When it comes to my perfect vegan Mother’s Day brunch, I envision a beautiful table spread set up in a lovely orchard under the blooming cherry trees. The table will be set with delicious and light vegan dishes, appetizers to desserts. Fresh cut flowers arranged in beautiful bouquets will complete the picture.
But if I come back to the not-so-idyllic real life, I’ll honestly settle for any vegan Mother’s day brunch scenario that wouldn’t end in me washing the dishes afterwards 🙂
As Mother’s Day approaches again, I decided to put together a list of delicious and (mostly) light vegan dishes that luckily will fit both my perfect brunch scenario and the one that I’m more likely to have in real life.
Image credits (from top left, all linked below): carveyourcraving.com, 24carrotkitchen.com, bakerita.com, happykitchen.rocks, veggiedesserts.co.uk, thismamacooks.com
When I was selecting recipes for this list, I was looking for dishes that were vegan (obviously for a vegan blog), not overly processed, fairly easy to make, and capable of adding a beautiful color punch to our Mother’s Day brunch table.
I also wanted to make sure that our brunch guests wouldn’t leave the table feeling like they’ve just swallowed a brick. That’s why it was only logical to include veggie appetizers, sandwiches, salads, a few veggie-based pastas, and desserts made with fresh fruit and berries. There’s a few of the more decadent recipes too, but even those tend to be on the lighter side.
So take a look at my recipe selection below, and please let me know which of these recipes you’d like to appear on your vegan Mother’s Day brunch table!
Please note that not all websites listed below are fully vegan, but all of the recipes on this list are vegan.
Mediterranean Appetizer Platter
This beautiful and delicious Mediterranean Mezze Platter is a cornucopia of amazing flavors and textures. Includes hummus, harissa (roasted red pepper and walnut dip), marinated olives and artichokes, fresh veggies and warm pita bread. A festive appetizer platter for Mother's Day brunch.
Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls
Another delicious appetizer option for Mother's Day brunch: these wholesome Vegan Vietnamese Tofu Spring Rolls are made with browned tofu, bell pepper, cucumber and basil, wrapped in soft spring roll wraps. Served with a homemade Asian dipping sauce.
Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing
This gorgeous salad is bursting with the goodness of veggies! Quinoa adds a protein punch, and the homemade peanut sauce seals the deal in the flavor department. NOTE: the peanut sauce recipe on this website lists honey as one of the ingredients. To veganize the sauce, use the same amount of agave or maple syrup instead.
White Bean Salad with Herb Dressing
Add a gorgeous green accent to your Mother's Day brunch spread with this simple yet wholesome take on a bean-and-green salad. This white bean salad is mixed with a spring-green lemon herb dressing, and turned into a meal with arugula, naan, and roasted shallots.
Broccoli-Kale Salad with Macadamia Nuts
Making this kale and broccoli salad can be a great way to get kids involved into putting together a Mother's Day brunch - they'll get a kick out of massaging the kale! Macadamia nuts, dried cranberries and a simple balsamic dressing add a punch of flavor and nutrition.
The Best Vegan Quiche Ever
No springtime brunch would be complete without a quiche! Perfectly cheesy soy-free creamy filling of this vegan quiche is topped with crunchy asparagus, and baked in a whole grain crust. This recipe takes only 40 minutes to make from start to finish!
Cumin-Infused Vegetables & Chickpeas
This light, oil-free veggie dish is perfect for serving as a wholesome entree for a Mother's Day brunch, or for bringing to a springtime potluck. The vegetables are infused with the flavors and aroma of cumin, turmeric, paprika, and cardamom. Quinoa adds protein and healthy carbs.
One-Pot White Bean Shakshuka
Shakshuka is a traditional Israeli dish that commonly features a rich tomato sauce with onion, spices, feta cheese, and eggs. This vegan version reinterprets it by using white beans instead of eggs, and dollops of vegan cream cheese instead of feta. A perfect brunch centerpiece for Mother's Day!
Easy Veggie Balsamic Pasta
A delicious vegan balsamic pasta that can be served hot or cold as a vegan Mother's Day brunch entree. The easy balsamic sauce brightens up the flavors of the veggies, making it a crowd favorite. Omit the vegan sausage for a more whole food plant-based version.
Instant Pot Thai Peanut Noodles
A flavorful, slightly spicy peanut sauce covers the noodles and veggies of this delicious, kid-friendly (if your kids don't have a peanut allergy) dish. A twist of genius: this recipe can be made in an Instant Pot in a matter of minutes!
Instant Pot Alfredo Pasta
Nobody doesn't like Alfredo pasta, and mom is no exception! This healthy vegan Alfredo pasta is made in a truly creative way: the pasta is cooked in an Instant Pot along with cauliflower and cashews. The latter two are then blended into a creamy vegan Alfredo sauce along with a few other ingredients. Then the cooked pasta is tossed in the sauce to make a light yet delicious plant-based entree.
Chocolate-Peanut Butter Frosted Brownies
Brownies don't usually come to mind when we think of healthy desserts, but these date-sweetened vegan brownies are an exception. Zucchini gives them a moist texture, while the dates add just the right amount of sweetness. Top with a simple chocolate-peanut butter frosting for melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness.
Healthy Chocolate Muffins
A scrumptious vegan chocolate chip muffin that's made without oil or vegan butter? Sign me up! Finely shredded zucchini gives these muffins a moist inner texture without weighing them down. Serve these at your Mother's Day brunch and watch them disappear in no time!
Strawberry Shortcake Bars
A gorgeous dessert to wow everyone at your Mother's Day brunch party! These strawberry shortcake bars have a grain-free crust, maple syrup-sweetened cashew cheesecake base, and are topped with slices of fresh strawberries. Better yet, they don't need to be baked!
Vegan Key Lime Mousse
The secret ingredient of this key lime mousse is organic silken tofu. It gives the mousse a perfectly creamy, smooth texture. Serve it in tall shot glasses topped with a single raspberry or a mint leaf, and your Mother's Day brunch guests will be very impressed!
Nothing says 'Hello Spring!' like a delicious fresh fruit tart! These lovely fruit tarts look festive, yet are very easy to make. A simple coconut-date crust is filled with a creamy avocado and coconut milk-based filling, then topped with fresh fruit.
Vegan Raspberry Scones
Fresh out of the oven, these raspberry scones are crispy on the outside with a soft and moist-for-a-scone inside, and have little bursts of tangy, sweet raspberries. Vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar.
Dairy Free Lemon Pound Cake
This soft, sweet and slightly tart lemon pound cake will make a show-stopping centerpiece on your vegan Mother's Day brunch table. Bake it in a festively shaped bundt pan for an intricate look, top with a simple lemon syrup, and add a touch of lemon glaze for melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness!
Image credits (from top left, all linked above): carveyourcraving.com, 24carrotkitchen.com, bakerita.com, happykitchen.rocks, veggiedesserts.co.uk, thismamacooks.com
No matter where you find yourself at brunch time this Mother’s Day – in an enchanted garden under gorgeous blooming cherry trees or at your kitchen table with your household’s everyday clutter swept to the side – I hope you have yourself a wonderful time!
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