Vegan Purple Cauliflower Gnocchi with Almond Pesto from Cook. Heal. Go Vegan! by Bailey Ruskus valentine's day dinner
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, the anticipation for this special occasion grows, and what better way to celebrate love than with a thoughtfully prepared dinner? Elevate your romantic evening with our collection of 21+ recipes that promise to take your Valentine’s Day dinner to the next level.

Valentine Themed Recipes

Simply Pasta: Vegan Beet Hummus Pasta

(By Teri-Ann Carty)

Simply Pasta: Vegan Beet Hummus Pasta

A vibrant and flavorful dish that combines the earthy richness of beet hummus with a creamy cashew-based sauce, making it a perfect candidate for a romantic dinner. The sauce, featuring ingredients like garlic, Dijon mustard, and nutritional yeast, creates a great way to elevate the dish. Combined with the satisfying texture of Mezzi Rigatoni, this recipe has become one of the favorite Valentine’s Day dinner ideas. Asparagus and baby spinach add a burst of freshness to this creamy pasta, enhancing its appeal as a romantic and wholesome choice. Topped with vegan parmesan cheese, a drizzle of olive oil, and a touch of chili flakes. Click here to get the recipe.

Pink beet fusilli pasta with cashew crema

(By Haile Thomas)

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Ideal for a romantic meal or a whole family gathering. Gluten-free fusilli is generously coated in a vibrant beet sauce, crafted with roasted beets, slivered almonds, and a medley of herbs. The dish reaches new heights with a velvety cashew crema, adding a creamy and indulgent touch, making it an easy way to impress your loved ones. Garnish with fresh parsley and sea beans for a burst of color and flavor, creating a homemade pasta dish that’s not only perfectly balanced but also visually stunning. This recipe promises a delightful dining experience for four, making it one of the perfect Valentine’s Day recipes. Click here to get the full recipe.

Butterfly Dumplings

(By Christine Wong)

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with a delightful Valentine’s Day dessert, the perfect way to indulge. This exquisite dish is a fusion of color and flavor that will captivate your senses. The eye-catching pink wrappers, made from a blend of white flour, baking powder, and dragonfruit juice, create a visual feast. The filling, featuring minced butternut squash, beetroot, and finely shredded red cabbage seasoned with ginger and sriracha, offers a delectable balance of textures and tastes. Transformed into butterfly shapes, these dumplings add an elegant touch to your meal. Click here to get the recipe.

Chickpeas in Red Wine Sauce

(By Jason Tjon Affo)

Chickpeas in Red Wine Sauce from Jason Tjon Affo's Vegan Soul Food

A delightful main dish, making it the best part of your date night. This hearty and flavorful dish combines chickpeas, red wine, and aromatic vegetables for a Valentine’s Day special. Sauteed red onion, garlic, carrot, and bell pepper create a robust base, while bay leaves, fresh thyme, and ground cumin add depth of taste. The dish simmers in a rich mixture of water, cane sugar, vegetable bouillon, and red wine, creating a savory sauce. Click here to get the full recipe.

Vegan Watermelon Poke Bowls

(By Bailey Ruskus)

Vegan Watermelon Poke Bowls from Cook. Heal. Go Vegan! by Bailey Ruskus


This dish will deeply satisfy and refresh you at the same time, making it an ideal choice for a fancy dinner. I always get a craving for poke when summer comes around, and the plant world really delivers here, providing plenty of options for a delightful meal in the comfort of your home. The umami flavors of the marinade match perfectly with the sweetness of the watermelon, creating a tantalizing combination for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Click here to get the recipe.

