard-glazed ham

Another fun spin on the traditional ham is this Easter recipe from the National Mango Board that adds a glaze featuring the citrus-flavor of mango for a surprising taste. Simply bake and glaze a bone-in, spiral glazed ham for your main dish.

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Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Chef Heidi Vukov

Grandmother’s pineapple bread pudding

Traditional bread pudding gets a new flavor with the addition of pineapple to this Easter dinner recipe from Chef Heidi Vukov. Vukov is a South Carolina Chef Ambassador who owns Croissants Bistro & Bakery and Hook & Barrel restaurants in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Simply mix all the ingredients, and then bake for 45 minutes!


3 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups sugar
16-ounce can crushed pineapple
3 slices day old Challah bread in 1/2 inch cubes
Butter to coat pan
1 pint heavy cream, whipped

Add ingredients as listed. Pour into buttered, 9 X 13 glass baking dish. Bake in 400-degree oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot with a dash of whipped cream.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Melissa Eboli AKA Chef Via Melissa

Coconut parfait

Get your dessert done with only six ingredients with this Coconut Parfait from Chef Melissa Eboli, owner of Via’s Kitchen. Mix everything in a blender, and then quickly present to your guests, topping it with cinnamon, chocolate chips, pecans, or even mixed berries for added color and nutrition.


1 can cooking coconut milk
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup walnuts or pecans
Dash cinnamon
1/4 cup chocolate chips

Place can of coconut milk in refrigerator overnight. Open can from the bottom and pour coconut water in a cup. Put aside to drink later, or add to a smoothie. Remove meat of coconut from can, and add to a blender. Add honey or syrup and vanilla flavoring. Blend five to ten seconds until mixed, and transfer to a bowl. Top with desired toppings.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Lemon posset

Another impressive dessert is this lemon posset from Kristin Butterworth, executive chef of AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star Lautrec restaurant at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania. She describes it as an incredibly simple dessert with a real wow factor. Chef Butterworth says it works great for a spring meal, especially Easter.


2 1/4 cups heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Whisk together the cream and sugar in a stainless-steel pot with high sides. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-low heat, whisking often. Continue to simmer for five minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. Remove the mixture from the heat and immediately whisk in the lemon juice. The mixture will curdle slightly. Let stand for 10 minutes. Whisk one last time until very smooth and creamy. Divide the posset among four 6-ounce ramekins or bowls. Refrigerate for at least one hour to sufficiently set and thicken the posset. Serve chilled.

Simple-Easter-Recipes-that-Need-Only-a-Handful-of-Ingredientscourtesy Kim Whitman

Pineapple lime punch

Impress your Easter dinner guests with a fabulous and flavorful drink, as well. This punch from Kimberly Whitman in her book, Parties Around a Punch Bowl, is quick to whip up and easy to serve in a punch bowl so visitors can help themselves. You can also vary the punch with various alcohol and non-alcoholic ingredients to suit your needs. For even more wow, make lime ice cubes by freezing lime juice in your favorite ice mold.


2 (12-ounce) cans frozen limeade concentrate
4 cups pineapple juice
1/4 cup lime juice
1 liter ginger ale
1 (25-ounce) bottle Prosecco

Refrigerate all ingredients for eight hours or overnight. When ready to party, combine all ingredients in your favorite punch bowl. For a stronger punch, add rum. For a non-alcoholic punch, omit the Prosecco and add sparkling limeade.

These 10 Easter dessert recipes are a delicious ending to any meal.

Lyn Mettler
Lyn Mettler is an Indianapolis-based lifestyle writer, who has written for, US News & World Report,, TODAY Show online among others. She blogs about how to travel for less using miles and points on and is the author of "The Step-by-Step Guide to Earning Your Southwest Companion Pass."

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