Treat Mom to a Special Mother's Day Lunch (2024)

She'll love hearing the words, "lunch is served!"

By Micaela Bahn
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There are so many wonderful ways to make Mother's Day special. Of course, Mom deserves to be treated in more ways than one so we've rounded up the best Mother's Day lunch recipes that will make her afternoon one she never forgets. After all, nothing will make her feel more pampered and special than a relaxing day filled with all her favorite foods. (And maybe an at-home manicure? 😉 ) So, go ahead and whip up one of the sandwiches, salads, or quiche recipes ahead. Then, don't forget to serve her one of our sweet Mother's Day desserts.

If your mom is anything like Ree Drummond, she'll appreciate a good pasta recipe like the shrimp pesto pasta, the asparagus pasta, or even the chicken Caesar pasta salad. While some of these recipes lean towards comfort foods, others are great for a lightened-up meal or a Mother's Day tea party. Looking to take your lunch outdoors? Try the grilled salmon, turkey burgers, or the Waldorf salad that's perfect for a picnic in the park! While many of these Mother's Day lunches are elegant enough for a sit-down meal, they're also quick and easy lunch recipes so you can get back to spending quality time with Mom.


Crustless Quiche

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Skip the fuss of making pie dough and try this crustless quiche instead! It's such an easy and delicious way to serve up eggs, sausage, hash browns, veggies, and cheese.

Get Ree's Crustless Quiche recipe.




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This colorful salad is like a celebration of fresh herbs! You can serve it up with grilled steak, chicken, or fish. The options are endless.

Get the Tabbouleh recipe.


Chicken BLT with Pimento Cheese

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Moms are special so they deserve a special sandwich. And this BLT will do the trick. Along with the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato, it's made hearty with grilled chicken cutlets and pimento cheese.

Get Ree's Chicken BLT with Pimento Cheese recipe.

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Green Goddess Salmon Grain Bowls

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Treat mom like the goddess she is with this recipe for green goddess grain bowls. They're filled with flaky oven-roasted salmon, snap peas, avocado, and sunflower seeds.

Get Ree's Green Goddess Salmon Grain Bowls recipe.


Oven BBQ Chicken

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Sometimes all Mom wants is a sweet and smoky BBQ chicken! And this recipe is sure to satisfy her cravings. You can make it in the oven so you don't even have to bother with firing up the grill.

Get Ree's Oven BBQ Chicken recipe.



Spring Pea Pesto Pasta Salad

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It's fresh, it's herby, and it's packed with crispy prosciutto! There are so many reasons to love this springy pasta salad. But the lemon-parmesan breadcrumbs might just be our favorite.

Get the Spring Pea Pesto Pasta Salad recipe.

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Lemon-Herb Chicken with Snap Pea Salad

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These chicken thighs are bright and herby thanks to a marinade made with lemon, parsley, basil, and garlic. Serving them up alongside a fluffy bed of couscous and a crunchy salad of sliced sugar snap peas is perfect for spring.

Get Ree's Lemon-Herb Chicken with Snap Pea Salad recipe.


Lobster Rolls

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Make Mom feel special with lobster for lunch! The chilled lobster salad-style rolls will make her feel like she's on a vacation to coastal New England.

Get the Lobster Rolls recipe.


Caprese Frittata

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This frittata made with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and herby pesto is so simple. It only takes 35 minutes to make.

Get Ree's Caprese Frittata recipe.

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Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Take lunch outdoors with this easy recipe for grilled shrimp skewers. You can serve them up over your favorite salad or pair them with a bowl of rice or pasta.

Get the Grilled Shrimp Skewers recipe.



Avocado Toast

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Here's a fun way to get creative with lunch: Prepare an assortment of toppings to pair with classic avocado toast. You can set out bowls of pico de gallo, chopped mango, or scrambled eggs and bacon. Then, let Mom build her own.

Get the Avocado Toast recipe.


Waldorf Salad

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Nothing says "ladies lunch" quite like this New York City-inspired salad. It's an ode to the big apple with chunks of Granny Smith and Honey Crisp, along with grapes, celery, and a creamy dressing.

Get the Waldorf Salad recipe.

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Asparagus Quiche

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Tender spring asparagus is the star of this beautiful quiche. You can make it ahead of time and serve it at room temperature for an easy afternoon feast.

Get the Asparagus Quiche recipe.


Grilled Salmon

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Don't be intimidated by grilling salmon. It only takes a couple of minutes and it comes out flaky every time. Plus, the dijon marinade ensures optimal flavor.

Get the Grilled Salmon recipe.


Avocado Salad

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Buttery avocado, juicy tomatoes, and crunchy cucumber make this salad a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. For an extra pop of flavor, there's also a zesty salsa verde dressing.

Get the Avocado Salad recipe.


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Tea Sandwiches

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Surprise mom with a tea-themed party for the afternoon. It's easy to do with an assortment of teas, your best dishes, and these mini finger sandwiches featuring curried chicken salad, smoked salmon and cucumber, or ham and cheddar.

Get the Tea Sandwiches recipe.


Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

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If comfort food is what you're after, look no further than this twist on biscuits and gravy. It all comes together in a casserole dish so it's great for making ahead.

Get the Biscuits and Gravy Casserole recipe.


Radish Salad

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You can make this crunchy side dish with just about any main course! Try it with grilled steaks, chicken, fish, or even just your mom's favorite sandwich.

Get the Radish Salad recipe.

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Asparagus Pasta

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This pasta recipe is simple yet so flavorful thanks to the creamy, lemony, cheesy sauce. Oh, and the crispy bits of bacon don't hurt either!

Get the Asparagus Pasta recipe.


Egg Salad

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There are so many different ways to spin homemade egg salad. You can play around with different combinations of celery, bell peppers, herbs, and spices. Then, serve it over a salad or even on sandwiches. The options are endless!

Get the Egg Salad recipe.


Treat Mom to a Special Mother's Day Lunch (2024)


How can I make mother's Day more special? ›

Depending upon what your mom likes, there are several fun ways to celebrate Mother's day with her some of which we have listed below.
  1. Breakfast in Bed. ...
  2. Give Her Flowers. ...
  3. Give Your Mom a Day Off. ...
  4. Throw A Surprise Party. ...
  5. Spend a Day Together. ...
  6. Surprise Her with a Lovely Gift. ...
  7. Pamper Her.

Why do we honor mothers on mother's day? ›

The official Mother's Day holiday arose in the 1900s as a result of the efforts of Anna Jarvis, daughter of Ann Reeves Jarvis. Following her mother's 1905 death, Anna Jarvis conceived of Mother's Day as a way of honoring the sacrifices mothers made for their children.

What is the number one thing mothers want for Mother's Day? ›

Time With Family

This one is big for my wife. It seems weird to spend Mother's or Father's Day without our kids since they are the reason we are parents. So many moms want to have a fun day with their kids, but they don't want to have to plan it or execute it. They just want to come along for the ride.

What is sold the most on Mother's Day? ›

Jewelry has always been a top-spending Mother's Day gift. According to the 2023 NFR survey, 44% of consumers were planning to gift jewelry, up from 41% in 2022. The total spending on jewelry might reach a whopping $7.8 billion. Here are the top ideas for you to sell personalized jewelry this holiday.

What is the most common Mother's Day? ›

However, in 1949 it was changed to the second Sunday in May aligning with the most common date for Mother's Day around the world.

What are the 7 ways to honor your mother? ›

Whether you share memories, make a memory book, write a letter, have a picnic, enjoy music together, watch a movie or show, or create art, the most important thing is to spend quality time with your mom and to show her how much you love and appreciate her.

What does God say about Mother's Day? ›

What Does The Bible Say About Mothers Day? The Bible consistently asks followers to honor and love their mothers. Examples of this can be seen in Exodus 20:12, “Honor your father and your mother,” and Leviticus 19:3, “Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father.”

What do you say to all mothers on Mother's Day? ›

Happy Mother's Day Messages
  • “Happy Mothers Day! ...
  • ”I love you and wish you the best Mothers Day!”
  • “Wishing you a calm and relaxing Mothers Day. ...
  • “Thank you for every hug, word of encouragement, and acts of love you've given me. ...
  • “Happy Mother's Day!
7 days ago

How do you make your mom feel loved? ›

How to Make Your Mom Feel Special This Mother's Day
  1. Breakfast in Bed.
  2. Create a Heartfelt Card or Write Her a Poem.
  3. Give Her a Bouquet of Her Favorite Flowers.
  4. Treat Her to a Spa Day.
  5. Make Her a Gift Basket Full of All Her Favorite Goodies.

How can I make my mother's day special without money? ›

How to Get Free or Discounted Tickets to Shows, Parks and Museums.
  1. Give Her Some Free Time. ...
  2. Take Your Mom for a Walk. ...
  3. Binge-Watch a Favorite TV Show Together.
  4. Take Your Mom to Lunch. ...
  5. Make Your Mom Lunch. ...
  6. Give Your Mom a Handmade Coupon Book. ...
  7. Create a Memory. ...
  8. Give a Sentimental Gift.

What is the best caption for mom? ›

Short And Sweet Happy Mother's Day Quotes
  • “All that I am, or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” — ...
  • “A mother is the one who fills your heart in the first place.” — ...
  • “Mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” — ...
  • “A mother's love is more beautiful than any fresh flower.” —
Apr 23, 2024

How do you treat your mother? ›

Mother dearest: 20 ways to love your mum
  1. Accept that you can't change her. ...
  2. Ask her about her childhood. ...
  3. Recognise that what most bugs you about her is yourself. ...
  4. Be sensitive to generational differences – but don't put up with prejudice. ...
  5. Ask her about her life now. ...
  6. Find time to be together.
Mar 21, 2020

How do you make your mom day yes? ›

Be honest about what you want to do. If your mom knows of your plans, she'll be more likely to work with you to find a solution you can both agree on. Explain the reasons why you want to do something or go somewhere. Showing your excitement and explaining what you'll gain from the experience might just win her over.

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