18 Valentine’s Day Recipe Ideas!

Looking for recipes to sweep your Valentine off their feet? This post includes 18 Valentine’s Day recipe ideas that are sure to please! These recipes are the perfect way to show someone you care on this special day!

The old saying goes “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”. You can just as easily swap out man for woman because who doesn’t love good food?? Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I have been rifling through recipes to decide on our menu. We have never been one’s for going out on this evening. Instead, we prefer to have a quiet evening in instead!

Over the last couple of days, I have been thinking up possible menu ideas for the big day! I thought I would share my ideas with you to help you get well on your way to putting together a nice, romantic meal! For examples of great meal ideas read below! You will find ideas for every course including Breakfast, Salads, Mains and, of course, Sweets!!

Breakfast Ideas

Need a way to start your Valentine’s Day off right? Certainly, I see no need to wait until dinner time to show your Valentine some love! Start the day off right with a special breakfast! These Valentine’s Day breakfast recipe ideas are my go-to’s for any special occasion!

Chocolate Orange Pancakes

These particular pancakes feel extra special. They make a great breakfast idea for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions. This year, I am serving them on Valentine’s day because what better way to show someone you love them then with chocolate for breakfast? My husband absolutely loves these! I am currently eagerly awaiting the arrival of heart shape molds for these!

Healthy Dark Chocolate Waffles

Healthy Dark Chocolate Waffles are my way of having chocolate for breakfast without the guilt! Easy to mix up in one bowl (hooray for easy clean up!) and so yummy sprinkled with powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup and fresh berries!

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Toasts

Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs Breakfast Toasts are what breakfast dreams are made of! We made this delicious breakfast this morning and were totally satisfied with this healthy start to the day! It feels like a decadent breakfast with the addition of smoked salmon but is actually really easy to make!

Salads

Salad will definitely be a part of our Valentine’s Day dinner! They’re light, bright and help prevent us from over-indulging on a heavier main course. Who wants to feel weighed down and sleepy after dinner on this romantic night? These Valentine’s day recipe ideas for salads are some of our favourites and go well with almost any main course you decide to cook!

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Citrus Dressing

Orange Pomegranate Salad with Citrus Poppy Seed Dressing has become one of my favourite salads to make lately! This fresh tasting, citrusy salad is packed with nutrient-rich ingredients. The salad tastes so bright and light! 

Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad

A light and fresh salad that is full of flavour! This Cherry Tomato Caprese Salad uses cherry tomatoes, Bocconcini cheese and basil to make a bright, healthy salad! Caprese salad is easily one of my favourite salads! Its simplicity is obvious but its flavours- oh its flavours! 

Roasted Butternut Squash, Pomegranate and Arugula Salad

I love salads as much as the next girl, but a puny salad with no toppings is not going to do it for me! I like my greens sprinkled with a delicious variety of toppings! I’ve been known to bury my greens under a mountain of seeds, fruit, cheese or other proteins. And I make no apologies for it!

Healthy Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpea Croutons

This healthy Caesar Salad packs all the flavour you’re used to without all the calories and fat! The Caesar dressing is made with Greek yogurt, though your family won’t be able to tell the difference unless you tell them! My husband absolutely LOVES Caesar salad. It is easily his favourite salad and his favourite thing to order when we are dining out. 

Main Course

These Valentine’s Day Recipe list has something for everyone! Whether you are looking to make dinner together or want most of your dinner elements prepped and ready beforehand, this list has a little bit of everything! Each of these recipes is easy enough to do and not overly time consuming, giving you more time to spend with your significant other!

Meat

Pork Schnitzel

If you are looking for a quick, easy dinner, you have come to the right place! This easy pork schnitzel recipe takes less than half an hour to make from beginning to end! This simple recipe for a classic pork schnitzel is easy to make and uses ingredients I already had in my pantry. The result is a delicious schnitzel that is crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. We love to serve it alongside veggies and a good portion of mashed potatoes or potato salad!

Baked Pesto Chicken

Moist, flavourful chicken breast that’s smothered in herby pesto, melty cheese and diced tomatoes! This dish is so easy to make, requires minimal ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes! Serve with a side salad, rice, or over pesto pasta for a really herby, filling meal!

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Thighs

This easy to make dish is so comforting and delicious! The chicken and creamy lemon sauce is lovely over rice or pasta! The chicken cooks itself in the slow cooker meaning you have a lot more time to canoodle with your Valentine!

Fish

Sheet Pan Honey Mustard Haddock and Roasted Vegetables

This incredibly easy dinner cooks together in one pan (hooray for easy clean up!) and is made from ingredients found in your freezer! This is perfect for when you want to have a lovely dinner with your Valentine but don’t want to spend your time fussing in the kitchen! Feel free to swap out ingredients. We have made this dish with different types of fish and veggies with great results every time! Easy, versatile recipe + easy clean up= more time with each other!

Basa Fish Fillet with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce

Delicate Basa fish fillets are cooked to perfection and then topped with a lemony brown butter sauce! Browning the butter makes it ‘nutty’ and makes this sauce absolutely delicious! Make an impressive dish in less than 20 minutes!

Vegetarian

Pumpkin and Vegetable Lasagna

We are suckers for all things pumpkin in this house and so we jazzed up our regular vegetable lasagna with the addition of this seasonal fruit! The best part is, you can make this in advance and just heat it up before your special dinner!

Valentine’s Day Dessert Recipes

You can’t do a blog post about Valentine’s Day recipe ideas and not include sweets! Dessert is our love language around here. My husband has a huge sweet tooth so there is no doubt that dessert will be on the menu! After a satisfying meal, a sweet treat is a must!

Chocolate Souffle

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and this Chocolate Souffle will be making an appearance in our home! Make no mistake about that! The perfect dessert for two, these souffles are both light and decadent at the same time!

Slow Cooker Poached Pears

This recipe is literally a ‘dump everything into your slow cooker and walk away’ miracle! The pears can be made in advance in your slow cooker and left to keep warm while dinner is being served. Once you are ready to serve, you just plate them and sit back and accept the compliments!

Apple Ginger Galette

If you haven’t made a galette before, it is a much easier alternative to a traditional pie. It has a more rustic look and does not need to be perfect at all. Hooray for delicious apple desserts that don’t have to be time consuming! You can make this in advance and just reheat it!

Apple Roses

These gorgeous Apple Roses make an impressive dessert! Apple Roses taste just like apple pie and look like they were made by a pastry chef! They’re actually easy to do and can be made ahead of your special occasion. Simply pop in the oven to reheat!

Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies (Alfajores)

These soft, tender cookies filled with deliciously sweet dulce de leche is easily one of my favourite sandwich cookies. I mean, who wouldn’t like 2 delicious cookies sandwiching a delicious, caramel-like filling? If this person exists, I have yet to meet them. 

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