20 Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas to Celebrate Mom

published Apr 27, 2023
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Mother’s Day wouldn’t be complete without an impressive lunch to celebrate mom (think: flavorful quiche, brunch-style bakes, springtime soups, 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 caprese salads, creamy Alfredo-like pastas, juicy meatloaf burgers, and a big savory pancake 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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Parmesan-Herb Dutch Baby with Garlic-Butter Mushrooms
This savory Dutch baby, topped with saucy garlicky mushrooms, is an easy and impressive vegetarian dinner. To make it extra substantial, top slices with a fried or poached egg.
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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 a celebratory meal.
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Cream of Artichoke Soup
Earthy artichoke hearts are simmered with aromatics, blended, and then strained to deliver a silky-smooth soup just in time for spring.
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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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Cucumber Sandwich

These tea sandwiches are made with herbs and seasoned cream cheese and thin-sliced cucumbers.

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Creamy Greek Yogurt Pasta

A creamy yet super-bright pasta recipe that uses Greek yogurt to create a creamy, Alfredo-like sauce.

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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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Chickpea Caesar Salad Wraps

A vegetarian spin on the chicken Caesar salad wrap with crunchy spiced chickpeas, sourdough croutons, and a creamy tahini-based Caesar dressing.

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Spring Tortellini Soup with Peas and Asparagus
This tortellini soup is the perfect dish to transition us from the winter cold into the gently warmer spring.
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Strawberry Arugula Salad

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

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Grilled Mahi Mahi with Mango Salsa
A simple yet delicious fish taco paired with fresh mango salsa.
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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.

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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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Meatloaf Burgers

Craving meatloaf, but you're short on time? Make meatloaf burgers. Shaping into patties means is a fast-track solution to getting extra crispyness in every bite!

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Braised Cauliflower and White Bean Piccata
A bright vegetable-forward piccata that’s punchy with flavor and inexpensive to pull together.
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Sheet Pan Mozzarella-Topped Chicken Cutlets

Chicken breasts are sliced into cutlets — chicken Parmesan-style — then cooked alongside creamy white beans, silky red onions, juicy tomatoes, and garlic.

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Instant Pot Pulled Porchetta Sandwiches

In this sandwich, tender Porchetta-style pulled pork is piled onto crusty rolls and stacked with lots of arugula and slices of quick-pickled Fresno chiles for a balanced flavor.

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Mashed Potato and Bacon Pizza
Inspired by the best pizza I've ever had, this easy homemade pizza is topped with creamy mashed potatoes, loads of cheese, and salty bacon.
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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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The Best 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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