This Mother’s Day, serve up something different: brunch buffet-style. On the menu are a springtime salad, grain pilaf, woodland tartine, roasted tomato shakshuka, signature (nonalcoholic) cocktail, and a plentiful berry pavlova.

Brunch is a definition-bending meal that lives between breakfast and lunch, meaning that anything goes! And we’re taking the savoury route this Mother’s Day with a brunch buffet filled with big flavours and a show-stopping sweet treat.

Guests can fill their plates with a seasonal salad, loaded toast, a grain pilaf, and shakshuka (spicy North African tomato sauce-poached eggs) before the grand finale: pavlova, a giant, gluten-free meringue nest filled with berries and coconut whipped cream.

And since no brunch, especially on Mother’s Day, would be complete without a signature cocktail, here we’re using kombucha, a gently effervescent probiotic tea. Spiked with real fruit juice and perked up with lemon, it’s a functional food complement that tastes and looks like the fieriest of sunrises.

Serve these recipes mounded or arranged on platters, showcasing the various colours in abundance. This Mother’s Day meal is all about vivid vegetable-forward options that offer something for everyone—and there’s no better way to get it on the table than brimming buffet style.

Recipes

Arugula, Salmon, and Nugget Salad with Yogurt-Sumac Dressing

Arugula, Salmon, and Nugget Salad with Yogurt-Sumac Dressing


Couscous, Carrot, Mint, and Halloumi Pilaf

Couscous, Carrot, Mint, and Halloumi Pilaf


Sautéed Miso Mushrooms, Greens, and Avocado Tartines


Roasted Tomato and Onion Shakshuka

Roasted Tomato and Onion Shakshuka


Pavlova with Berries and Lemon-Coconut Whipped Cream

Pavlova with Berries and Lemon-Coconut Whipped Cream


Blood Orange and Kombucha Cocktail

Blood Orange and Kombucha Cocktail

Culinary gifts for mom

Mix up or pick up something tasty to give to mom this year. Here are some quick ideas to get you going.

  • specialized cooking or baking classes
  • single-origin coffee, tea, or chocolate
  • homemade or small-batch preserves
  • homemade loose-leaf tea sachets
  • homemade almond biscotti in a vintage jar
  • homemade or small-batch lemon curd
  • marinated goat or feta cheese
  • cold brew concentrate
  • homemade spice mixes
  • fruit and herb-infused vinegar