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30 Easter Recipes That Are Actually Healthy

From creamy smoked salmon cucumber rolls to rhubarb-elderberry crisp, here are some of our favourite Easter recipes that just so happen to be healthy, too.

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Healthy Easter Recipes

If you’re looking for healthier versions of all your favourite Easter meals, we’ve got you covered. From tender lamb shanks to a twist on classic devilled eggs, these healthy recipes are sure to be a hit with the whole fam.

(Related: 12 Tasty Spring Recipes to Make This Season)

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Roasted Carrot And Radish Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

Whether you’re on the West Coast, East Coast or in Central Canada, radishes peak in springtime. Take advantage of this tasty vegetable while it’s in-season with this protein-packed salad that makes radishes the star of the show.

Recipe: Roasted Carrot And Radish Salad With Crispy Chickpeas

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Creamy Smoked Salmon-Stuffed Cucumber Rolls

You only need seven ingredients to make these creamy and delicious salmon cucumber rolls. With only 1g of carbs and 37 calories per serving, this light and healthy appetizer will make sure you don’t fill up on appetizers.

Recipe: Creamy Smoked Salmon-Stuffed Cucumber Rolls

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Ginger-Chili Tofu With Broccoli & Sweet Potatoes

This one-pan ginger-chili baked tofu will have vegetarian guests rejoicing this Easter. Plus, this dish is super health-conscious, with 21g of protein and 6g of fibre in every serving.

Recipe: Ginger-Chili Tofu With Broccoli & Sweet Potatoes

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Roasted Cauliflower

Turmeric & Coconut Baked Aloo Gobi

With sweetness from the coconut milk, earthiness from the mustard seeds, and a punch from the ginger, this flavour packed roasted cauliflower dish will be the star of the show at your Easter dinner.

Recipe: Turmeric & Coconut Baked Aloo Gobi

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Slow-Cooker Burgundy Lamb Shanks

Slow cooked until fall-off-the-bone tender, this lamb shank recipe tastes gourmet but is super straight-forward to make.

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Burgundy Lamb Shanks

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Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

This salad is loaded with lemon juice, orange juice and orange slices, ensuring a pop of zest in every bite. The fatty acid in butter provides antioxidants, fat-soluble vitamins, and omega-3 fats.

Recipe: Brown Butter & Orange Cauli-Couscous Salad

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Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this 10-ingredient crisp. Pairing the tart rhubarb with the earthy elderberry makes for a balanced, light and irresistible dessert that is sure to become a new Easter favourite.

Recipe: Rhubarb Elderberry Crisp

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Gravlax Pâté

An Easter celebration demands a special appetizer to complement the main event, and this Nordic delicacy hits the mark. Dill, lemon zest, and salmon come together to create an irresistibly tasty spread.

Recipe: Gravlax Pâté

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Fig and Walnut Amuse-Bouche

These hors d’oeuvres are salty, sweet, and only take a minute to assemble. Serve on a bed of arugula as an appetizer or on their own as a finger food.

Recipe: Fig and Walnut Amuse-Bouche

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Beet, Cherry & Lentil Salad

If you’re looking for a delicious Easter dish that keeps you feeling light and energized, you can’t go wrong with this beet, cherry and lentil salad. Packed with ingredients like pistachios, arugula, and cherries, this salad is high in protein, fibre and antioxidants.

Recipe: Beet, Cherry & Lentil Salad

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Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Rosewater Ganache

The fruitiness of good olive oil is a fantastic match for dark chocolate in this rich, fudgy cake.

Recipe: Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Rosewater Ganache

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Curried Devilled Eggs

This classic Easter snack has been re-imagined to deliver an extra pop of flavour that will keep your guests coming back for more.

Recipe: Curried Devilled Eggs 

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Vegetable Risoni Salad

Loaded with asparagus, broccoli, and cheery tomatoes, this risoni salad is fresh and delivers 31g of protein in every serving.

Recipe: Vegetable Risoni Salad 

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Crispy Shrimp Cakes with Smoky Tomato Aioli

These tender, golden shrimp cakes, inspired by the flavours of Spanish tapas, are deceptively easy to pull together. Plus, you can make them ahead and simply reheat when you’re ready to serve them.

