Our Favorite Easter Side Dishes for Ham
There’s little as steadfast and true to an Easter celebration in the South as a glazed-to-perfection, deliciously baked ham. It’s the centerpiece of the Easter table, and a deserving one at that. With the right accoutrements, your Easter ham can be a real showstopper—and the side dishes have more to do with that than you think. Is it even possible to have Easter ham without creamy potato salad or melty macaroni and cheese? Personally, we think not. We’ve rounded up our favorite Easter side dishes to pair with ham that'll convince you to make one last trip to the grocery store. From fresh and new to old and faithful, here are some perfect sides dishes for ham.
Best-Ever Macaroni and Cheese
In the South, mac ‘n cheese is like everyone’s favorite aunt—and this best-ever recipe beats out the rest.
Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions
You can thank little pearl onions that have been lightly caramelized with butter, garlic, tangy balsamic vinegar, and a touch of sugar for taking this staple side vegetable to new heights, making it a perfect pairing for your Easter ham.
Recipe: Old-School Squash Casserole
You'll be hard-pressed to find a Southern occasion that wouldn't appreciate squash casserole. A bright and fresh holiday like Easter loves the pop of pastel yellow.
Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Why wouldn't you want to throw some roasted carrots in the mix for Easter? This recipe is perfectly sweet and spiced.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
Jazz up your traditional potato salad with asparagus and radishes for a colorful, lightly dressed salad just perfect for your Easter lunch lineup.
Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
Recipe: Tarragon Asparagus with Eggs
Drizzle our bold vinaigrette flavored with Dijon mustard, fresh tarragon, chopped shallots, and red wine vinegar on top of thick aspargus spears, and top with a grated hard-boiled egg—we guarantee this side will add a pop of flavor and color to your Easter table.
Vidalia Onion Soufflé
Recipe: Vidalia Onion Soufflé
This cheesy, sweet onion-packed side won't disappoint your crown this Easter. The strata-like soufflé might be new to the younger generations, but Mama will recognize it.
Recipe: Strawberry-Rhubarb Salad
Who said these cheerfully red ingredients only belong together in a piecrust? This unexpected salad adds some freshness to your Easter table, and the sweet-tart flavors are basically made to go with your salty, savory ham.
Goat Cheese Mashed Potatoes
On this day of respite, why not add creamy goat cheese, rich heavy cream, and chopped fresh chives to your mashed potatoes? These delicious mashed potatoes will be ready for your Easter table in half an hour.
Make-Ahead Yeast Rolls
Recipe: Pineapple Casserole
Many Southerners agree that Easter just isn’t right without this slightly obscure, but totally underrated casserole—the ingredients might seem like an interesting combination, but—trust us—it's downright delicious!
Radishes in Warm Herb Butter
Recipe: Radishes in Warm Herb Butter
Feast your eyes on this pretty side dish. Something tells us that this recipe will look just perfect with your Easter china, and go quite well with your baked ham.
Tee's Corn Pudding
Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Recipe: Mini Cheese Grits Casseroles
Easter is all about cute and festive touches, from the pastel eggs to the chocolate ones; and these mini grits casseroles add a little more delicious fun to your spread.
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Recipe: Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad
Mix up this pasta salad, let it chill, and there you have it! You'll have a ready-made dish for a laidback Easter lunch.