Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // Tried and Tasty

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

If you’ve been around Tried and Tasty for a little while, you know that there are certain things I’m trying to cut out of my kitchen. Artificial food coloring is one of them, I’ll talk more about that in a moment. With Easter rapidly approaching, I knew that mom’s everywhere would soon be thinking about coloring Easter eggs for the hunts that will be taking place all over the country! I mean, who doesn’t love coloring eggs in prep for the big festivities? I know I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my fair share of dunking hard boiled eggs in the kitchen in dye and decorating over the years. In fact, if you missed it, I’ve got a great way to hard boil a large amount of eggs all at once. Check out yesterday’s post for Oven Baked Hard Boiled Eggs! It will make your life so much easier as you’re trying to handle putting baskets together, hiding eggs, and whipping together a wonderful meal all at the same time. 

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty So how about that getting rid of artificial food coloring eh? I’ve touched a teeny bit on why I’m kicking certain things out of my kitchen in My Weight Loss Story (if you haven’t checked it out, it’s a great read!). What it comes down to is there have been studies that show the harmful effects of artificial food coloring. I’ve read about it, I’ve watched documentaries on it, and I’ve really been strongly motivated to find natural alternatives. Food Matters, one of the documentaries I’ve watched has an excellent article ‘The Dark Side of Food Colors (Plus Natural Coloring Alternatives)‘ that is worth a look. My first experiment was with my Chocolate Mint Trifle. I tinted the cool whip with spinach juice to create a light green coloring. It worked beautifully and you couldn’t taste any sort of difference.

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // Tried and Tasty

We’ve always got fruits and vegetables on hand, as my husband is a juicing fiend. I knew it would be easy to gather exactly what I needed to have a wide variety of colors. Brown onions, red onions, beets, blueberries, spinach, red cabbage, turmeric, and paprika. I was so excited to find out how each would turn out. For my experiment I decided to try the dye on both white & brown eggs. Most people dye with white, but I figured it would be nice to have a reference for each type. You can almost tell for each of the colors. In the pairs, you’ll find that the brown dyed egg is always on the left. The white dyed egg is on the right. 

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

I was pleasantly surprised by all of them! In fact, it’s hard to pick a favorite. I like each one in their own way. I must say I was probably most impressed with the blueberries and most shocked by the red cabbage. It doesn’t make sense to me that red cabbage would create a blue dye. Does that shock you too? Or am I missing something obvious that should be clicking in my brain… but isn’t. I wished out of all of them that the green would have been darker (maybe because green is my favorite color?). After it was all said and done, I would have liked to have tried the green with kale or collard greens (both of which we also keep on hand for juicing). Maybe even a spinach/kale/collard combo would have made for a beautiful rich and vibrant green. Next time.

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

I know the question you are probably all thinking: did it affect the taste of your boiled eggs? Surprise: NO! Plus, even if it did, I feel a whole lot more comfortable with spinach juice seeping in to my egg than red #5. I’ve even eaten them plain – not mixed into Healthy Avocado & Egg Salad Sandwiches or my Creamy Greek Yogurt Egg Salad Recipe (both of which are fantastic recipes might I add!). So, without further adieu, let’s get to the recipes shall we?

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

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A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs!
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379 calories
78 g
0 g
3 g
11 g
1 g
5181 g
360 g
34 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
5181g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 379
Calories from Fat 25
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
4%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 360mg
15%
Total Carbohydrates 78g
26%
Dietary Fiber 19g
76%
Sugars 34g
Protein 11g
Vitamin A
48%
Vitamin C
267%
Calcium
38%
Iron
67%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Blue
  1. 1/4 head red cabbage
  2. 2 tbsp white vinegar
  3. 4 c. water
Yellow/Light Orange
  1. 3 tbsp. turmeric
  2. 3 tbsp. white vinegar
  3. 6 c. water.
Dark Orange
  1. 3-4 brown onions; outside skins removed
  2. 4 c. water.
  3. 3 tbsp. white vinegar
Pink/Lavender
  1. 1 c. beets, chopped
  2. 4 c. water
  3. 3 tbsp. white vinegar
Blue
  1. Cut cabbage into chunks and add to boiling water. Stir in vinegar. Let cool to room temperature and remove cabbage with a slotted spoon. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Yellow/Light Orange
  1. Add water, turmeric, and vinegar to pot; Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Dark Orange
  1. Add water, brown onion skins, and vinegar to pot; Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Pink/Lavender
  1. Pour water into pot and add beets. Bring water to a boil, add vinegar. Dip the eggs and leave until the desired shade of pink/lavender.
Notes
  1. For the colors I achieved, I left all of my eggs in the dye overnight.
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calories
379
fat
3g
protein
11g
carbs
78g
more
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Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

