25 Mother’s Day Lunch Ideas

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It’s almost here- May brings Mother’s Day! And whether you have a mom, bonus-mom, grandmom, aunt-mom, friend who acts like a mom, or even a dad who was your mom, it’s time to celebrate and make Mother’s Day Meal Planning memorable and delicious. We’re here to celebrate all the special relationships that make this day meaningful. 

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Let’s make Mom’s afternoon unforgettable with some fantastic recipes that you can serve as lunch. From her favorite sandwich, salad, or burger to a delicious appetizer, dip, or dessert, there are a million calories to make mom feel special.

cucumber pepper salad on a white serving tray.

Cucumber Pepper Salad

Crunchy cucumbers and bell peppers tossed in a light vinaigrette make a fantastic lunch salad that Mom will definitely approve of.

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open faced slider buns with chopped italian meats and cheeses being added on top.

Italian Sliders

Chopped Italian meats and cheeses loaded up on slider buns are a no-bake mini sandwich that everyone will enjoy. We recommend pepperoni, ham, and salami for the ultimate bite.

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golden potato salad

Classic Potato Salad

If you already have a lunch planned, creamy potato salad is typically the perfect side dish. There are many different versions, but this one is our favorite.

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apple breakfast break for mothers day.

Apple Breakfast Bake

This warm, comforting dish is filled with apples and cinnamon, making it a sweet start to Mother’s Day or a lovely brunch item.

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easy homemade fudge stacked in the kitchen.

No Fail Fudge

If you are just dropping by to say hi and not staying for a long lunch, do not drop by empty-handed. Make mom a batch of homemade fudge for a dessert she can enjoy all day.

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whipped topping ambrosia salad recipe.

Ambrosia Salad

Perfect alongside a sandwich, this easy fruit salad recipe is full of fruit, marshmallows, and Cool Whip. This isn’t our only fruit salad, but it is definitely one of our favorites.

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red onion pea salad.

Pea Salad

Our readers rave about this spring pea salad, which is loaded with creamy peas, cheddar chunks, and red onions. It’s good enough to be a meal on its own.

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sandwiches on a plate.

Cucumber Sandwich

Mini tea-time cucumber sandwiches with herbed cream cheese and thin slices of cucumber are a refreshing lunch that will keep Mom full but not too full to see what you make her for dinner.

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air fryer salmon.

Air Fryer Salmon

The recipe is simple and takes about 10 minutes in the air fryer, making it perfect for a healthy and speedy meal.

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holding a chicken club sandwich.

Chicken Club

Crunchy cucumbers and bell peppers tossed in a light vinaigrette make a fantastic lunch salad that Mom will definitely approve of.

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Hawaiian Kings roll with tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese.


Sliders of all kinds are a great lunch choice for this and all holidays!

Egg Salad

Perfect for sandwiches or as a side, this classic Egg Salad is creamy, seasoned just right, and has a hint of mustard and paprika. Serve as a sandwich or with crackers.

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tomato and onion salad.

Tomato and Onion Salad

Sliced beefsteak tomatoes and red onions marinated with balsamic vinegar and fresh herbs are a light salad choice. This dish is not only a feast for the eyes but also the taste buds.

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cucumber dip with cucumber slice.

Cucumber Dip

Have you tried the refreshing cucumber dip? It’s Keto-friendly, creamy, and ideal served with sliced cucumbers. Absolutely a favorite here; we know Mom will love it.

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cherry cobbler recipe.

Cherry Cobbler

Sweet cherries topped with a golden biscuit crust, this Cherry Cobbler is a delightful dessert best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream

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burrata salad piled high.

Burrata Caprese

Indulge in the creamy delight of Burrata Salad, where fresh burrata pairs wonderfully with arugula and a vibrant blend of cherry tomatoes and basil.

large white bowl of classic macaroni salad.

Macaroni Salad

This creamy and comforting salad features elbow macaroni, celery, and bell peppers tossed in a rich mayonnaise-based dressing.

bowtie pesto pasta salad ready to serve.

Pesto Pasta

Pesto Pasta Salad is vibrant with flavors of basil pesto and mixed with pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, and pine nuts, perfect for a picnic. Super potluck popular.

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chip full of taco dip.

Taco Dip

This Taco Dip is layered with flavors: ground beef, creamy cheese, and fresh toppings. It’s ideal for scooping up with crispy tortilla chips. Not just mom will love this one.

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Crockpot Tortellini makes lunch easy and delicious—just set it in the morning and enjoy it by lunch. It’s a creamy, cheesy pasta dish everyone will love. Mom is proud you planned ahead.

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large bowl of fruit with a wooden spoon.

Fresh Berry Salad

Crunchy cucumbers and bell Mixed berries tossed in a light vinaigrette provide a sweet and healthy option that’s as beautiful as it is tasty.

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fall party strawberry dip.

Strawberry Dip

This creamy strawberry dip is a fan favorite, perfect for dipping strawberries and apples or honest…spreading on cookies; it’s easy to make and irresistibly sweet.

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extra snickers pieces on snickers salad

Snickers Salad

Combining the fun of Snickers bars with fresh apples and whipped topping, this salad is a playful dessert that’s sure to be a hit on Mother’s Day.

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watergate salad

Watergate Salad

The classic Watergate Salad is always a hit. Its fluffy mix of pistachio pudding, pineapple, and marshmallows makes it a nostalgic dish.

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spiral cucumber salad.

Spiral Cucumber Salad

This TikTok-viral spiral cucumber salad is not only visually striking but also packs a punch with its spicy dressing. It’s perfect on a bed of warm white rice.

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From salmon to tomato salad, we hope one of these quick and easy recipes works for you. This will ensure you spend less time in the kitchen and more time creating memories with Mom. Because on this special day, it’s not just about the food; it’s about the moments you share.

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