What to Serve with Ham for Easter: 20+ Side Dishes
Wondering what to serve with ham for Easter? This is a delicious collection of side dishes including potatoes, veggies, salads, breads and more!
Easter is almost here! This is one of my favourite foodie holidays because we get to have all the fun of eating a giant holiday meal with the people we love, without all the pressure of Christmas! And my very favourite main dish to serve this time of year is my glazed ham recipe. It’s easy, quick, and delicious! Today, I’m sharing 20+ tasty ideas to help you decide what to serve with ham for Easter. Changing up the side dishes you put on the table each year can make a traditional Easter dinner feel brand new. Let’s get started, shall we?
There’s something very festive about sweet potatoes done up in a special way and baked. I hope you will find something here to put on your own table!
Sweet Potato Gratin
This Sweet Potato Gratin side dish is both savoury and sweet. Sweet potatoes, rosemary, lots of cheddar cheese, and just a hint of cinnamon make these potatoes stand out in the crowd! Pairs beautifully with ham.
Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes
These Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes are a simple and flavourful side dish! Just 5 ingredients: sweet potatoes, maple syrup, butter, paprika and cinnamon. Such a delicious combination!
Sweet Potato Casserole
This Sweet Potato Casserole is a rich and decadent holiday side dish that I’m sure many of us remember from our youth. How can you go wrong with mashed roasted sweet potatoes mixed with cream and spices, and topped with a layer of marshmallows? It’s so easy to make and everyone will love it!
I don’t know about you but when I think of what to serve with ham for Easter, my first thought is potatoes! I think potatoes are one of the best side dishes for a traditional ham dinner, and you will not convince me otherwise! Fortunately, potatoes are versatile, inexpensive and easy to elevate. See which of these tasty side dishes sounds best to you!
What are Hasselback Potatoes, you ask? They are baked potatoes, with thin slices cut into them and the spaces between these slices filled with butter or olive oil, salt & pepper, and even herbs if you like. They are buttery, crispy and SO delicious! This potato side dish is a tasty addition to your Easter dinner table, and a great way to enjoy potatoes in a different way.
Simple Scalloped Potatoes
These Simple Scalloped Potatoes are creamy, rich and perfectly cheesy. A classic and delicious recipe perfect for an Easter ham dinner! And you only need about 15 minutes of prep time to get this scalloped potato recipe in the oven, which is an added bonus when you’re already juggling multiple dishes! Your entire family and friends will love these Easter potatoes.
Dill Scalloped Potatoes
This is a delicious variation of a classic potato dish. The secret ingredient? Fresh dill! These Dill Scalloped Potatoes are creamy, cheesy and SO delicious! These have become a family (and friend!) favourite in my house, and they make regular appearances at ham dinners. This would be a perfect dish to wow your guests with this Easter!
Whipped Mashed Potatoes with Black Truffle Cheese
Mashed potatoes are a classic side dish that no one would be surprised to see on your table at a family holiday dinner like Easter. You can up the elegance factor by adding truffle cheese (or any fancy cheese of your choice), and turning an everyday side dish into something amazing! These special Whipped Mashed Potatoes are definitely a holiday dinner dish, and requires almost no extra effort. Love that!
Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes
This is one of my regular go-to potato recipes, and for good reason. There’s just nothing quite like deliciously soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside roasted potatoes. Boiled and then tossed in oil and herbs before roasting, these Oven Roasted Herb Potatoes are sure to pair perfectly with your ham and other sides this Easter.
Warm Potato Salad
If you’re looking for a potato salad that’s easy, delicious and a little different than your classic potato salad, then you’re in the right place! This Warm Potato Salad is loaded with roasted baby potatoes, bacon bits, cooked onions, and dill pickles, all tossed in a creamy mayo dressing. The fact that it is served warm makes it a perfect side dish for your Easter ham!
Veggie Side Dishes
What else to serve with ham for easter? Delicious veggies are a must-have! If you’re tired of boiled peas and carrots, check out some of my favourite ways to serve vegetables. Whether you do these instead of the plain veggies you’re used to or serve them alongside them, they are sure to be a hit! Try one or more of these delicious side dish recipes to take your Easter dinner to the next level.
Roasted Asparagus is one of my very favourite vegetable side dishes. It’s crunchy, yet tender, and rich in flavour. Simple and delicious and a perfect Easter side dish with ham.
Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots
Like I said, I love carrots and consider them one of the classic sides for almost every meal! If you want to take your carrots up a notch, simmer them in butter and brown sugar to make them a bit more interesting and worthy of a fancy dinner. These Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots are easy to make and sweet, buttery and salty all at the same time. They are sure to be a hit!
Creamy Cheesy Cauliflower Bake
If you’re looking for a comforting and cheesy side dish recipe that you can serve at your holiday dinner, this Creamy Gouda Cheese Cauliflower Bake is just what you need. The sharp bite of the gouda cheese is a perfect complement to the subtle flavour of the cauliflower! And lovely with ham!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta
Brussels sprouts bring up a lot of emotion…either you love them or detest them, there is no middle ground! I personally love them, especially roasted with bacon or pancetta and then drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
If you’re like me, carrots are a staple side dish at any dinner. And if you’re tired of the same ol’ steamed or boiled carrots, then you should make these Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips! The unique flavour of the parsnips pairs so well with the sweetness of carrots, and I think they are perfect served alongside ham. Your taste buds will thank you for giving this one a try!
