Whether you’re looking to wow your Valentine’s date with your culinary skills and a romantic meal for two, or simply want to avoid the formality of a restaurant setting, here at olive we have crafted perfect menus for every situation.
Left it to the last minute? Fear not! Our collection of quick romantic recipes will take you no time at all to rustle up. Or perhaps you’re embracing Galentine’s Day and hosting a girls night in? Look no further than these Valentine’s Day dinner recipes, featuring everything from grilled oysters and champagne cocktails to a romantic steak dinner, tear-and-share garlic bread and self-saucing chocolate pudding.
Looking to impress
Want to wow your Valentine with your culinary expertise and sophisticated style? Look no further than this classic menu, featuring oysters, steak and rich dark chocolate
Get your evening off to a sparkling start with these striking champagne cocktails
Famously aphrodisiac, oysters embody the luxury of Valentine’s Day. Excite your date with this simple but impressive recipe
Easy to rustle up, this fresh steak recipe is full of flavour and a lighter twist on the classic dish
Dark chocolate, vanilla and a dash of rum add decadence, but the lightness of the soufflé keeps things delicate
Long term relationship
Surprise that special someone and remind them just how much they mean to you with this menu that avoids conventional options while oozing refinement and sincerity
Simple to whip up, the lesser-known aphrodisiac quality of figs suggests subtle but sophisticated romance
Spice things up with this succulent, flavoursome lamb. Serve with more pomegranate seeds to take full advantage of the pomegranate’s status as a symbol of love and fertility
End your evening on a luxurious note with these plump pears poached in sweet sparkling wine and drenched in hot chocolate sauce
Fun and light hearted
New relationships can be tricky on Valentine’s Day. If you want to keep things casual and light-hearted, try out this colourful menu, which steers clear of all the traditional stereotypes
Quick to make and a modern twist on the classic prawn cocktail, these toasts are fun and fresh
Bursting with colour and flavour, this vegetarian main keeps things casual, although the pomegranate seeds and red chilli add subtle romantic undertones
Easy to prepare in advance, these white chocolate, orange and raspberry pots are given an unexpected twist with a dash of Cointreau
Fancy treating your guest to gourmet restaurant-style food but want to stay in the intimate setting of your own home? If you’ve got all day to prepare, take a look at these fancy recipes from restaurants around the country
This recipe for glazed lokma doughnuts with spiced chicken liver parfait comes from Le Bab in London and makes an impressive starter, full of unusual and delicious flavour combinations
A beautiful recipe from Alistair Craig of The Horseshoe Inn near Peebles. Perfectly cooked veal rump is paired with a creamy cauliflower puree, girolles and broad beans
Delight your Valentine with this elegant dessert from Bulrush in Bristol. It’s a bit of a challenge, but your hard work will pay off
Left it to the last minute
Somehow missed the stands of heart-shaped chocolates at the end of every supermarket aisle? Restaurant double booked? Fear not! Olive is here to save the day with our menu requiring as little preparation time as possible
Need to buy yourself a few extra minutes? Whip up this cocktail to delight your guest while you finish off in the kitchen
Ready in just 5 minutes, this classic sweet-and-savoury starter is both refined and refreshing
A pretty and delicate dish, the salmon is presented on a bed of steamed broccoli, couscous and watercress, and sprinkled with pumpkin and pomegranate seeds. Nobody would guess it only takes 15 minutes to make!
Sweet and spicy, these rich chocolate and ginger pots are the perfect Valentine’s finale. Whip them up in just 20 minutes then pop them into the fridge to chill while you’re eating
Being single is no reason to wallow on Valentine’s Day. Get your closest girlfriends together for a night of indulgence and fun, and let them know how much they mean to you
Deliciously pink and sweet, the perfect way to kick off your girls’ night
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get all your single ladies together… and the best thing is garlic isn’t off limits!
Place this comforting cheesy dish the middle of the table surrounded with the toppings in little bowls and let everyone dig in – no need for fancy presentation
Pudding doing it for itself, sisters certainly doin’ it for themselves! Prepare this indulgent chocolate dessert in advance and pop it in the oven when you start eating
Family night in
Just because you’re in with the family doesn’t mean you can’t embrace Valentine’s Day! Check out these tasty recipes loved by kids and adults alike
Why not get the kids involved in helping roll the mozzarella cubes into these cheesy garlic dough balls?
Our favourite bolognese recipe, with pancetta, pork sausages and lots of herbs and veggies to really ramp up the flavour. Make it in a slow cooker to give yourself more time for family doughball production!
A fun, easy, prepare-in-advance recipe that kids will adore and adults will secretly enjoy too
Written by Rachel Dinsdale
or if you prefer an alternative foodie Valentine’s date (no three-course dinners and red roses here) listen to our podcast here
olive magazine podcast ep38 – alternative foodie Valentine’s dates and Scottish food FTW