Mothers Day Brunch Menu

Spring Dishes for a Delicious Celebration

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Brunch Table. Chris Ryan/Getty Images

The second Sunday of May isn't just Mothers Day, it's prime spring produce time! Use these delicious spring recipes to create the brunch she really wants: seasonal, healthful, and delicious. If you want to give her flowers and open a bottle of champagne, too, no one's going to stop you.

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    Roasted Strawberry Muffins
    Strawberry Ricotta Muffins. LindaRaymondPhotography/Getty Images

    These strawberry-laden muffins are an easy homemade baked good to feature as part of any brunch, but their tender, sweet nature ​seems to make them perfect for Mothers Day. Part-skim and whole-milk ricotta both work nicely in this recipe.

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    Buttermilk Scones
    Buttermilk Scones. Photo © Molly Watson

    Buttermilk makes these scones tender and moist without the traditional heavy cream. They're lovely on their own or served with a homemade strawberry jam or sweet rhubarb compote.

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    Donuts and Holes
    Homemade Doughnuts. A Commonplace Life - Everyday Beauty/Getty Images

    For a mom who loves doughnuts, what could be a better treat than homemade doughnuts? Start the dough the day before for the best flavor.

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    Spring Frittata With Leeks and Herbs
    Leek Frittata. Molly Watson

    Made in the style of a Spanish tortilla, this frittata is chock full of sautéed leeks and fresh spring herbs for tons of flavor. In case Mom doesn't like leeks, try this Zucchini Frittata instead.

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    Springtime Quiche
    Asparagus Leek Quiche. Molly Watson

    Equally springy but perhaps more to traditional tastes as compared to the frittata option, this quiche is creamy, full of asparagus, and magically rich and creamy yet light tasting.

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    Sockeye Gravlax. Photo © Molly Watson

    If you don't want an egg-centric brunch, know that gravlax, the Scandinavian version of lox, is surprisingly easy to make at home. You just need to plan ahead a day or two. If you're making it, consider serving it with homemade bialys. If you really want to go all out, whip some homemade horseradish crème to serve in place of cream cheese while you're at it.

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    Pea Greens
    Green Peas & Their Greens. Maximilian Stock Ltd./Getty Images

     If you see big piles of tangled pea plant vines at the market, grab a bunch and sautée them as a bright green, healthful, delicious addition to any meal—including Mothers Day brunch.

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    Peas and Carrots
    Peas and Carrots. Photo © Molly Watson

     If your mom made you eat your peas and carrots as a kid, this is your chance to say "thank you." Whether you liked her version or not, this stunningly fresh and vibrantly colored rendition is a winner.

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    Spring Asparagus Salad. Photo © Molly Watson

    No matter which main dish you choose, this simple and unique spring salad is a different way to serve the fabulous spring treat that is asparagus at brunch. Plus, salad at brunch helps bring out the "lunch" part of the equation.

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    Image of Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries
    Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries. Photo © Molly Watson

    Supremely ripe strawberries and high-quality chocolate can some together in the most winning of combinations. Putting them together is as easy as can be: This step-by-step guide takes you through the process.


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    Oeufs a la neige. Photo © Molly Watson

     Spring is egg season. For real. Chickens allowed to lay on a more natural schedule slow down over the winter and gear up into real action again when the sun is warmer and the grass is greener. Eggs from chickens allowed to run around free on pasture have deep yellow yolks and bright, bouncy whites—perfect for this dessert of poached egg white meringue and rich egg yolk custard that divides the eggs and uses both parts to their finest degree.

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    Springtime Sangria
    Strawberry Rosé Sangria. Molly Watson

     If you're looking for something a bit less predictable than a mimosa or a bellini (not that there's anything wrong with either of those options), this easy sangria features fresh strawberries and lovely rosé wine.