Raw Vegan Beet Ravioli with Macadamia Pesto Cheese

(By Desiree Nielsen)

Raw Vegan Beet Ravioli with Macadamia Pesto Cheese from Desiree Nielsen’s Good for Your Gut

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the best ways to make it special from a whole day to a cozy night with this delightful marinated beets dish. Transform your evening into a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with this flavorful creation. The marinated beets provide a vibrant contrast to the luscious, rich macadamia pesto cheese, ensuring a homemade meal that’s packed with plant power. Don’t overlook the herbs, as they contribute anti-inflammatory phytochemicals for added health benefits. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Purple Cauliflower Gnocchi with Almond Pesto

(By Bailey Ruskus)

Vegan Purple Cauliflower Gnocchi with Almond Pesto from Cook. Heal. Go Vegan! by Bailey Ruskus

Indulge in a delightful twist on traditional gnocchi for your Valentine’s Day dinner. This home-cooked meal introduces a unique touch with homemade gnocchi crafted from purple cauliflower and cassava flour, not only providing a distinctive color but also offering a gluten-free option. Perfect for those with less time to spare, these gnocchi are easy to prepare—boil briefly and optionally sauté for a crispy finish. Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner party or a simple dinner, garnish your creation with hemp seeds, chili flakes, or a drizzle of truffle oil for a visually stunning and delicious plant-based meal. Click here to get the recipe.

Shawarma Spiced Lentil Tacos with Green Tahini, Roasted Salsa & Sumac Lime Onions

(By Seiran Sinjari)

Vegan Tacos

Savor an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner with these mouthwatering vegan tacos, showcasing the easiest ways to prepare shawarma-spiced lentils and mushrooms. Elevate the experience with a green creamy coriander tahini, alongside a tantalizing roasted salsa and tangy sumac lime onions. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Remolachas (Argentinian Roasted Beets)

(By Chef Fernando Navas)

remolachas (beets)

Introducing a delicious, plant-centric Valentine’s Day dinner dish that’s bursting with flavor and vibrant colors – roasted beets with vegan ricotta, pistachios, and garlic chips. These Vegan Remolachas are a delightful way to enjoy the sweet flavor of beets, paired with the creamy tanginess of vegan crème fraîche (or sour cream), and the nutty crunch of black pepper-infused roasted pistachios. A little bit of classic charm is added to this sweet and savory combination, making it a perfect choice for a special occasion. Click here to get the recipe.

Comforting Restaurant-style Recipes to Cook Together and/or Impress your Partner With

Vegan Cauliflower au Vin

(By Sarala Terpstra)

Cauliflower au Vin

Embark on a culinary adventure with the world’s best recipes and master the art of cooking dinner with this exquisite Vegan Cauliflower au Vin. A modern twist on the classic Coq au Vin, this dish features cauliflower as its centerpiece, seasoned traditionally, and flambéed for an extra burst of flavor. Whether served over creamy mashed potatoes or rice, it promises a savory delight for your taste buds. Follow the comprehensive cooking guide to recreate this culinary masterpiece. Click here to get the recipe.

Panko-Crusted Cauliflower and Coconut Curry

(By Bryant Terry)

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Panko-Crusted Cauliflower and Coconut Curry is a delightful fusion dish that marries the crispy goodness of oven-roasted cauliflower with a rich and aromatic coconut curry, perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The curry is infused with a blend of spices, including garam masala, chili powder, and turmeric, creating a flavorful and comforting base with tomatoes and coconut milk. No need to go to a fancy restaurant when this recipe yields a tantalizing combination of textures and flavors served elegantly over black rice and garnished with garlic chips and parsley. Click here to get the recipe.

Luxurious Vegan Baked Brie

(By Hannah Sunderani)

Luxurious Vegan Baked Brie from The Two Spoons Cookbook by Hannah Sunderani

Elevate your Valentine’s Day dinner experience with this sumptuous vegan baked brie, boasting a rich, creamy, and garlicky flavor profile. Perfect for entertaining in the cold winter months, this luxurious cheese is sure to soothe the soul. Pair it with a fresh baguette or crackers and savor the moment with a glass of red wine. Click here to get the recipe.