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A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs!
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310 calories
65 g
0 g
3 g
9 g
1 g
3113 g
194 g
31 g
0 g
2 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
3113g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310
Calories from Fat 29
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 194mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 65g
22%
Dietary Fiber 17g
70%
Sugars 31g
Protein 9g
Vitamin A
304%
Vitamin C
96%
Calcium
30%
Iron
36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Dark Purple
  1. 1 c. frozen blueberries
  2. 1 c. water
Tan/Light Brown
  1. 2 tbsp. paprika into
  2. 1 c. water
  3. 2 tsp. white vinegar
Dark Brown
  1. 3-4 red onions; outside skins removed
  2. 4 c. water.
  3. 3 tbsp. white vinegar
Green
  1. 3 c. spinach
  2. 4 c. water.
  3. 3 tbsp. white vinegar
Dark Purple
  1. Add water and blueberries to pot; Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Tan/Light Brown
  1. Stir paprika into boiling water; add vinegar. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Dark Brown
  1. Add water, red onion skins, and vinegar to pot; Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Green
  1. Add water, spinach, and vinegar to pot; Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Allow the ingredients to simmer for 30 minutes. Strain dye into a bowl. Dye eggs for as little as 30 minutes, up to over-night.
Notes
  1. For the colors I achieved, I left all of my eggs in the dye overnight.
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calories
310
fat
3g
protein
9g
carbs
65g
more
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Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes // A great alternative to using artificial food coloring for dying your Easter eggs! | Tried and Tasty

I gathered these fabulous ideas from the following places: In The Know: Make Easter Eggs With Natural Ingredients, Martha Stewart: Dyeing Eggs Naturally, The Kitchn: Vibrant Eggs, Dyed Naturally, & BHG: All-Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes. For more great ideas on how to stock your kitchen with healthy options check out these other great posts:

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34 comments about “Natural Easter Egg Dye Recipes

    1. Yvonne

      Thank you Lauren – I LOVE this post too! Seriously. It probably ranks in top three of my favs! So happy you liked it – thanks for the Pinterest love!

  1. Amber @ Dessert Now, Dinner Later!

    These are so cool! And you could never get those deep colors with artificial colorings.

    1. Yvonne

      Thank you so much! I’m definitely going to start incorporating natural dyes from now on – I may have missed your round-up, but if not – you are welcome to feature it!

  2. Laurie

    Oh, so cool! I am assuming for an overnight soak, you are putting them in the fridge? Also, I so knew about the purple cabbage because I added it to a soup once when I didn’t have green cabbage on hand. I thought, oh this will be pretty, but it turned blue and did not look very appetizing at all!

    1. Yvonne

      Yes! Great question – didn’t even think to mention that. I did put them in the fridge overnight. Bummer about your soup!

  3. Jesseca Hallows

    I want to print out these pictures and use them as kitchen decor. Seriously so pretty! I also had no idea about natural dies. We normally skip the egg coloring all together because I’m freaked out about it!

    1. Yvonne

      Well, it’s a little late I’m sure – but ask Laurie said – you will want to cool the liquid first to room temp and then submerse your eggs for 30 minutes to overnight. If you tried it already, I hope it turned out for you – I love the color the natural dyes give!!

  4. Laurie

    Thanks Yvonne! My eggs turned out beautiful. I did three of your colors (pink, yellow, and blue) and then I tried a brown adapted from dye for Chinese crackled egg recipe using tea bags and soy sauce. Very fun!

    To Maisie’s question above; you want to let your dyes cool to room temp before adding the eggs or you will end up cooking your eggs longer in the hot liquid. 🙂

    1. Yvonne

      Awesome! I’m so happy you tried it! So much fun for sure – and thank you for helping with Maisie’s question – things have been a little hectic, so I was a little behind on replying to comments… but now I’m all caught up!

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