We developed a classic lunch-with-the-girls menu, complete with tea sandwiches, chicken salad, and—hold on to your napkin, honey—the dessert cart.
Lunch with friends is a delight, and these luncheon recipes make midday dining a delicious pleasure. When your friends are dropping in, here are our favorite ladies lunch recipes that are quick, appetizing, and simple. With our light lunch recipes you’ll be making Southern classics like Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits, and Tarragon Chicken Salad. For something sweet, you will love The Dessert Cart, the Lemon-Chiffon Cake, and our Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts. These light lunch recipes will have your guests enjoying just one more bite. So invite them to linger a little longer over one of your Chocolate-Espresso Pots du Crème, and share these ladies lunch recipes with them.
The Dainty & Delicious Menu
Neiman Marcus Cheddar Cheese Biscuits
Cheddar cheese biscuits are the perfect addition to this dainty and delicious menu.
Recipe: Tomato-Basil Bisque
Canned tomato soup gets a boost in this satisfying version, served warm or cold.
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Recipe: Cranberry-Strawberry Salad
This congealed salad is a cool, delicious twist on a retro luncheon staple.
Crowd-Pleasing Tea Sandwiches
Choose your favorite fillings, and prepare up to a day ahead. Plan on 1⁄4 cup filling for each whole sandwich. Freeze bread slices until firm. (This makes it easier to trim and cut the sandwiches.)
Caramelized Onion Quiche
Recipe: Caramelized Onion Quiche
Flat-leaf parsley, chives, and mint add a fresh, pretty finish to this tasty dish.
The Dessert Cart
What is it about this rolling relic that delights us so much? Maybe it's the sound of the squeaky wheels that signifies sweets are a-comin', the colorful assortment of confections that makes us feel like a kid in a candy shop, or the irresistible invitation to linger just a little longer over a shared slice of—oh, forget it, your own slice of something sinful. Whatever it is, we'll have the cheesecake, please.
Banana Pudding Cheesecake
Recipe: Banana Pudding Cheesecake
This sinfully sweet dessert is the perfect blend of fresh bananas, creamy cheesecake, and crunchy vanilla wafers.
Lemon-Orange Chiffon Cake
Recipe: Vanilla-Buttermilk Tarts
Garnish with fresh fruit and basil sprigs for a darling dessert.