If you're looking for something a little extra special to serve your family this year, why not try this Easter Salad that's formed in the shape of an egg!
Serve this Easter Salad for brunch by simply layering your favorite salad ingredients on a platter to make it look like a beautifully decorated Easter egg.
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Easter is a great excuse to get creative with your cooking! If you're looking for something a bit more special this year, why not try making an Easter-themed salad?
Instead of an regular salad in a bowl, lay out your salad ingredients to make it look like a pretty decorated egg. This salad is made with lettuce, tomatoes, corn, cabbage, olives...really whatever you like!
Salad Recipe for Easter
Check out the recipe notes and variations following the step-by-step photos for any possible substitutions and tips. Just think of using "bright" and colorful ingredients to keep the egg pretty.
Looking for more Brunch and Breakfast Ideas? Try my Breakfast Casserole with Hashbrowns, Crescent Roll Breakfast Recipes or my delicious Breakfast Parfaits that would be great for a holiday brunch celebration.
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💭Can I prep the salad the night before?
Yes! It's easy to prep this salad ahead of time so you're not rushed at the last minute putting it together.
- Wash the vegetables and make sure they're completely dry.
- Chop the lettuce, carrots, cabbage and any other veggies.
- When storing the lettuce and vegetables, wrap them in paper towel and then add to either air-tight containers or plastic bags. That will help draw the moisture away from the vegetables and onto the paper towel.
- Boil the eggs, but don't peel and chop them until you're putting the salad together.
- Make sure you store everything separately so the flavors don't start to combine yet.
- Prepare the homemade ranch salad dressing and store it in a mason jar so you can easily shake it up right before adding it to the top of the salad.
All of these ingredients can then be kept separately overnight ready for assembling the next day just prior to serving.
🛒Helpful Kitchen Tools
PICKLED GARLIC – Famous Award Winning Heirloom Garlic (8 Oz (Pack of 2))14" White Serving Platters for Entertaining, Oval Serving PlatesCertified International Joy of Easter Salad Plates2-Piece Melamine Salad Server, Turquoise)OXO Good Grips Twist & Pour Salad Dressing Mixer
This is an overview of the ingredients and instructions. Be sure to see the recipe card below for exact quantities, detailed instructions and special notes.
📌Quick Tip: Remember to layer the vegetables in the same order at the top and bottom of the oval shaped platter. You want the salad to resemble a colorful Easter egg!
- Working from the top and bottom of the platter, begin arranging the vegetables in the order you'd like them to be.
- Add the chopped ham, followed by the cheese and chopped hard-boiled eggs.
- The fill in with the tomatoes, green olives, red onions.
- If you are choosing to use the pickled garlic cloves and hot jalapenoes, you can add those towards the top of the egg. That way your guests don't have to add them to their serving plates.
- Finally add the chopped lettuce around the edges of the platter.
- Drizzle with the homemade ranch dressing right before serving.
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🍽 Favorite Salad Dressing Recipes
- I used my Homemade Ranch Salad Dressing for this recipe, however, you can use your family's favorite.
- Homemade Italian Salad Dressing would go great as well.
- Since we're only drizzling the dressing on top, have a bowl of extra salad dressing on the side for your guests to add a little more to their serving.
- There are so many ways you can make this recipe your own by swapping out a few of the ingredients I used to prepare our Easter Salad.
- Choose a different cheese. Add chopped cucumbers or black olives instead of green olives.
- Check out my recipe for Fresh Tomato Salad or Italian Chopped Salad recipe.
- When storing leftover salad, it is important to make sure that everything will stay fresh and remain safe to eat. The best way to store salad is in a very tightly closed container in the refrigerator.
- Make sure you squeeze as much air out of the container as possible before closing it up.
- Salad can last up to five days if stored correctly, however check for any spoilage before consuming it within this time period.
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💭Top Recipe Tip
- Keep the pickled garlic cloves and hot jalapeno peppers near the top of the salad layers.
- That way your guests can be sure not to take any if they don't want anything hot and spicy.
Start by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl. Then, pop it into an airtight container that has a layer of paper towel on the bottom to guard against excess moisture from the lettuce. Before placing the lid on the bowl, add another layer of paper towel on top of the lettuce. With these tips, you'll have salads packed full of flavor every time.
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- 1 cup cheddar cheese; shredded
- 2 hard-boiled eggs; chopped
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes; sliced
- ½ cup canned corn; drained
- ½ cup carrots; shredded
- ½ cup red cabbage; shredded
- ½ cup chopped ham
- ¼ cup red onions; chopped
- ½ cup green olives; chopped
- 6 cloves pickled garlic; optional
- ¼ cup chopped hot jalapenoes; optional
- 1 cup curly green leaf lettuce; washed, dried and chopped.
- ½ cup homemade ranch salad dressing
- On an oval platter, arrange the red cabbage, corn, carrots as shown in the photo. Work from the top and bottom of the platter, in the order you'd like them to be. You want to layer them in rows to get the effect of a decorated Easter egg.
- Arrange the cheese and ham in rows as well as the chopped hard-boiled eggs.
- Then add the choppoed green olives in their own row.
- Sprinkle the red onions arond the green olives.
- Add the sliced tomatoes in their own row towards the top or bottom of the "egg" design.
- If you are using the pickled garlic and hot jalepenoes, add them also towards the top or bottom of the "egg" design.
- Arrange the chopped lettuce around the edges of the vegetables, cheese,
- Drizzle with the homemade ranch dressing right before serving.
- You can prep this salad ahead of time by chopping, shredding everything the day before and storing in separate air-tight containers.
- Arrange the salad earlier in the day and cover with plastic wrap. Store the platter in the refrigerator until it is time to serve.
- Drizzle the ranch salad dressing on top right before serving.
- Have extra salad dressing in a bowl for your guests to add more to their plates.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 179Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 87mgSodium: 614mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 10g
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