24 Recipes for the Fabulous Mother's Day Dinner She Deserves

Make Mom Feel Extra Special This Year

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

The Spruce

Celebrate mom's special day with a homemade dinner that shows how much you care, but also one that's easy to create. We've got everything you need to whip up a delicious Mother's Day dinner for the special women in your life—from moms to sisters, wives, and grandmas—with these simple, elegant springtime recipes.

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    Fennel Avocado Salad

    Fennel Avocado Salad

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    Thinly-sliced fennel, ripe avocado, and zesty red onion mingle in this quick, palate-cleansing starter salad that's both creamy and crunchy. You need only a little good-quality olive oil and fresh-squeezed lemon juice to enhance the flavors of this raw-vegetable salad.

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    Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Phyllo Tart

    Heirloom Tomato and Ricotta Phyllo Tart

    Leah Maroney

    Celebrate heirloom tomatoes by baking them into a gorgeously flaky tart. It's easier to make than it looks, simply made by brushing store-bought phyllo pastry sheets with garlic-infused olive oil and layering ingredients on top. Bake until pastry is browned around the edges, slice into squares, and serve warm.

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    Shrimp Risotto

    Shrimp Risotto

    The Spruce/Leah Maroney

    Creamy, cheesy, and loaded with plump scampi-style shrimp, this indulgent risotto is worth every bit of stirring. Serve it as a side dish or make it the featured course of your Mother's Day dinner. Just prepare it right before you sit down to the table, so mom can enjoy it immediately.

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    Green Pea and Mint Soup

    Green Pea and Mint Soup

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    Bright and velvety, this blended green pea and mint soup is fabulous proof that simple need not equal boring. Prepare it easily on the stove top using fresh or frozen green peas, onion, garlic, mint, and vegetable stock, for a lovely, warming first course at dinner. Top with a swirl of creme fraiche.

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    Bruschetta With Tomatoes and Basil

    Bruschetta With Tomatoes and Basil

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    Bruschetta makes a quick and easy appetizer for any celebration. This classic Italian-style crostini begins with beautifully char-grilled crusty bread, which you rub with garlic and brush with olive oil. Add a fresh mixture of tomatoes and basil on top and it's ready to enjoy.

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    Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Potato Galette

    Roasted Garlic and Caramelized Onion Potato Galette

    The Spruce/Leah Maroney

    Knock mom's socks off with a savory side dish that looks as fantastic as it tastes. Preparing this rustic bistro-style galette with garlic, caramelized onions, and two kinds of cheese requires several steps, but the impressive results are worth it. There is no pastry to worry about and you need only a cast iron skillet for assembly and baking.

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    Baked Salmon Croquettes

    Baked Salmon Croquettes

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    Oven-baked salmon croquettes make an elegant first course without all the fat and calories of deep-frying. Mom will love these satisfyingly crispy breaded patties of the buttery pink fish and you'll love how easy they are to make with canned salmon and a few other ingredients. Make the filling a day ahead if you like and chill in the fridge until baking time.

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    Meyer Lemon Cake

    Meyer Lemon Cake

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    Sweet Meyer lemons give this moist cake an intense, complex citrus flavor. This is one of those rare lemon dessert recipes where you get to use the entire fruit (yes, including peels!), so there's no waste. Decorated with glazed lemon slices, it makes a show stopping finish on Mother's Day.

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  • 09 of 24

    Strawberry Soup

    Strawberry Soup

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Practice your plating skills with a pretty bowl of strawberry soup. The cold berry soup is a fabulous appetizer or dessert. It also has an intriguing taste, with its combination of fresh strawberries, lemon zest, Szechuan pepper, sweetened mascarpone cheese, and balsamic glaze.

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    Sautéed Mushroom, Broccoli Rabe and Freekeh Salad

    Sautéed Mushroom, Broccoli Rabe and Freekeh Salad

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    Assemble this warm salad with savory mushrooms, crisp-tender broccoli rabe, and smoky freekah grains to kick off Mother's Day dinner. The freekah takes some time to cook, but the remaining ingredients come together quickly.

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    Asparagus Salad

    Asparagus Salad

    The Spruce/Elaine Lemm

    Grassy asparagus spears and vibrant broccolini greens are the stars of this seasonal salad that includes feta cheese, peas, and a lusciously creamy avocado-lime dressing. You only need a few minutes to saute the veggie stalks before assembling them with other ingredients.

