If you’re looking for easy, spring family lunch recipes that can be prepared a full day ahead and will impress everyone at the table, take a look at my beautiful lemon butter shrimp lunch menu!
I had my family over for our annual lunch and Brooklyn Botanical Garden walk, but sadly, the forecast was for rain, and it sure did… so I decided to bring the flowers inside instead!
I set my table with lavender, wheat, caspia, and other beautiful flowers in a flower box centerpiece, and served crostini and salad covered in pretty pansies and prosciutto roses!
I made pesto-ricotta prosciutto rose crostini, creamy dill chickpea salad, bright lemon orzo with sweet, sautéd corn, my favorite fennel salad, and lemon butter Italian shrimp!
Everything but the shrimp was prepared the day before, and the sautéing of the shrimp took just 5 minutes!
I thought it would be pretty to have both fresh and dry flowers for my table, so I used goldenrod for the napkins and tied them with baker’s string.
I also made a beautiful flowerbox centerpiece, and bought almost everything on Amazon! Take a look to see how to make a beautiful flowerbox centerpiece like this!
For lunch, I made this sunny lemon orzo, and included lightly sautéd corn to add a little sweetness and more yellow brightness! I simply popped it in Tupperware and kept it refrigerated till the next day!
I thought this gorgeous, creamy, original dill chickpea salad would make a wonderful pair with the orzo, and like the orzo, it was also made a whole day ahead! Isn’t it beautiful?
I wanted one more side dish, so I decided to make a big, fresh, crunchy, spring fennel salad! I made this salad for my Spring lady’s brunch. With just a little slicing and chopping, it’s so easy to prep and toss together before serving! I even made my own crunchy Italian croutons that are so simple to make yourself!
I thought it would be nice to add a little more floral loveliness, so I also included these beautiful tomato crostini with pesto and ricotta!
Like just about everything else, I made the pesto ricotta the day before, rolled the prosciutto roses and sliced the tomatoes and olives. Then, an hour before guests arrived, I toasted the bread and assembled the crostini! So simple and so pretty!
For the main course, I made this incredibly simple lemon butter shrimp! It takes just 10 minutes to prep (which I did earlier in the day), and just 5 minutes to sauté! I was in and out of the kitchen and back with my family likity split!
For dessert, I made the fluffiest, creamiest, light and dreamy no-bake coconut cheesecake garnished with my favorite little dry, edible flowers! I used them on my avocado toasts at my lady’s brunch last month, and I can’t get enough of them!
I hope you enjoy these spring family lunch recipes!
For more inspiration, subscribe to my newsletter, follow me on Instagram, on Pinterest, tiktok and Facebook! And if you ever make any of my tasty drinks or treats, take a picture and tag me. I want to see!