Bunny Day is almost here! Spring with its brightly colored flowers, warmer weather, and pastel-colored candies have arrived. It also means that the Easter dinner planning has begun. Are you ready to shed the traditional scalloped potatoes or glazed carrots for your Easter meal, then look no further! Check out these 4 sides to add some deliciousness to your meal this year.
German Potato Salad
Mashed potatoes are great, but this potato dish is a great spring side dish to elevate your spring meal. Bring 2 pounds of red potatoes to a boil and once tender, drain and set aside. Heat olive oil with one-half of chopped red onion with salt and pepper. Once onions are soft, remove the pan from heat and mix in ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with 1-2 tablespoons of dill. Pour the vinaigrette over potatoes. You can cut potatoes or slightly crush them, so the warm potatoes take on the dressing flavor.
Shaved Carrot Salad
You don’t need iceberg lettuce or spinach to have a salad! Consider shaved carrots in lieu of lettuce for a salad. This is perfect for bunnies while adding color to your salad. Consider shaving rainbow carrots to add all spring hues to your salad. You can also shave radishes and beets to add more reds and purples to your salad. Mix in sliced grapefruit or oranges with a light vinaigrette for a light and refreshing salad.
Refrigerated rolls move aside and try your hand at these homemade rosemary rolls. If you have a favorite basic bread recipe, mix in 2-3 tablespoons of chopped fresh rosemary at the final rest to add a fresh element to your bread. Don’t forget to add whisked egg to the top of the rolls for baking to add a crunchy, glazed look to your rolls. These do take planning as you need to let your bread mix rise and rest in between, but with great planning comes great rolls!
Fresh Fruit with Honey-Lime Vinaigrette
A fruity gelatin mold this is not. Chop seasonal fresh fruit into a bowl. Stick to what you know everyone will eat. Talk about eating your colors, this is an easy and fun way to eat the rainbow. Once you have all the desired fruit chopped, mix together ¼ cup of honey, 1-2 teaspoons of lime juice, and a ½ teaspoon of lime zest. Once mixed, pour over your chopped fruit. It can be made ahead of time, but any fruit like bananas may become brown or soft, even with the lime juice on it to prevent it from browning.
Add these sides to your meal repertoire is visually appealing and delicious! Save them for barbeques and gatherings throughout the spring and summer for seasonal, budget-friendly, and refreshing sides.