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15 Recipes for a Hamless, Lambless Vegetarian Easter

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As far as holidays go, Easter is a pretty good one for vegetarians (second only to Thanksgiving, the Championship of Side Dishes). There are pillowy, yeasty breads, a springy push of salads, literal and symbolic eggs galore, potatoes abound, and the ubiquitous tray of asparagus. But beyond that, the focus shifts to the ham or lamb, reigning meaty and supreme as the centerpiece of the buffet.

This year, vegetarian or otherwise, turn the spotlight on the vegetables; for a holiday so oriented around newness and springtime, there's no way we'd rather do it:

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Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Renee Erickson's Sautéed Dates
Torta Pasqualina (Easter Chard and Ricotta Pie)
Torta Pasqualina (Easter Chard and Ricotta Pie)
Spring Fennel & Dandelion Green Slaw
Spring Fennel & Dandelion Green Slaw
Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream
Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream
Fresh Herb Platter (Sabzi Khordan)
Fresh Herb Platter (Sabzi Khordan)
 Spring Vegetarian Cassoulet
Spring Vegetarian Cassoulet
Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herbs, and Cheese
Georgian Khachapuri Filled with Ramps, Green Onions, Herbs, and Cheese
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Artichoke
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms & Artichoke
Engin Atkin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)
Engin Atkin's Turkish Radish and Herb Salad (Anatolian Gypsy Salad)
Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Meyer Lemon Focaccia
Alice B. Toklas' Asparagus in Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Alice B. Toklas' Asparagus in Salt & Pepper Whipped Cream
Vegan Date Nut Bread
Vegan Date Nut Bread
Vegan Lemon Asparagus Risotto
Vegan Lemon Asparagus Risotto
Shakshuka Focaccia
Shakshuka Focaccia

What are your favorite veg-focused Easter dishes? Tell us what you'll be serving in the comments.


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Tags: brunch, easter brunch, vegetarian brunch recipes