This is my idea of the best Valentine's Day Dinner Menu for Two. From a tasty cocktail and shared appetizer to the prettiest main course and a dessert that is all about love, this Valentine's menu has it all!
Do you know what you're doing for Valentine's Day yet?
As much as I love eating out, spending Valentine's Day at a restaurant is the last thing I want to do. My idea of the perfect Valentine's dinner is staying home and cooking together. But a Valentine's dinner menu does have to feel special.
If you've ever wondered what kinds of things to cook for Valentine's dinner, I've got you covered. I've put together what I think is the perfect Valentine's Day dinner menu for two. You'll notice that many of the dishes are perfect for sharing and that the menu is light but satisfying, so you'll have plenty of energy after dinner. Wink wink.
The menu begins with some beautiful warmed marinated olives. This is my idea of sexy food: warm, salty and a little bit spicy. To sip on there's the best bourbon sour that's both light and boozy at the same time.
Once you've settled in there's a caramelized shallot and gruyere fondue for two. Melty cheese is pure love.
The main course features pretty (but easy to make!) heart-shaped wonton ravioli stuffed with beet and goat cheese.
And finally, if you're able to restrain yourself after all the talking, laughing, flirting, and eating, is a molten chocolate lava cake for two. Or you can always come back for dessert later after you've worn off some energy. 🙂
Warm Marinated Olives with lemon, chili flakes, and marcona almonds are the perfect little salty bites.
Note: either scale the recipe to 1/2 cup of olives or make the full recipe and treat yourself to delicious olives all week.
The Best Bourbon Sour is just the thing you want to sip on to get your night going.
Caramelized Shallot and Gruyere Fondue is love in a bowl.
This recipe serves 8 but is very easy to scale back. Leftovers also reheat beautifully. I recommend making a half portion. Trust me, you'll want a little extra the next day.
Pomegranate Salad with Spinach, Hazelnuts, and Mint is as tasty as it is pretty. The pomegranates and hazelnuts make it feel like a special occasion salad.
The recipe serves 4 but we often make the full recipe for the two of us if we're having a lighter dinner. If you don't love a big dinner salad, simply make half the recipe. (Although I'd recommend making all of the dressing and toasting all of the hazelnuts so you can make a quick salad again this week.)
Date Night Wonton Ravioli. Nothing says “I love you” like a plate of heart shaped pasta. This easy to make and playful pasta is given a grown-up finish with a brown butter sage sauce.
Flourless Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes. Melting chocolate and sweet tart raspberries are the language of love. They're also crazy easy to make, and can be prepped ahead of time then baked whenever the mood feels right.
Happy Valentine's Day!
More tasty Valentine's Day dinner recipes:
- Pretty Coconut Thai Borscht
- Drunken Red Wine Spaghetti with Spicy Chorizo and Black Kale
- Seared Lamb Chops with Raspberry Marsala
- Red Wine Chorizo Bites
More tasty Valentine's Day dessert recipes:
- Valentine's Day Cupcakes with Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Hearts
- Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies
- Dark Chocolate Beet Cake with All Natural Pink Frosting
- Roasted Black Plum and Mascarpone Pie