5 Lovely Valentine’s Day Appetizers

Valentine’s Day dinners are tailor-made for sharing. Couples want to share an experience over dinner and it all starts with splitting a classy appetizer. This year, instead of sticking with your old standbys, try busting out one (or a few) of these jaw-dropping starters!

Burrata with Vincotto, Grilled Pears, Pickled Golden Raisins & Micro Greens

Don’t you feel classier just reading that title? Jokes aside, this recipe from the brilliant chef Laura Hamm is an excellent way to showcase seasonal ingredients on your Valentine’s Day menu. Although this recipe takes a bit more time to prepare than others on this list, it’s absolutely worth the effort; you’ll be hard pressed to find an appetizer that balances complexity, seasonality, and aesthetics so effortlessly.

Grilled Romaine Hearts With Lemon Yogurt Dressing

Leave it to Andy Boy to come up with a romaine appetizer that’ll knock your socks off. Crispy, refreshing, and pleasantly nutritious, their grilled romaine hearts recipe deserves a spot on your Valentine’s Day menu. To keep your romaine hearts crunchy, make sure to give them time to cool after you take them off the grill. 

Spicy Maple Roasted Carrots

Looking to turn up the heat this Valentine’s Day? Bring out this dish from Grimmway Farms! This recipe offers an intriguing mix of spicy and sweet flavors by coating baked carrots in citrus, maple syrup, and red pepper flakes.

  • Pro Tip: Keep things colorful by using rainbow carrots. 

Carrot, Fennel and Citrus Salad

Use a trio of seasonal produce to your advantage with this beautiful salad. This dish is a great balance of sweet, bitter, and savory flavors before finishing things off with a lingering tartness courtesy of fresh grapefruit! Best of all, you can bust this dish out in 5 minutes or less. Make sure to top with a generous helping of toasted pecans to bring a more complex texture. 

Lollipop Bacon Rollups

In our books, the best appetizers do a lot with a little. This recipe from Salad Savoy follows that mantra to a t, creating a classy appetizer with 5 simple ingredients. After all, is there anything that doesn’t taste delicious wrapped in bacon?