Hello, vegetarians! What are you planning on cooking up for Valentine's Day? Many traditional menus involve animal-based proteins (oysters, lobster, steaks, etc.), which means as a vegetarian you're free to be as inventive as you want for this special meal.
Need some inspiration? Read on for 25 of our favorite vegetarian dishes, grouped into six menus representing America, France, Italy, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and India. Take your sweetie somewhere special for Valentine's Day!
Each menu has four items: a starter or appetizer, two sides, and one main. Feel free to mix things up, of course. These menus are meant to be inspirations, so have fun playing around with them.
This Valentine's meal is hearty but elegant — perfect for when you're going for something a little more casual, but still want to put in some effort to show you care.
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- Green Salad with Orange, Avocado, and Red Onion
- Warm Beet and Farro Salad
- Vegetarian Root Vegetable Pot Pie
Bring a touch of romantic Paris to your Valentine's meal with this French-inspired menu. Serve the tart with a glass of Champagne and play some 1960s French jazz on the stereo to set the scene.
- Caramelized Onion and Phyllo Tart
- Arugula, Pear & Blue Cheese Salad with Warm Vinaigrette
- Pine Nut and Scallion Couscous
- Easy French Ratatouille
Jet off to Italy with this comforting menu that embraces favorites like lasagna and mixes in some unexpected twists, like cheesy polenta squares.
- Herbed Goat Cheese Polenta Bites
- Slow-Cooked Kale with Smashed Garlic & Red Onions
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- Cheesy Vegetarian Lasagna
Mexican food is bright, lively, and spicy — and a fun way to celebrate with your loved one. The slow cooker enchiladas allow you to get the main dish started the day before, leaving you extra time to get ready for the big night.
- Creamy Vegan Queso Dip
- Cilantro-Jalapeño Jicama Slaw
- Restaurant-Style Mexican Rice
- Slow Cooker Black Bean Enchiladas
The flavors of the Mediterranean are robust and bursting with life, making this a good menu for our favorite February holiday.
- Minty Sweet Pea and Mascarpone Dip
- Quinoa Tabbouleh
- Garlicky Chickpea and Fennel Salad with Baked Goat Cheese
- Vegetarian Kale and Cannellini Bean Stew
Apologies to Indian purists for mixing up the north and the south with this menu! Still, the flavors of India are represented here and make for an enjoyable, deeply flavored experience.
Black Salt-and-Pepper Roasted Cashews
- Saffron Rice Pilaf
- Aloo Tikki (Golden Potato Croquettes)
- 10-Hour Slow Cooker Chana Masala
In our opinion, there is just one dessert that rules them all for Valentine's Day: Ina Garten's Devil's Food cake.