10 Cheap Easter Side Dishes To Put on Your Holiday Menu

Easter dinner table with ham, asparagus and cake


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Easter dinner table with ham, asparagus and cake

Happy (Cheap) Easter

Prices at the grocery store are a point of pain for shoppers everywhere, and home cooks are dreading an expensive trip to the supermarket to feed their families. If you want to keep your Easter dinner on the cheaper side, we've got you covered. Check out some of our favorite affordable Easter side dish recipes below and let us know if you have other ideas in the comments.

Related: Creative Twists on Easter Ham

Homemade Corn Pudding Casserole

Sweet Corn Casserole

There are hundreds of iterations of corn casserole recipes floating around, but this one is an excellent go-to if you're looking to pinch pennies. It makes use of notoriously cheap ingredients like canned corn, canned cream-style corn, and cornbread mix, along with a few other grocery staples. Want to keep it as cheap as possible? Use Jiffy cornbread mix — you'll spend less than $1 for a box.

Recipe: Salty Side Dish

Related: Simple Recipes for a Memorable Easter Brunch

Homemade Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potato casserole is not and should not be exclusive to Thanksgiving. If ham is the star of the table at your Easter dinner, a cheap sweet potato casserole should be on the menu, too. It's a combination that just makes sense.

Recipe: Life, Love and Sugar

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Bell Peppers

Zucchini Cream Cheese Stuffed Mini Peppers

If you want to brighten up your Easter menu with a colorful side dish, these stuffed mini sweet peppers are a must. Stuffed with zucchini, walnuts, onions, cream cheese, and a slew of seasonings, these peppers offer up plenty of flavor.

Recipe: Yay! For Food

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Honey Roasted Carrots

Carrots aren't just for the Easter bunny — they're for your dinner spread, too. With just four ingredients (not including the salt and pepper), this vegetable dish is the perfect simple side.

Recipe: Fox and Briar

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Ambrosia Salad

While whipped topping is more commonly associated with dessert, ambrosia salad can be eaten either after dinner or right alongside the rest of your meal. Either way, it's a cheap, tasty complement to Easter dinner.

Recipe: Spaceships & Laser Beams

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Pea Salad

Pea salad has "springtime side dish" written all over it. Plus, peas are cheap, so if you want to slash costs at your Easter dinner table to balance out splurging on Reese's eggs, add pea salad to the menu.

Recipe: Salty Side Dish

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Pineapple Stuffing

Pineapple is often used to elevate the flavor of ham, whether at the center of your holiday dinner or on a pizza. It might sound weird at first, but pineapple stuffing is pretty much an Easter epiphany.

Recipe: Baking a Moment

Appetizing baked potatoes with crunchy cheese in ceramic dish

Au Gratin Potatoes

You can't have a holiday feast without potatoes, and you also can't go wrong with cheese-and-potato combos. Not only are the ingredients for these au gratin potatoes cheap, they're also grocery staples that you might already have on hand.

Recipe: Taste of Home

BBQ Brussels Sprouts with Grainy Mustard, Honey Glaze

Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Honey, balsamic vinegar, crushed red pepper, and Dijon mustard all join forces to elevate the flavor in this Brussels sprouts dish. 

Recipe: Kroll's Korner

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Southern Baked Mac and Cheese

You didn't think we'd leave out mac and cheese, did you? You don't have to roll with boxed macaroni to keep things on the cheap side. As long as you keep your cheeses on the simpler side, you can accomplish a tasty and affordable side dish.

Recipe: Sugar Spice and Glitter