ideas for mother’s day luncheon

This Mother’s Day, treat all the mothers in your life to a handmade dinner that she won’t have to raise a muscle to make. Allow her to relax and enjoy the day while you get active making one of these delectable yet easy dishes.

Whether you prefer a one-dish meal or a full lunch buffet, we are confident Mama will enjoy any of these Mother’s Day lunch options. From vibrant appetizers like our Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing to indulgent meals like our Creamy Rice with Scallops, these springtime faves are overflowing with color and flavor and are sure to please. After you’ve spoiled Mama with the finest brunch in town, round out your party with a gorgeous Mother’s Day dessert that is almost as lovely as she is. Nothing screams “I Love You” more than a lovingly cooked dinner.

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Jen Causey

If you’re expecting a sizable party to honor Mother’s Day, this large-batch dish is ideal. This egg salad dish, producing 44 finger sandwiches, can be made the day before your gathering and kept (covered) in the refrigerator. This easy recipe makes a deviled egg salad seasoned with powdered salad dressing, Dijon mustard, and sweet pickle relish.

Ham Biscuits

Victor Protasio; Torie Cox, food stylist; Heather Chadduck Hillegas, prop stylist

Nothing beats a soft buttermilk pancake with ham for warmth. Make and refrigerate the cookies up to two weeks ahead of time. Bake the freezer cookies for 12 to 14 minutes at 450°F when ready to serve.

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Jennifer Davick

This poultry salad dish has everything. The hidden component in this dish, which is full of crisp, spicy, and buttery tastes, is fresh minced tarragon. For the greatest taste, toast the nuts before cutting them into this poultry salad.

Slow-Cooker Pork Tacos with Fresh Tomato Salsa

Greg Dupree

On top of these pork tacos is a fresh tomato salsa prepared with tomato, red onion, lime juice, jalapeo, and salt. The greatest thing about this dish is that it is mostly done in the slow cooker. To keep the aromas of the fresh herbs, add them after the pork has been removed from the slow cooker.

Cheese Puffs with Ham Salad

Alison Miksch; Buffy Hargett Miller, prop stylist; Torie Cox, food stylist

This piquant ham salad was best combined with light and fluffy cheese pastries. Begin with smoky, minced ham and add coarsely sliced onions and flat-leaf parsley. Depending on your spice tolerance, season with Creole mustard and cayenne pepper.

Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Becky Luigart Stayner

This delicious and satisfying one-dish dinner. To mop up the gravy, serve with toasted French bread. Lemon, rosemary, and garlic are a powerful combination.

Hot Chicken Salad

Sheri Castle

This Mother’s Day, try this improved variation of a traditional Southern brunch dish. After assembling the delectable chicken salad, garnish with water chestnuts, slivered almonds, and crunchy potato crisps. Fresh lemon juice lends just the right amount of acidic taste.

Fresh Salmon Cakes with Buttermilk Dressing

Antonis Achilleos photographed; Missie Neville Crawford styled the props; and Torie Cox styled the food.

This light and delicious dinner is ready in 30 minutes. Buttermilk sauce is equally at home on a vegetable salad as it is on these salmon cakes. Try to locate salmon from the tail of the fish, which is slimmer, has a little more fat, and is more delicious than slices.

Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese

Victor Protasio; Heather Chadduck Hillegas, prop stylist; Emily Nabors Hall, food stylist

We adore fried chicken and pimiento cheese on their own, so these sandwiches that combine the two are a Southern fantasy. This dish will explode with flavor when you add a buttery mayonnaise spread and shredded sweet Vidalia onions. Use any leftover chicken combination as a condiment.

Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing

Victor Protasio; Audrey Davis, prop stylist; Tina Bell Stamos, food stylist

Try a reduced variation of this traditional dinner dish. When you don’t want to make a disturbance in the kitchen, sheet pan meals are perfect. Begin by roasting the poultry, then add the veggies for a one-pan dinner.

Skillet Pot Pie with Chicken and Spring Vegetables

Antonis Achilleos; Lydia Pursell, prop stylist; Chelsea Zimmer, food stylist

This traditional recipe looks better with frozen puff pastry pieces. Prepare the veggies and cut the poultry up to two days ahead of time to save time on Mother’s Day. Cover the chicken mélange with crispy, buttery pastry pieces to finish the recipe.

