For us, a Valentine’s Day dinner should be rich, luxurious and special. Which, believe it or not, is just as easy to achieve with plants as it is with oysters and steak. Check out our sumptuous recipes below, designed to go with each other perfectly.
Vegan Valentine’s Day menu
Starter: creamy soup
Let celeriac shine in this extra-special soup recipe, made velvety by blitzing caramelised celeriac with potato, fresh herbs and soya cream. Earthy truffle oil adds a splash of sophistication, and the toasted hazelnuts on top give this celeriac, hazelnut and truffle soup a fancy feel.
If you’ve got the time, it would be perfect with a spongy square of homemade focaccia, decorated with flaky sea salt and rosemary.
Main course: romantic tarte tatin
What could be more fitting for Valentine’s Day than a rosy-red beetroot & red onion tarte tatin? It looks the business, but if you use shop-bought puff pastry (which we’d advise) it’s actually pretty simple to make. Remember to top with orange zest for a final flourish and serve with a peppery green salad – and maybe a side of lemon, garlic & bay roast potatoes, cooked in rapeseed oil.
Dessert: fruity sorbet
Impress your loved one with a scoop of sweet mango sorbet, made from scratch. You only need three ingredients (ripe mangoes, sugar and one lime) and a freezer – no need for an ice cream maker. Because this recipe needs a few hours to freeze, start making it on Valentine’s Day morning.
And for afters: chocolate drops
For a final, romantic touch (and if you have the time), score some serious brownie points with a tray of homemade vegan truffles. They’re easy to make – just pour a warm oat milk, sugar and vanilla mix over dairy-free dark chocolate, cover and chill, then roll into balls and coat in cocoa powder. Simple!
Cocktail: fancy gimlet
Elegant and refined, a gimlet cocktail is made by mixing super-cold lime syrup (it’s easy to make your own using fresh limes and caster sugar) with gin and plenty of ice. Decorate with pretty edible flowers and a slice of lime.
Valentine’s Day recipe inspiration
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Stuffed chicken with lemon, capers & chilli
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