Healthy Easter Recipes

Easter recipes that fit your lifestyle. Find everything you need for a healthy dinner menu, including salads, soups & appetizers, plus light and delicious desserts.

Staff Picks

Tofu Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.55 stars 130
This smooth, chocolately dessert is made with silken tofu, which is usually sold in vacuum-packed, shelf-stable containers in the Asian-food section of grocery stores.

Strawberries with Sweetened Sour Cream

This quick and easy treat is ideal for a warm summer night.

Steamed Artichokes with Lemon-Garlic Aioli

Rating: 2.85 stars 39
Steaming the garlic with the artichokes mellows its flavor in this easy hors d'oeuvre. This recipe is included in Butterflied, Rolled, and Roasted Leg of Lamb.

Asparagus with Breadcrumbs and Parmesan

Rating: 2.92 stars 73
Celebrate springtime with this easy vegetable side dish.

Guilt-Free Brownies

Rating: 3.45 stars 127
To make these brownies lower in fat and calories (but still moist and fudgy), we replaced some of the eggs and butter with prune puree.

Vanilla Chia Pudding

Rating: 3.86 stars 125
Chia seeds are available at health-food stores and online. They're rich in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.

Shaved Radish, Fennel, and Parmesan Salad

Enjoy this crisp, refreshing slaw on its own or pair it with a hearty main. The mellow flavor of raw fennel balances the radishes' spicy bite. Nutty Parmesan brings it all together.

Light Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Rating: 3.76 stars 67
Vegetable oil subs in for butter in this fruit-topped, vanilla-scented cake, reducing the saturated fat; whole-wheat flour boosts the fiber and lends a nutty flavor.


Avgolemono gets its smooth and thick consistency not from cream but from eggs; they're tempered by hot chicken broth and whisked into the soup just before serving. Shredded boneless, skinless chicken breast makes this soup a filling one that is nevertheless low in calories and fat.

Roasted Asparagus with Lemony Breadcrumbs

Rating: 3.68 stars 151
Roasting asparagus at a high temperature concentrates its flavor and guarantees a tender—but not mushy—texture. To ensure crunchy crumbs, sprinkle them on just before serving.

Light Cherry Cheesecake

Rating: 3.18 stars 99
This cheesecake boasts a velvety texture with less fat than the original, thanks to lighter versions of cream cheese and sour cream, plus plenty of cottage cheese.

Peach Gels

These fruit gels are as wobbly as store-bought gelatins but loads healthier.

Inspiration and Ideas

Healthy Easter Desserts That Are Full of Flavor
Finish off your Easter feast with a lightened-up treat starring all kinds of better-for-you ingredients.
Beet-and-Dill-Roasted Wild Salmon
Now that's a spectacular side of salmon! The fish gets its jewel-like color and deep flavor from a marinade of grated beets, fresh dill, horseradish, and lemon zest. It's roasted in the same dish as the crispy potatoes nestled underneath.
Lemony White-Bean Hummus
Rating: 3.73 stars

Serve this hummus with raw carrots and sugar snap peas -- or whatever delicious crudites you prefer.