This Valentine’s Day, why not treat your special someone to a delicious homemade vegan dinner? Cooking someone a special meal is an incredibly thoughtful gift and experience. It’s never been easier to cook up a beautiful vegan dinner with millions of great vegan recipes on the internet.
Here at Dolma, we have tried and tested tons of vegan meals over the last few years. Here is a list of the best vegan Valentine’s Day dinner recipes just for you, saving you the time and energy.
Falafels from Tori Avey
Trust us when we tell you that these are simply the best homemade falafels you will ever make. This recipe is the best out of the thousands of falafel recipes out there! We have tried and tested them far more than we should have and they never fail to impress people.
Falafels are the perfect vegan dinner idea as they are fun to create and fun to eat. We highly suggest serving with a fresh salad, pan-fried aubergine, pickled cabbage, pickles, a tasty tahini dressing, hummus and wrap it all inside a soft tortilla.
Make sure you do not use canned chickpeas or cooked chickpeas or it will not work. You need to use chickpeas soaked overnight for the best results. This is guaranteed to impress your special someone this year.
Eggplant Meatballs from Connoisseurus VEG
Alternative meats are all the rage at the moment but we still believe the best alternative meats are made from good hearty vegetables. These eggplant meatballs are the perfect recipe for Valentine’s Day for a romantic Italian-esque dining experience.
They are really easy to put together too, best served with a marinara sauce poured over a big healthy portion of wholewheat spaghetti. If you can get your hands on some vegan parmesan then that is a great way to top it all off.
You could even serve with a side of roasted garlic bread to make it even more special! Just remember to put out some mints for after, garlic breath shouldn’t be a part of any Valentine’s Day plan.
If you don’t have flax seeds you can replace them with chia seeds and it works just as well.
Sri Lankan Roasted Coconut Pumpkin Curry
Roasted Coconut Pumpkin Curry from My Sri Lankan Recipe
If your special someone is a big fan of curry then this Sri Lankan curry dish will not only leave them speechless it’s also a nice change-up from their usual Indian curries. There is a distinct difference in the taste of a Sri Lankan curry and if you have not tried one before be prepared to be amazed.
Towards the end of cooking this dish, you add a dry roasted spice mix which transforms the curry into this wonderfully fragrant and moreish dish. Best served with basmati rice and vegan naan bread. You could also make poppadoms if you are feeling extra hungry!
Feel free to swap out the pumpkin for butternut squash, it works just as well, if not better!
Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach
Vegan Mushroom Pasta with Spinach from Bianca Zapatka
For those of you are not used to being in the kitchen but want to cook up something tasty for your loved one anyway, this simple but delicious mushroom pasta dish is the choice for you. It won’t challenge your cooking skills too much but it will still impress your loved one.
The pine nuts are a must with this dish as they add that extra special element. Make sure to serve it up with good quality pasta, a bottle of white wine and some garlic bread. Try to avoid using button mushrooms. Instead, pick a richer tasting mushroom such as portabello or shitake.
Seitan Steak Dinner
Seitan Steak from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken
A steak dinner has been associated with Valentine’s Day for a very long time. Fortunately, vegans don’t have to miss out on this anymore and if you’re cooking for a non-vegan this may just blow their socks off.
This seitan steak is quite simple to put together, packed full of protein and most importantly, absolutely delicious. Best served up with some big chunky homemade chips, side of garden peas and of course, a peppercorn sauce.
If you are cooking for a vegan man this Valentine’s Day, this is a great choice of vegan recipe and for an extra thoughtful touch, serve it his favourite vegan beer or ale.
Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pie
Creamy Leek and Mushroom Pie from Wallflower Kitchen
A good homemade pie is guaranteed to make anyone love you that little bit more. There is never not a good time for pie and Valentine’s Day is no exception. Putting the pie together may be a challenge to those not used to being in the kitchen but it is very rewarding.
Serve up your creamy leek and mushroom pie with a good helping of roasted vegetables, vegan Yorkshire puddings and of course, gravy! This is real comfort food and provided you don’t eat too much is the perfect vegan Valentine’s Day dinner recipe.
Avoid using coconut milk as the non-dairy milk ingredient. Instead, use oat or rice because the coconut flavour can take focus away from the tasty pie ingredients.
Linguine with Avocado, Tomato & Lime
Linguine with Avocado, Tomato and Lime from BBC Good Food
Another simple but tasty dish that will suit anyone who is a cooking novice. This linguine pasta dish combines great flavours with the green vegan miracle food that is avocado. This one is really quick to put together too with a minimal number of ingredients to worry about.
Best served with a glass of white wine and a side dish of garlic bread or focaccia. If you or your loved one are one of the few vegans that dislike avocados then simply swapping it out for pumpkin or butternut squash works well too.
Vegan Lasagne from Nora Cooks
This one is a little trickier to put together but if you are out to impress then it’s the best choice for this vegan Valentine’s Day. This special vegan lasagne is packed full of courgette, mushrooms, spinach and whatever else you can find in the fridge.
The tofu-ricotta cheese is simply divine and guaranteed to win you some brownie points with whoever you serve it to. Again, this is best served with a side of homemade chunky chips for dipping and some garlic bread if you are extra hungry.
The best thing about this recipe is there will be enough left over for the following day! Just stick it in the oven to reheat.
Creamy Vegetable Risotto
Creamy Vegetable Risotto from Minimalist Baker
Risotto has always resembled a fine dining dish that is the perfect meal for two. It is a small dish that is decadent, rich and delicious. Risotto never fails to please people so this Valentine’s Day why not treat your loved one to this creamy vegetable vegan risotto?
This recipe is packed full of healthy veg including asparagus, broccolini and red bell peppers. It’s also quite simple to put together and should take you no longer than 30-45 minutes to cook. It should be served with a glass of wine, a side of focaccia bread and even some steamed vegetables would be a nice addition.
Treat your special someone this vegan Valentine’s Day to a fine dining experience they won’t forget, right at home.