Recipe: Crispy Shrimp Cakes with Smoky Tomato Aioli 

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Beloved Beans, Greens & Butter

Make this aromatic and satisfying beans and greens side dish and impress your guests this Easter with your professional kitchen skills.

Recipe: Beloved Beans, Greens & Butter

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Wine-Roasted Chicken with Apricots and Olives

Elevate your Easter main dish with this Middle Eastern-inspired wine-roasted chicken. With only 12 ingredients, this decadent dish can be whipped up in almost no time at all.

Recipe: Wine Roasted Chicken with Apricots and Olives

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Stuffed Mushrooms

These hard-to-resist party bites are filled with nuts and fresh veggies and topped with grated Parmesan cheese. They’re salty, crispy, crunchy, and savoury, making them the perfect finger food.

Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

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Asparagus Mimosa Salad

With fresh and sunny springtime colours, this early-summer dish adds a retro-cool feel to any dinner table. Plus, asparagus is in season in spring in Canada, meaning it will be at its peak this Easter.

Recipe: Asparagus Mimosa Salad

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Baked Peaches With Almond Cookie Stuffing

This dish tastes like homemade peach pie. The only difference? It’s healthier and easier to make!  Turn fresh peaches into a fabulous holiday dessert by stuffing them with apricots, toasted almonds and crushed amaretti cookie crumbs.

Recipe: Baked Peaches With Almond Cookie Stuffing 

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Traditional Baked Ham with a Fruit Glaze

This homage to retro-classic pineapple baked ham is the perfect main course for Easter. Cranberry sauce and mandarin oranges make a beautiful, aromatic glaze that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Recipe: Traditional Baked Ham with a Fruit Glaze

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Roasted Carrots

Carrots can lower cholesterol, reduce your risk of cancer, and keep your vision sharp. On top of that, they’re also delicious, as evidenced by this quick and tasty Easter side dish.

Recipe: Roasted Carrots

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Twice-Cooked Dill Rice

Put a spin on regular white rice with this elevated dill basmati rice. Guests will surely ask for seconds of this simple, but delicious side dish.

Recipe: Twice-Cooked Dill Rice 

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Nut-free Carrot Cupcakes

Soft, fluffy and moist, these carrot cupcakes are always a hit, especially on Easter. Plus, with the use of light brown sugar and light cream cheese, these sweets are health-conscious without sacrificing taste.

Recipe: Nut-free Carrot Cupcakes 

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Avocado Caprese Crostini

Avocado toast meets caprese salad in this Instagram-worthy appetizer.

Recipe: Avocado Caprese Crostini 

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Rich Chocolate Torte

What would Easter be without decadent chocolatey dessert? This heavenly cake is the ultimate comfort food and uses healthier ingredients like reduced-salt margarine and dark chocolate.

Recipe: Rich Chocolate Torte

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Spanish-style eggs

Spanish-Style Eggs

There’s no holiday like Easter to get you excited about brunch. These Spanish-style eggs, sprinkled with Manchego cheese, are just what you need to spice up Easter in lockdown.

Recipe: Spanish-Style Eggs

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Honey Lime Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

Embrace spring flavours this Easter with these fruity shrimp skewers. Cooked for only five minutes on the BBQ or grill, these are perfect for an outdoor, socially distanced Easter celebration.

Recipe: Honey Lime Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers

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Grilled Salmon Niçoise with Turmeric Vinaigrette

This grilled salmon is perfect for a spring-time celebration. Served with Easter staples like hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, and green beans, this dish hits all the marks and tastes amazing.

Recipe: Grilled Salmon Niçoise with Turmeric Vinaigrette 

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Three-Vegetable Mash

Take mashed potatoes to a whole new level with this three vegetable mash made of sweet potatoes, spinach, and beets. Not only does this dish look and taste gourmet, but the bases also help aid in anti-inflammation, support the immune system, and are high in vitamins and minerals.

Recipe: Three-Vegetable Mash

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Triple-Berry Cornmeal Muffins

Packed with berries and tangy buttermilk, these muffins are perfect for a healthy Easter dessert.

Recipe: Triple-Berry Cornmeal Muffins

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