30 Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas to Celebrate Mom

updated May 9, 2024
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Crustless quiche in a large baking pan
Credit: Joe Lingeman

Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without an impressive lunch to celebrate mom (think: flavorful quiches, springtime salads, and big sandwiches!). But you don’t have to make a reservation at a fancy restaurant to treat her to a great, impressive meal.

Below is a collection of recipes that will help you show lots of love to the moms in your life, including tortellini salads, puff pastry tarts, fresh chopped salads, and a big charcuterie board or antipasto platter for the table. Let’s flip through some of the best ideas to serve up for lunch this Mother’s Day. 

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Big, Beautiful Grilled Chicken Salad

Packed with bright, fresh, bold flavors and juicy strips of chicken breast, this is the grilled chicken salad Mom won't get enough of.

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Easiest-Ever Crustless Quiche

Crustless quiche is similar to a traditional quiche where it has savory egg custard loaded with cheese and mix-ins, but it’s baked without a pie crust. Serve it alongside your favorite salad for Mother's Day lunch.

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Mediterranean-Style Chopped Salad with Oregano Vinaigrette

This vegetarian chopped salad — packed with farro, chickpeas, and plenty of fresh veggies— gets even better as it sits.

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Charcuterie Board

A step-by-step guide to shopping and putting together the ultimate charcuterie board for Mother's Day. Add little bowls of dips and pickled vegetables for some variety.

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Perfect Quiche

With its savory custard and flaky crust, this Mother's Day brunch (and lunch!) classic feels fancy, and it's surprisingly easy to make.

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Tortellini Salad with Marinated Artichokes and Feta

Cheesy tortellini pockets are tossed with marinated artichokes, fresh veggies, feta cheese, briny olives, and a bright lemon vinaigrette.

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Spanakopita Kale Salad

With briny feta crumbles, crunchy toasted walnuts, and zippy herbs, this chopped kale salad tastes just like spanakopita, the iconic Greek savory pie.

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Muffuletta

Invented in New Orleans, the muffuletta sandwich features an olive salad, Italian deli meats, and cheeses. One giant sandwich is known for feeding several people – perfect for Mother's Day lunch!

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Vegetarian Italian Chopped Salad

This make-ahead friendly salad is packed with crunchy veggies and tossed in a garlicky oregano vinaigrette.

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Ham, Asparagus & Gruyère Tart

A buttery, flaky puff pastry tart crowned with roasted asparagus, diced ham, and a cheesy egg custard.

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Chopped Greek Salad with Grilled Steak

Grilled skirt steak turns a regular Greek salad into a hearty main dish that's full of crunchy veggies and feta cheese in a lemon-oregano vinaigrette.

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Spinach Quiche

This foolproof recipe can be made with either fresh or frozen spinach, depending on what you have. It's perfect for Mother's Day brunch or lunch!

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Strawberry Arugula Salad

A simple five-ingredient recipe for arugula salad with fresh strawberries, pistachios, and fresh basil.

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Antipasto Platter

This abundant Italian spread of cured meat, cheese, marinated vegetables, and more is the ultimate Mother's Day lunch. Like building a charcuterie board, pulling together a platter of antipasti is a creative endeavor.

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Caramelized Leek, Spinach, and Goat Cheese Tart

Balsamic vinegar and Dijon mustard are flavor standouts in this mouth-watering veggie tart made with puff pastry.

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Chicken Salad

Grapes shouldn’t work, but they really, really do! Serve this classic chicken salad on a bed of greens or on a flaky croissant for the perfect Mother's Day lunch.

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Parmesan-Herb Dutch Baby with Garlic-Butter Mushrooms

This savory Dutch baby, topped with saucy garlicky mushrooms, is an easy and impressive vegetarian Mother's Day lunch. To make it extra substantial, top slices with a fried egg.

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Grilled Eggplant Caprese

To tuck in more seasonality in between the red, white, and green layers of a caprese salad, look towards grilled eggplant.

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Tuscan Tortellini Salad with Spinach and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

An easy pasta salad with cheese tortellini, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach tossed in a balsamic dressing.

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Tangy Cucumber Avocado Salad

Crisp, refreshing cucumbers and creamy, buttery avocado are tossed with cilantro vinaigrette and quick-picked red onion in this vibrant salad.

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Easy Chicken Shawarma Salad

It’s fast, flavorful, and easy to make — the trifecta of a staple recipe! What sets this apart from all other salads? A trick using rotisserie chicken that delivers the fastest shawarma.

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Antipasto Bites

These mini skewers take everything you’d see on a traditional antipasto platter and present a little taste of each element on a personal skewer.

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Asparagus Quiche

Baking this quiche in a deep-dish pie shell means there's plenty of room for tender asparagus, feta cheese, scallions, and creamy custard.

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Chicken Souvlaki

This platter of grilled chicken skewers, fresh vegetables, and warm pita is simple yet satisfying. Don't forget the creamy tzatziki sauce!

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Tortellini with Asparagus, Peas & Crispy Bacon

An easy recipe for cheese tortellini with bacon, asparagus, and peas in a light cream sauce.

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Antipasto Salad

This satisfying salad is packed with all good things from an Italian antipasto spread like salami, marinated vegetables, cheese, and olives.

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Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Pistachio-Avocado Relish

A few nifty tricks and a flavorful relish helps tenderize chicken breast and keep it succulent.

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Everything Bagel Hummus Bowl

All the things you love about a smoked salmon bagel in one satisfying (and gluten-free) bowl.

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Wild Mushroom Tart

This savory, 5-ingredient tart boasts ultra-flaky puff pastry blanketed with layers of nutty Gruyère and a medley of wild mushrooms.

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Warm Spinach-Artichoke Salad with Quinoa Crunchies

It’s a bright, warming bowl for spring, whether as a meatless main or a vegetable-packed side to round out your Mother's Day meal.

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