With Easter right around the corner, there is a maddening rush to get to the grocery store and cook some homemade dishes. But if you don’t have a lot of time to make Easter dinner, then no worries, because I’ll show you readily available options that you can most likely pick up at your local grocery store. Whether you’re making Easter dinner and you want to try to include vegan sides for your vegan guests, or you are vegan and will be attending as a guest to an Easter dinner, keep reading to find seven vegan side dishes for your Easter brunch or dinner.
Deli Options: At your local grocery store there is usually a deli that offers fresh options such as salads. Here are three recommendations that you can most likely find at your local grocery store (specifically in the deli/fresh-made section).
- 3 Bean Salad – This salad is very hearty and full of protein and most of the time is made vegan. But do be careful because some variations include mayo or add bacon bits into it, so if you aren’t sure about the ingredients just ask the deli counter. A 3-bean salad is typically comprised of three different types of beans, celery, onion, parsley, rosemary, vinegar, sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper. So simple, yet so delicious.
- Kale and Cranberry Salad – This delicious salad is in a lot of delis now thanks to the popularity of kale. The only thing to look out for in this dish is the addition of cheese. Some, not all, do include goat cheese. However the last few times I’ve seen this salad in the deli they didn’t include the cheese, but instead offered it after you ordered, so the batch is made vegan with the option of adding cheese. This tasty salad is made of kale, dried cranberries, toasted almonds, vinegar, orange juice, mustard, shallot, and garlic dressing.
- Tabbouleh Salad - This Mediterranean dish is a vegetarian salad made of tomatoes, finely chopped parsley, mint, bulgur, and onion, and seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. This is simple enough to make at home, but I often find it in the deli section in most grocery stores. So, it can be one less thing you have to make on Easter day.
Frozen Options: This next section covers options that are available in the frozen aisle in your local grocery store. My suggestions cover frozen foods available at Trader Joe’s, however you can find similar frozen food options at other grocery stores.
- Zucchini Fries – Trader Joe’s offers a lightly battered zucchini in their frozen aisle. Luckily, it’s batter doesn’t include any dairy, making these bad boys completely vegan. You can have these as a side or serve them as an appetizer. These are great for making at home (it takes a short time with no fuss) and bring over to a lunch gathering.
- Vegetable Pakoras – This isn’t the typical side dish you’ll see at Easter brunch, but it’s a fun option to offer a different flavor to the meal. These vegetables ae delectable and if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, alternative versions of these can easily be found in your local grocery store.
- Aloo Chaat – This is a potato snack originating as street food from northern India. It’s typically made of potatoes, spices, and oil served with chutney. Again, this dish isn’t a traditional Easter dish, but it will provide a hearty yet delicious option to your meal.
Homemade Recipe: If you want to try making a simple side dish at home, then let me introduce you to my vegan Macaroni salad recipe. It’s simple enough to not take too much time, yet it’s so delicious that I often have my friends praising it.
- 1 Bag of Macaroni Pasta
- 1 Large pot of Water
- 1 Red Bell Pepper
- ¼ Large Red Onion
- 2-3 Stalks of Celery (If you don’t like celery, then just replace this with carrots)
- 1 Large Pickle
- 6-8 Tablespoons of Vegan Mayo
- 4-6 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
- 2-3 Tablespoons of Yellow Mustard
- Bring a large pot of water to boil. Once water is boiling, add the bag of macaroni pasta. This will cook for about 10-12 minutes, make sure to continuously stir to avoid the pasta sticking to each other and the bottom of the pot.
- While pasta is boiling, chop up red bell pepper, red onion, celery (or carrots), and pickle. Place all chopped vegetables in a large mixing bowl.
- After pasta is cooked, drain the macaroni into a colander. Rinse with cold water, and after pasta is fully drained add it to the large mixing bowl with the vegetables.
- Mix in Mayo, Vinegar, and Mustard and stir until everything is evenly mixed in. Feel free to add more of anything you want to get desired taste and/or texture. I usually skip seasoning with salt and pepper but feel free to add those if you want.
I hope these great vegan finds will make your Easter brunch or dinner taste even more delicious. And from all of us at Trendeing, we wish you a wonderful Easter filled with family, friends, and delicious vegan food.