There's lobster, there's fresh vegetables, and there's cake—Mom deserves it all.

By Laura Rege
Updated April 02, 2020
Christopher Testani

There's only one day a year dedicated to Mom, so Mother's Day is the time to pull out all the stops and prepare a beautiful spring-inspired dinner for her. We've created an elegant menu that shows your mom just how much you appreciate her—and because we appreciate you, we've added in make-ahead tips to help you in the kitchen.

To start, turn pull-apart rolls into mini Lobster Rolls—it's one of our favorite appetizer shortcuts. Next, revamp roasted chicken by turning it into an unexpectedly delicious chicken-and-bread salad with spring peas for an impressive main. At their peak sweetness now, baby carrots are delicious roasted and served on top of an addictive herby yogurt sauce with a crumble of feta. Finish the meal with an elegant pistachio-and-rhubarb cake. If you ask us, it's the perfect spring dessert.

To Start

One of our favorite party tricks is turning pull-apart rolls into mini buns. These Easy Lobster Rolls are so simple, and everyone loves them. Just split the tops, stuff with lobster salad, and serve as is—everyone can pull off a roll (or two). Buying cooked lobster makes these adorable appetizers a cinch to prepare. The best part? The lobster salad can be made the day before and refrigerated.

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The Main

Tonight's main dish is Roasted-Chicken Bread Salad with Peas, which turns a classic dish of roast chicken into a fancy affair by pairing it with buttery croutons and crunchy sugar snap and English peas. Then, a bright lemony dressing is drizzled over the top to bring the dish together, creating a chicken-and-bread salad. Top with delicate pea tendrils for a refined Mother's Day meal. To make the most of your time with Mom, the croutons and peas can be cooked the day before. Be sure to store them separately as the peas need to be refrigerated, and the croutons kept at room temperature.

Christopher Testani

The Side

These Roasted Carrots with Parsley Yoghurt look and taste like they come from a fancy restaurant, but the secret is that they're surprisingly easy to make. Spread an herby yogurt sauce on the bottom of the plate, then scatter roasted baby carrots on top. Finish with crumbled feta and a handful of fresh herbs. To simplify your Mother's Day prep, roast the carrots before you get the chicken started and serve this side at room temperature. The sauce can be prepared and refrigerated up to two days in advance.

Christopher Testani

The Dessert

For this special meal, bake a pretty pistachio cake that's adorned with tart rhubarb pieces. A generous sprinkle of granulated sugar before baking gives the cake a crunchy top. The recipe has a few steps, but they're relatively simple—and Mom is worth it. No need to worry about baking the cake day-of. It can be prepared the day before.


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