Sauteed Green Beans with Basil & Fresh Tomatoes
This Sauteed Green Beans with Basil and Fresh Tomatoes recipe is such a simple side dish and a fun new take on the classic holiday green bean casserole. Depending on how much crunch you leave in the beans, it’s almost like a salad! This is up to you. However you cook the beans, this dish is fragrant, fresh, and delicious. Fresh basil and parmesan cheese are always a winning combination and this is no exception!
Easy Stovetop Mac + Cheese
Ok, I wanted to add this one in and I realize that it’s not a veggie side dish but it didn’t fit in anywhere else so I put it here. But sometimes we really love a creamy cheesy mac + cheese with ham. This Easy Stovetop Mac + Cheese is so good!
I think the best way to round out a nice meal is to put a salad on the table. Salads are light and colourful, an easy side dish, and a nice way to offer a lot of variety to your guests! These are my favourite salad ideas for what to serve with ham for Easter.
Creamy Pea Salad Recipe
Looking for a different and delicious way to get peas on the table this Easter? This Pea Salad Recipe is light and creamy and pairs perfectly with ham. Fresh peas with cheddar cheese, red onion, and bacon, all tossed in a creamy sauce made with sour cream and mayo make for a delicious spring side dish. It’s my favourite way to serve peas this time of year…it’s also the most popular spring side dish on my blog!
Easy Broccoli Salad
A delicious and Easy Broccoli Salad with mandarin oranges, red onions, bacon and a tangy dressing. This is a family favourite when ham is served! And it’s even better the next day.
Creamy Cucumber Salad
This Creamy Cucumber Salad is creamy, light, fresh, tangy, dill-y and delicious! It makes a perfect side dish baked ham. Ready in 15 minutes.
Sprouted Bean Salad
This recipe is such a colourful, joyful and healthy addition to your Easter table! Lentils and sprouted beans are tossed in salad dressing with all kinds of vibrant fresh chopped vegetables for this Sprouted Bean Salad. A nice change from a simple green salad.
Easy Tomato Burrata Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for a salad that’s a little different, super delicious, and quick and easy to make, this Burrata Salad is it! It’s like a caprese salad, but with extra creaminess because of the Burrata cheese. If you love the flavours of creamy cheese, tomatoes, basil and balsamic, you will love this salad!
Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing
This Simple Green Salad with Homemade Mayo Dressing is a delicious and easy addition to dinner! The salad dressing is made with 3 simple ingredients: mayonnaise, milk and sugar. SO simple. But sometimes the simplest things are the best, and this dressing is proof of that! A perfect match for your gorgeous ham.
All Green Salad with a Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette
I really love making my own salad dressings because I find them so much more flavourful than the store bought varieties. This homemade Creamy Avocado Vinaigrette is tangy and so flavourful! Perfect on a simple green salad.
Avocado, Tomato, Kale & Onion Salad
This Avocado, Tomato, Kale & Onion Salad is a perfect holiday celebration salad! Full of delicious and fresh ingredients, all tossed in a homemade tangy Lemon Vinaigrette. If you prefer your salad sweet instead of tart, you can add a bit of honey to it too. I love a good salad that you can play with and make your own!
And what would Easter dinner be without bread of some kind? I love making my own bread and buns for these occasions, and I’m here to tell you it’s really not that hard! All of these recipes are easy enough for even a beginner baker, I promise.
Hot Cross Buns
If you want to add a more traditional bread to your Easter table, this Bread Machine Hot Cross Buns recipe is simple and delicious. The buns are soft and fluffy, flavourful with spices, and sweet with a sugar glaze and icing.
Homemade Bread Machine Dinner Buns
Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading for these Homemade Dinner Buns! Then shape the dough into buns and bake them in your oven. Serve your Easter guests these fluffy dinner rolls slathered in butter straight from the oven for a treat they won’t forget in a hurry!
Homemade Whole Wheat Buns
Do you want to make homemade bread that’s a little healthier? This recipe for Whole Wheat Buns is very similar to my bread machine dinner buns, except it uses whole wheat flour instead! Same process: Let your bread machine do all the mixing and kneading and then shape the buns yourself and pop them in the oven. The whole wheat flour gives these buns a very hearty feel and a gorgeous colour!
Mozzarella and Parmesan Buttermilk Quick Bread
If you’re looking for a quick bread to add to your Easter dinner table, this Mozzarella Quick Bread can be ready and on the table in just over 1 hour! The cheesy flavour pairs perfectly with baked ham.
Need help with meal planning?
There you have it! A whole pile of great ideas for what to serve with ham this Easter! If you’re still feeling a bit overwhelmed even after all these ham dinner ideas, why not let me help you do the work? You can use my Easter dinner menu and grocery list to make things really simple. And of course, check out my ideas for how to use up leftover ham for the days following Easter when you won’t feel like cooking anyway. And of course, if you’re looking for what to serve AFTER dinner, I have some wonderful ideas for Easter desserts too!
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Happy Easter everyone!