Spaghetti Casserole

Jennifer Davick

Your favorite spaghetti dish turned into a gratin. With only eight components, this recipe will quickly become your best method to prepare spaghetti. In addition, using store-bought tomato sauce and tinned vegetables saves time.

Mama’s Fried Chicken

Southern Living

Crispy on the outside and succulent inside. When it comes to making fried chicken for any occasion, you can’t go wrong. For the best outcomes, soak the poultry in buttermilk for at least two hours before cooking.

Cheesy Beef-and-Spinach Ravioli

Antonis Achilleos; Claire Spollen’s prop styling; Torie Cox’s food styling

If Mama chooses, she can substitute minced poultry or fowl for the meat. This warming meal comes together quickly and is ready to serve in about 30 minutes. Garnish with fresh mint if desired.

Strawberry-Spinach Salad

Audrey Davis, prop stylist; Emily Nabors Hall, food stylist

Nothing says “springtime” like a strawberry and lettuce salad. With the addition of minced nuts, shredded blue cheese, and vinaigrette, this salad is one you’ll want to offer at every family meeting. The secret to making this dish is to use the best fruits you can locate.

Heirloom Tomato Pie

Victor Protasio; Heather Chadduck Hillegas, prop stylist; Chelsea Zimmer, food stylist

Roasting the vegetables before baking them adds flavor and prevents them from becoming mushy. Save time by cooking the tomatoes the day before and keeping them in a sealed receptacle in the refrigerator. This classic Southern recipe is enhanced by the Parmesan-Buttermilk topping.

Crab-and-Bacon Linguine

Victor Protasio took the photos, Claire Spollen styled the props, and Torie Cox styled the food.

This shellfish spaghetti is everything you could want in a dish: classy, simple, and delectable. This dish feels elegant enough for a special event but is simple enough to prepare any day of the week. White wine, heavy cream, and bacon sauce complement the buttery giant king crab flawlessly.

Sautéed Radishes with Bacon

Antonis Achilleos; Ginny Branch, prop styling; Torie Cox, food styling

This easy but delicious spring side meal demonstrates that radishes can be used for more than just crudité plates. Hickory pork adds a smokey, flavorful taste to the radishes. Sprinkle with herbs and lemon juice before dishing.

Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Lemon Dressing

Antonis Achilleos photographed; Claire Spollen styled the props; and Chelsea Zimmer styled the food.

This seasonal salad is delectable served cold or at room temperature, making it ideal for entertaining. Depending on your tastes, adjust the quantity of asparagus, sugar snap peas, and English peas. A mild lemon vinaigrette adds vibrant and piquant tastes to this salad.

Radish, Avocado, and Citrus Salad

Antonis Achilleos; Ginny Branch, prop styling; Torie Cox, food styling

If Mama respects a beautiful table, wow her with this vibrant salad. If you need assistance locating watermelon radishes, go to your local farmer’s market because they may not be available at your store. To save time, chop your oranges and grapefruits ahead of time.

Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

Hector Sanchez

This dish is simple to carry and even simpler to savor. This dish contains all of the traditional Southern ingredients: poultry, butter, cheddar, noodles, and a splash of spicy sauce. Adjust the amount of spicy sauce according to your taste.

Chilled Radish-and-Avocado Soup

Antonis Achilleos; Ginny Branch, prop styling; Torie Cox, food styling

Begin your Mother’s Day dinner with a light spring broth. The piquant taste of radishes, spicy sauce, and chili powder is balanced by smooth avocado, acidic buttermilk, and sweet honey. The greatest thing about this dish is that it can be made a day ahead of time.

Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Antonis Achilleo; Christine Keely, prop stylist; Tina Bell Stamos, food stylist

Mama’s beloved seafood and grits were transformed into a one-dish recipe. This meal is as simple to prepare as it is to savor. Serve the “shrimp gravy” or flavorful skillet sauce on the side.

