Delicious Make-Ahead Recipe Ideas for Mother’s Day

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Strawberry goat cheese salad (ingredients)
> Category: Salad

This sweet and savory salad features spicy arugula greens, but spinach or spring mix can be substituted for a milder flavor.

1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
4 cups arugula, loosely packed
8 oz. strawberries, sliced (about 1 ½ cups sliced)
3 oz. goat cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pecans, toasted
2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
3 tbsp. olive oil
Salt to taste

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Strawberry goat cheese salad (directions)
> Total time: 15 minutes

Put the arugula in a serving dish and top with strawberries, goat cheese, pecans, and onions.

Mix the balsamic vinegar with the olive oil and salt. Toss with the dressing when ready to serve.

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Farro salad with sundried tomatoes (ingredients)
> Category: Salad

Grain salads make a hearty, well-balanced side or main dish. This recipe can be made vegan by using vegetable stock and eliminating the feta cheese.

For the salad:
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 cup uncooked farro, rinsed and drained
1 large cucumber, seeded and finely diced
2/3 cup roasted red peppers, finely diced
1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, finely diced
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
2/3 cup red onion, finely diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely-chopped

For the vinaigrette:
3 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
Pinch of garlic powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of black pepper

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Farro salad with sundried tomatoes (directions)
> Total time: 30 minutes

Stir together the stock and farro in a medium saucepan. Cook according to package instructions until al dente. Remove from the heat and drain off any extra stock once the farro is cooked. Let the farro cool for at least 10 minutes.

Transfer the farro to a large mixing bowl and add in remaining ingredients, including the vinaigrette. Toss until combined. Serve immediately or store refrigerated for up to three days.

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Honey mint fruit salad (ingredients)
> Category: Salad

Spice up a basic fruit salad with fresh herbs. If fresh mint isn’t available, try basil, tarragon, or rosemary.

4-5 pounds chopped fresh fruit, including at least one from each category: stone fruits, melons, and berries
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
1 tbsp. honey