Spinach Chickpea and Tofu Curry

(By Sarah Kermalli)

Spinach Tofu Curry

Savor the exquisite taste of this vegan tofu curry, a luscious blend of creamy textures and robust flavors. Immerse yourself in the goodness of tofu, spinach, and chickpeas, expertly crafted to deliver a truly satisfying and flavorful dining experience. Elevate the dish with the addition of zesty lemon slices, providing a burst of freshness that enhances every bite. This culinary creation not only satisfies your palate but also offers plenty of Valentine charm, making it an ideal choice for a romantic and memorable meal. Click here to get the recipe.

Sunflower Ramen with Baked Tofu

(By Megan Sadd)

sunflower ramen

Create a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner with this speedy and satisfying ramen recipe! While the traditional ramen broth often demands hours of preparation, clever shortcuts bring this dish to your table in just thirty minutes, toppings included. Crafted initially to sidestep the hassle of parking downtown for my beloved ramen spot, this quick recipe has become one of my cherished blog favorites. Click here to get the recipe.

Silken Tofu With Pine Nuts and Pickled Chiles

(By Meera Sodha)

Vegan Silken Tofu with Pine Nuts and Pickled Chiles

Savor the perfect blend of flavors in this Valentine’s Day dinner special, where the fragility of tofu harmonizes with a robust dressing: hot and sour with pickled chiles, salty with soy, and crunchy with toasted pine nuts. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Spicy “Tuna” Maki

(By Kirsten Kaminski)

Vegan Spicy “Tuna” Maki from Kirsten Kaminski's The Traveling Vegan Cookbook

Experience the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner with this culinary masterpiece. Delight in the art of vegan sushi, where slightly cooked tomato flesh soaked in a flavorful fishy marinade takes center stage, harmonizing effortlessly with an array of captivating flavors. Discover the magic of veganization in every bite! Click here to get the recipe.

Veggie Sushi

(By Rachel Steenland)

veggie sushi

Create delicious and colorful Veggie Sushi Rolls at home with this easy-to-follow recipe. Featuring a variety of fresh and flavorful ingredients like cucumber, avocado, and vegan ‘tuna,’ these rolls are perfect for a light and satisfying Valentine’s day dinner. Click here to get the recipe.

Stuffed Chinese Eggplants

(By Jeeca Uy)

Stuffed Chinese Eggplants from Jeeca Uy’s Vegan Asian

If you’re looking for a new way to cook up your eggplant apart from the usual baked or stir-fried methods, then you need to try stuffing them!  Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Filipino Adobong Tokwa (Tofu Adobo)

(By Val & Mani Latifi)

Vegan Filipino Adobong Tokwa (Tofu Adobo)

This Vegan Filipino Adobong Tokwa (Tofu Adobo) is a delightful twist on the classic Filipino dish, featuring roasted potatoes and pan-browned tofu in a flavorful adobo sauce. The dish is a harmonious blend of savory, sweet, and tangy, with a medley of soy sauce, vinegar, and aromatic spices like garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Red Red Stew

(By Zoe Adjonyoh)

Vegan Red Red Stew from Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by Zoe Adjonyoh

This stew of black-eyed peas (cowpeas) cooked in a gently spiced tomato sauce is a great vegan dish eaten all day long in Ghana–an alternative to baked beans for breakfast or as a bean casserole for lunch or a valentine’s day dinner. Click here to get the recipe.

King Pao Mushrooms

(By Hannah Che)

King pao mushrooms

King Pao Mushrooms is a delightful stir-fry recipe featuring tender king oyster mushrooms tossed in a flavorful and aromatic sauce. The mushrooms are coated in a crispy layer of starch before being fried to golden perfection. The sauce, a harmonious blend of Chinkiang black vinegar, Shaoxing wine, soy sauce, and spices, infuses the dish with a rich and savory profile. Click here to get the recipe.

Vegan Jackfruit Bourguignon

(By Devorah Bowen)

Vegan Jackfruit Bourguignon

Bourguignon is traditionally Beef Bourguignon and made with both beef and bacon.This version has been happily Veganized by omitting the bacon and using Young Jackfruit. This is the perfect cold weather meal to cozy up with. Click here to get the recipe.

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