Easy Egg Salad

Victor Protasio; Heather Chadduck Hillegas, prop stylist; Emily Nabors Hall, food stylist

This classic egg salad dish appears lovely on tea sandwiches for Mother’s Day. Begin with well-seasoned hard-cooked eggs and finish with your preferred mayonnaise. Don’t overwork the eggs.

Shrimp Cobb Salad with Bacon Dressing

Antonis Achilleos photographed; Missie Neville Crawford styled the props; and Torie Cox styled the food.

When sprinkled with bacon sauce, this vibrant take on a traditional Cobb feels decadent. Depending on your tastes, you can substitute poultry or prosciutto for the prawns or feta for the blue cheese. This light and healthy dish is sure to please.

Ham and Noodle Casserole

Jen Causey

When a family-friendly dish recipe is set to go from the fridge, hosting is simple. The chive-and-onion scented cream cheese is the casserole’s hidden component. Make one for Mother’s Day and refrigerate the other for another occasion.

Asparagus Quiche

Antonis Achilleos; Christine Keely, prop styling; Tina Bell Stamos, food styling

Mama will be blown away by your plait pastry on this simple and fresh quiche recipe. Using store-bought pie dough saves time. Spring veggies and Gouda cheese work well together.

Creamy Rice with Scallops

Antonis Achilleos photographed; Missie Neville Crawford styled the props; and Torie Cox styled the food.

In this buttery shellfish treat, sweet maize is balanced with savory bacon. For a straightforward meal, combine these components with Arborio rice and marine scallops. Before adding the scallops to the skillet, wipe them dry with a paper towel.

Shrimp-Okra-and-Sausage Kebabs

Antonis Achilleos; Mindi Shapiro Levine, prop stylist; Tina Stamos, food stylist

These skewers are ready in minutes. The secret to properly preparing these is to allow the griddle to heat up before adding the skewers. Smaller okra stalks work best for this dish.

Grilled Shrimp Po’Boys with Quick Rémoulade Sauce

Max Kelly

Our Po’Boys are a playful variation on a Louisiana favorite, prepared with grilled shrimp on a bed of creamy-dressed romaine salad, packed inside a hoagie bun, and toasted. These flavorful sandwiches cook in 15 minutes.

Tangy Slow-Cooker Pork Shoulder

Hector Manuel Sanchez

Serve this slow-cooked pork shoulder with potato salad, baked beans, and plenty of additional sauce for a laid-back Mother’s Day outdoor cookout. The soy sauce, vinegar, and brown sugar syrup give this dish a distinct sweet and piquant taste. This pork is delicious on its own or with a baguette.

Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad

Becky Luigart Stayner

Roast the romaine to brown it for additional taste in a Caesar salad. To make store-bought vinaigrette flavor handmade, add fresh vegetables. Arrange salad garnishes such as Parmesan cheese, black pepper, parsley, and croutons in side plates so that visitors can assist themselves.

Shrimp and Peas with Farfalle

Alison Miksch

Lemony breadcrumbs are a simple way to add additional texture. You can have handmade spaghetti with restaurant-quality flavor in 30 minutes. Finish with the rest of the breadcrumbs, cilantro, black pepper, and lemon juice.

Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Becky Luigart Stayner

This filling meal includes both a vegetable and a gravy. Browning the steaks imparts a rich, mustardy flavor to the skillet sauce. Substitute your preferred apple type, but Granny Smiths work well in this recipe.

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Becky Luigart-Stayner

Prepare this dish and freeze it up to a month before your gathering. This recipe pairs wonderfully with chicken and rice. Toasted almond slices lend a refined touch to this comfort food.

Creamy Spring Pasta Bake

Make this crowd-pleasing spaghetti ahead of time for a no-fuss Mother’s Day brunch. Even fussy diners will fall in love with this buttery roasted spaghetti covered with crunchy breadcrumbs. Time is saved by using pre-chopped broccoli and pre-shredded Parmesan.

Pasta Shells with Spring Vegetables

Alison Miksch

This light meal provides plenty of vegetables while also fulfilling your spaghetti desires. For an unusual decoration, top with pea tendrils (the delicate ends of pea stems). This recipe is the ideal marriage of noodles, cheese, and veggies.

Want to throw the greatest Mother’s Day breakfast ever? Mama will appreciate these Mother’s Day breakfast dishes.

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