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    Spring Greens and Beans With Lemon Ginger Butter

    Spring Greens and Beans With Lemon Ginger Butter

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    Use young cabbage leaves or baby kale, along with snappy green beans, for this super-easy spring side dish. Lightly steaming the veggies retains all of their nutrition, while maximizing flavor, and the ginger and lemon butter sauce is delicious.

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    Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast

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    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    A perfect main for spring, spinach and artichoke stuffed chicken is delicious and not difficult to make. The chicken breasts are flattened and sliced open, then stuffed with baby spinach, artichoke hearts, and mascarpone. Even the lemon cream sauce is made in the same pan, so clean up is easy.

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    Tilapia Piccata

    Tilapia Piccata

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    Seafood-loving moms will delight in this tasty, healthier version of the classic Italian dish. What's not to love about buttery pan-fried tilapia fillets cooked in a lemony white wine sauce with briny capers? Serve the fish topped with pan sauce and sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley.

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    Orange and Garlic Pork Tenderloin Medallions

    Orange and Garlic Pork Tenderloin Medallions

    The Spruce/Diana Rattray

    Tender orange and garlic glazed pork tenderloin medallions are lean, tasty, and cook quickly in the oven. Don't skip the step of searing off the pork on both sides, which boots the flavor of this lean and mild meat, before you slather it in mouth-watering sauce, to finish in the oven.

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    Pasta With Edamame, Mint, and Basil Pesto

    Pasta With Edamame, Mint, and Basil Pesto

    Laura Agra

    Mint-basil pesto adds fabulous spring-like flavor to this easy, five-ingredient recipe that includes protein-rich edamame beans. Reserve a little pasta cooking water to stir back into noodles when you add the pesto, for the perfect, creamy consistency. Top with grated Parmesan cheese for serving.

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    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

    Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

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    Swirled with jam, this raspberry cheesecake is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. Make it early in the day, so it has time to chill. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving and garnished with fresh berries.

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    Lemon Chicken Thighs With Jerusalem Artichokes

    Lemon Chicken Thighs With Jerusalem Artichokes

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    Treat mom to a luscious, creamy chicken dinner with this springtime recipe inspired that includes a unique ingredient that might be new to mom—the Jerusalem artichoke, or sunchoke, a tasty root vegetable is completely unrelated to the artichoke you may be more familiar with. The dish is made entirely on the stove top—start by browning chicken thighs to develop flavor and finish it with a lemony cream sauce.

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    Paloma Cocktail

    Paloma Cocktail

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    A popular cocktail in Mexico, the Paloma is a fruity, thirst-quenching tequila concoction with fabulous fizz. Mix up a batch with mom's favorite brand of tequila, grapefruit soda, and fresh lime juice, and serve in salt-rimmed glasses.

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    Crustless Spinach and Ricotta Pie

    Crustless Spinach and Ricotta Pie

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    Whether you serve it as an appetizer, or a light main course with a salad, mom is sure to love this Mediterranean-style spinach and ricotta pie. It is super-easy to prepare with beaten eggs, spring vegetables, ricotta and Parmesan cheeses, and requires no pastry.

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    Lemony Greek Potatoes With Oregano and Garlic

    Lemony Greek Potatoes With Oregano and Garlic

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    Lemony Greek potatoes with crispy, browned edges, and soft, fluffy interiors, are a tasty pairing for fish and chicken entrees. This clever recipe with oregano and garlic skips fussy par-boiling, instead asking you to add water to the roasting pan. When the dish is covered tightly, and placed into a hot oven, steam is created, yielding ultra-tender potatoes.

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    Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

    Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

    The Spruce

    No dessert says spring quite like strawberry shortcake piled high on split homemade biscuits, with fresh whipped cream and sliced ripe strawberries. This easy-to-follow recipe yields enough individual shortcakes for everyone in the family to enjoy their own on mom's big day.

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    Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

    Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

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    Welcome mom to her dinner party with an elegant and refreshing cocktail. Made with blueberry-lavender simple syrup, plus vodka, and fresh lime juice, this swanky soda spritzer looks as delightful as it tastes. Be sure to grab a sprig or two of culinary lavender to use as garnish.

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    Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

    Chocolate Mint Cupcakes

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    For the chocolate-loving moms, these cupcakes should do the trick. Chopped mint candies add gorgeous brightness to rich chocolate cupcakes that start with a boxed mix. The minty cream cheese frosting is quick and easy to whip up. Feel free to add any extra decorations you like, from colorful candy sprinkles to chocolate shavings.