21 Mother’s Day Dinner Ideas That Will Win Her Heart
Kale and Falafel Salad with Toasted Pine Nuts
The vitamin-rich kale. The globally-inspired falafel. The oh-so-Instagrammable hummus swoosh. This is a great Mother's Day dinner idea for moms who are always up on the latest food trends. Seek out wheatless falafel and this well-balanced entree will be gluten-free and vegetarian, too.
Alfredo-Bacon Tot Casserole
Here’s a new spin on the ABCs that we absolutely support: Alfredo. Bacon. Casserole. This comfort food recipe is proof that cheap Mother's Day dinner ideas can still be scrumptious and splurge-worthy. Frozen potato tots and leftover (or rotisserie) chicken trim prep time, and since it's all baked together in a casserole dish ($30, Walmart), clean-up is a breeze.
Searching for the best Mother's Day dinner ideas that don’t break the bank—or take too much time? Turn to this restaurant-quality fettuccine dish. From start to finish, this entire Mother's Day seafood dinner idea takes just 20 minutes. Translation: More time to check off another item on your mother-daughter bucket list.
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
Don’t be chicken! You can whip up this Julia Child favorite for mom with ease by employing your slow cooker. This chicken recipe is infused with a half cup of red wine for an unexpected, yet very welcome, layer of complexity. Serve the fantastic idea for Mother’s Day dinner as-is or over warm, buttery mashed potatoes.
Zucchini Pizza Tacos
Edible blooms, like trendy zucchini flowers, are a thoughtful way to tip a hat to a matriarch with a green thumb. Since it makes a whopping 30 tacos, this is the ultimate Mother’s Day menu addition if you’re hosting a house-full. We recommend serving them in a taco serving rack ($10, Crate & Barrel). It’s vegetarian too, so you can share it with carnivores and herbivores alike.
Paleo Chicken Meatball Noodle Bowl
Spiralized parsnips stand in for the spaghetti in this caveman-approved meatball bowl. This simple idea for Mother's Day dinner takes just 30 minutes and features timeless ingredients including chicken, flax, ginger, honey, and veggies. Just be sure to pair this with a Paleo dessert recipe to guarantee the day is at least a bit indulgent!
Mother's Day Brunch for Dinner
A round of Bloody Mary cocktails and a tower of pancakes made with citrus- and sparkling wine-spiked batter makes for one fun “dinner” idea. This pretty (and pretty quick) meal is the perfect way to pay tribute to mom’s bubbly personality. Don’t skimp on the Champagne Glaze!
Steamed Crab Legs
Skip the reservation and try this elegant homemade Mother's Day dinner menu idea instead. Crab legs look and taste like a total treat even though you need only 15 minutes to bring them to the table. Serve with a crab leg cracker ($6, Walmart), plenty of melted butter for dunking, and a healthy sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Salmon with Lemon and Herbs
Embrace the start of summer with the bright and citrusy taste of this lemon-herb salmon. Top the flaky salmon with a sauce that includes lemon zest, garlic, chives, tarragon, and parsley for a light meal that packs a bold flavor.
Petite Beef Wellingtons
Turn the tables on a mom who’s a host with the most. This puff pastry-wrapped Mother's Day steak dinner recipe is beyond-elegant, featuring juicy beef tenderloin, salty prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, and savory sauteed mushrooms in each and every bite. The buttery packages make this quite possibly the best present she’ll unwrap all day.
Portobello Pot Roast
No meat? No problem. This “steak dinner” is centered around beefy portobello mushrooms. They taste even closer to the real thing when you roast them in a garlic and white wine sauce. Pro tip: A basket of bread on the side is pretty much mandatory to soak up every last drop of the reduced pan sauce in this, one of our best vegan Mother’s Day dinner ideas.
Grilled Zucchini and Goat Cheese Toasts
Dinner doesn't have to be a fancy affair! In fact, an outdoor gathering with finger foods and pitcher cocktails can be just as meaningful as a five-course dinner. These grilled zucchini and goat cheese toasts are light enough to be finger food but filling enough for a meal.
Chipotle-Coffee Pot Roast
Peruvian-Style Chicken Tacos
This simple Mother's Day menu item certainly doesn’t taste like it took just 30 minutes to create. Olives and plums—yes, the combo sounds crazy, but it tastes crazy-good—take taste buds on a trip to South America. Feel free to use ground chicken or turkey in this easy taco recipe.
Roasted Asparagus and Salmon
May means we’ve hit peak spring! Enter this entree centered around fresh asparagus and dill. Smoked salmon and jammy eggs pump up the protein in this healthy and easy Mother’s Day dinner.
Quick Eggplant Parmigiana
Pulled Pork Skillet Chili
On a regular Sunday, pulled pork gets stuffed between rolls (and is certainly savored). But come holiday time, tap this cast-iron skillet ($40, Crate & Barrel) recipe for the best Mother's Day dinner for Moms who adore smoked and barbecued meats. With tender pork shoulder, a nicely-spiced barbecue sauce, and cornmeal dumplings, this one-pan meal will have her singing your praises for weeks to come.
Grilled Salmon & Leeks with Rosemary-Mustard Butter
This Mother's Day, spoil mom with a meal of delicious and unexpected flavors. Pair classic salmon with fresh grilled leeks (yum!) and top it all with a flavorful rosemary-mustard butter. Pair it with a rosemary-inspired cocktail for a truly decadent experience.
Pressure Cooker Indian Spiced Chicken
She’ll want to recreate this Mother's Day roast chicken dinner again and again after you serve it as part of the holiday spread. Cook time is a remarkable five minutes in the Instant Pot! Pair with rice, naan bread, and mango lassis to complete the Indian feast.
Chicken and Black Bean Burritos with Cilantro-Lime Rice
This takeout fake-out features cauliflower rice instead of white rice to cut carbs—but keep all the flavor. With a whopping 39 grams of protein, this healthy Mother's Day dinner will fuel her through a day of celebration! All that nutrition calls for you to cap off the day with a batch of margarita cupcakes.
Air-Fried Italian Meatloaves
Air fryers ($60, Walmart) were among the most popular holiday gifts last year. And for good reason: The countertop appliance is exceptional at achieving a perfect-cook without oodles of extra fat. This is the best Mother's Day dinner recipe for fans of grandma’s comfort food, too, as the meatloaf-meets-Juicy-Lucy-burger will surely satisfy.