From mimosas and Vietnamese coffee to gluten-free waffles, crêpes, and jam, these recipes are worth jotting down ahead of your next brunch.

Open-faced salad omelet recipe from Malibu Farm
Reprinted from MALIBU FARM SUNRISE TO SUNSET by Helene Henderson. Copyright © 2021 by Helene Henderson. Published by Clarkson Potter, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. Photographs copyright © 2021 by Erin Kunkel.

As we welcome the spring season with longer days, wildflowers, and seasonal produce, what better way to ring it all in than by hosting the ultimate brunch? Planning is easier than some might think. By prepping your dishes in advance, setting the table the night before, and making big batches of your favorite drinks, you’ll save tons of time later and end up with a spread that will have your friends declaring your place the go-to brunch spot. 

As we see flowers blooming across the West, you can incorporate some of those flavors into your dishes with recipes like author Cassie Winslow’s blooming herb and calendula quiche or lavender crêpes topped with a pluot sauce from her cookbook, Floral Provisions: 45+ Sweet and Savory Recipes.

The easy-to-put-together quiche is packed with a flavorful filling of bacon, gouda, and herbs like parsley, marjoram, and oregano. Serve the herby, eggy dish alongside a pistachio-crusted French toast filled with strawberry jam and Neufchâtel cheese (which is similar to cream cheese) for a showstopping main entrée. 

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If you’re more interested in a fruit-forward dish that can be made in advance—because spending the party flipping French toast isn’t exactly ideal—boysenberry danishes are equally as eye-catching and can be made before guests arrive. 

Add a personalized side to your brunch setup with mini jars of overnight oats set in front of each place setting. Top the oats with apricot chamomile jam, toasted nuts, and whatever else catches your eye at the farmer’s market or grocery store. 

Spring brings with it stone fruits, leafy greens, and avocados, all of which can be thrown into a bountiful salad and tossed in an herbaceous dressing to offset the sweet, rich flavors of your meal. And the ideas don’t stop there, keep reading for all of our ultimate spring brunch recipes.



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