Make Mother’s Day extra special with this glorious but easy lunch menu

·3-min read

This Mother’s Day, focus on lunch, not brunch, for Mom. Using our marvellous mostly make-ahead menu means you won’t be spending all morning cooking and instead can just relax and focus on a few final touches like topping off a fruity punch with bubbly, putting out colourful dips with beautiful crudités, tossing the salmon-and-snap-pea salad you prepped ahead with a zippy vinaigrette, and slicing into a multi-layered no-bake, no-fuss strawberry-and cream-cake.

Light, bright, and full of flavour, this colourful menu is both beautiful to look at and satisfying, not to mention, oh so fresh. Mom won’t know you prepared the majority of it the day before.

For our Mother’s Day menu and make-ahead tips, read on.

Pomegranate-and-pink-grapefruit punch

Mother's Day menu
Image Credit: Nico Schinco

A delightful trio of juices—grapefruit, lychee, and pomegranate—combine with fresh basil in the pomegranate-and-pink-grapefruit punch, a beautiful sunset-hued drink. Each glass can be served as is or topped off with sparkling white or rosé wine. Prepare the grapefruit-lychee mixture up to two days in advance right in the pitcher, cover and refrigerate letting the flavours meld. Just hold off on the ice and pomegranate juice drizzle, which lends the beverage its layered appearance and should be added right before serving.

Beet-and-tahini dip

Mother's Day menu
Image Credit: Julia Gartland

Start the Mother’s Day meal with this delightful hummus-inspired beet-and-tahini dip. Here, red or golden beets stand in for the typical chickpeas creating vibrant colour and rich sweet, earthy flavour. Roast the beets and blend the dip up to five days in advance, storing it in airtight containers in the refrigerator. If you want to prepare both a red and yellow version, like we did in the photo, make sure to roast the two different colour beets in separate foil packets. Serve with lots of crisp vegetables and crackers.

Grilled-salmon salad

Mother's Day menu
Mother's Day menu

The key to fantastic salads isn’t a laundry list of ingredients, instead, it’s a few well-selected ones with varied flavours and textures. With just eight ingredients, this Nicoise-inspired Grilled-Salmon Salad proves just that point. Grilled salmon, sugar snap peas, boiled eggs, and potatoes are combined with a Dijon vinaigrette, all of which can be prepped up to two days in advance of the lunch and stored separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Bring the dressing to room temperature and shake to make sure it is combined before tossing everything with the watercress or other greens just moments before serving.

Strawberries-and-cream stack cake

No bake cake
Image Credit: Chris Simpson

Finish off the perfect Mother’s day lunch with an upgrade to a classic spring duo, strawberries and cream. This gorgeous strawberries-and-cream stack cake hits notes of tiramisu and strawberry shortcake. It’s made by layering everything with caramel-dipped ladyfinger cookies and it tastes better made ahead—an overnight chill melds the flavours in this no-bake cake and creates an irresistible light and fluffy texture.

This story first appeared on

(Main and Feature Image Credit: Chris Simpson)

© 2021 Meredith Corporation. All rights reserved. Licensed from and published with permission of Meredith Corporation. Reproduction in any manner in any language in whole or in part without prior written permission is prohibited.

The post Make Mother’s Day extra special with this glorious but easy lunch menu appeared first on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting