14 Special Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas for Family

Celebrate family love and good food. If you’re looking for Valentine’s Day dinner ideas for family, I’ve got you covered with easy recipes for everything from appetizers and main dishes to desserts.

Lobster ravioli on a plate with sauce and snipped chives.

Here are 14 delicious, cute and elegant recipes for a fun family Valentine’s Day dinner menu. I’ve included the most popular dinners for Valentine’s Day, like special roast beef tenderloin and indulgent lobster ravioli with cream sauce, as well as cutesy Valentine’s dinner ideas like heart-shaped pizza that will have kids squealing with delight.

You’re sure to find a dish your family will love. These ideas are simple, easy, flavourful, and perfect for a cozy night in. (And if you’re looking for an adorable treat, be sure to also check out my 10+ Easy Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookie Ideas!)

Strawberry Goat Cheese Crostini

This strawberry goat cheese crostini recipe is fresh, vibrant & versatile. The sweet and juicy strawberries, tangy goat cheese, and crispy baguette come together in perfect harmony to create a mouth-watering appetizer. Serve it as a prelude to a cozy dinner or as a light snack to munch on while sipping a glass of wine.

Crunchy crostini topped with sliced strawberries and fresh goat cheese

Heart Caprese Salad

Bring a touch of Italy to your Valentine’s Day family dinner with this delectable heart caprese salad! Featuring sweet tomatoes, mozzarella, and fragrant basil, this simple yet elegant appetizer is sure to win everyone’s hearts.

Heart caprese salad by KBStyled

A plate of Heart-shaped Caprese Salad, made with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil.

Veggie Beet Mashed Potatoes

Bring a pop of colour and nutrition to your Valentine’s Day celebration with this unique beet mashed potatoes recipe. This recipe combines creamy mashed potatoes with beets’ sweet and earthy flavour, creating a visually stunning and delicious dish. Your kids will ask for seconds, making it the perfect side dish for a family-friendly Valentine’s dinner. 

A ceramic bowl of Beet Mashed Potatoes topped with fresh cilantro

Garlic Beet Hummus

This Pink Beet Hummus is a vegan, gluten-free, oil-free delight that is sure to nourish your family. With creamy chickpeas, fresh beets, and garlic, this hummus has a vibrant pink hue and unique flavours. 

Whether you’re dipping vegetables or crackers, spreading it on toast, pairing it with avocado, or using it as a delicious sauce in burgers, sandwiches, and wraps, this unique dip makes your at-home Valentine’s dinner truly special.

Garlic beet hummus by Veggiekins

Bowl of garlic beet hummus served with crunchy potato chips for dipping

Lobster Ravioli Sauce

No matter who you’re cooking for, this lobster ravioli dish is sure to do the trick. The tender and succulent lobster filling, paired with a rich and creamy sauce, will transport you and your sweetheart straight to a fancy restaurant.

I suggest serving this with steamed asparagus or green beans or tossing together a bright and crisp salad with torn lettuce, a drizzle of olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a bolder flavour pairing like a classic caesar salad to complement the rich and creamy ravioli dish.

Lobster ravioli sauce by Foodess

A plate of creamy lobster ravioli with a fork and knife

Roast Beef Tenderloin with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

This roast beef tenderloin is a delicious Valentine’s Day feast that will delight your whole family. The juicy and tender beef tenderloin is roasted to perfection and served with a rich mushroom cream sauce. This recipe is the perfect choice for a fancy and elegant feast that the whole family will love.

But, if you’re in the mood for something a little more rustic, my roast beef with garlic and herb breadcrumb crust is just what you need. With its crunchy and flavourful crust, this dish is perfect for those who love a hearty and satisfying meal. Ultimately, the choice between the two depends on personal preference and the vibe you want to set for your Valentine’s Day dinner.

Roast beef tenderloin served on a plate with creamy mushroom sauce

Beet Heart Ravioli with Ricotta and Thyme

Beet pasta is filled with a flavourful combination of ricotta cheese and thyme, then drizzled with a buttery sage sauce for an unforgettable meal. This Beet Heart Ravioli dish is all natural with no added artificial colours. This is one of my favorite Valentine’s Day dinner ideas for family because it’s as adorable as it is delicious.

Enjoy one of Italy’s most beloved dishes with a twist – Beet heart ravioli from Pina Bresciani. 

Beet Heart Ravioli arranged on a white marble background

Chorizo Paella with Shrimp and Chicken

This chorizo paella with shrimp and chicken is a quick, flavourful, and easy one-pot meal that will be a showstopper for your romantic dinner. The cook time is under 30 minutes, so you can enjoy this delicious, well-balanced dish in no time. Serve it with a fresh salad, steamed green beans with garlic and feta cheese, crunchy garlic bread, or a bowl of steamed mussels in a light cream and wine sauce for a complete feast.

Chorizo paella in a pan with a serving spoon

Valentine Charcuterie Board

This valentine charcuterie board is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. From savoury meats and cheeses to sweet fruits and chocolates, this board offers something for everyone. Little ones will love the colourful array of fruits and sweet treats, while adults will appreciate the selection of delicious meats and cheeses. 

Valentine charcuterie board by Wanderlust & Wellness

Valentine's Day charcuterie board featuring meats, cheeses, fruits, and chocolates

Flat Iron Steak with Creamy Peruvian Green Sauce

This flat iron steak with creamy peruvian green sauce is a unique and delicious twist on a classic dish. The juicy and flavourful steak is paired with a creamy aji verde sauce that will leave you smacking your lips in appreciation. Serve it with a side of roasted vegetables or a simple green salad to round out the meal. Your Valentine will thank you!

Flat iron steak served on a plate with creamy Peruvian green sauce

Creamy Vegan Pink Pasta

Beets and cashews give this pasta dish a pretty pink hue that is perfect for the holiday of love. Even the toughest critics in the family will approve of it.

Creamy Vegan Pink Pasta by Eating by Elaine

A vibrant bowl of creamy vegan pink pasta

Heart Shaped Pizza

This heart shaped pizza recipe adds fun and love to your Valentine’s Day dinner! It is topped with pepperoni and shredded mozzarella cheese. Serve it with a colourful saladgarlic bread, and a sweet dessert to complete the meal. These are not only cute and festive but also a fun activity for kids to get involved in and help create their own.

Heart shaped pizza by Lil’ Luna

Heart-shaped pizza topped with melted cheese and pepperoni

Strawberry Brownies 

These fudgy strawberry brownies combine the heavenly combination of dark chocolate and strawberry jam, giving you the perfect mix of flavour and texture. They have a rich, chewy texture that’ll leave you and your loved ones feeling satisfied and ending the night on a sweet note. These treats are perfect for sharing and a must-have for any Valentine’s Day dessert spread.

Strawberry brownies by Foodess

Square-sliced strawberry brownies

Valentine’s Day Raspberry Hand Pies

These delightful treats are an indulgent ode to love. Each mini hand pie is made with flaky, buttery pastry and filled with a decadent combination of raspberry jam, fresh raspberries, and white chocolate. Create a filling that truly satisfies your family’s taste buds—customize it to their liking. 

Valentine’s Day raspberry hand pies by Emma Duckworth Bakes

Valentine's Day Raspberry Hand Pies drizzled with white chocolate

Other mouth-watering recipes you can add to your Valentine’s dinner menu

Last Updated on February 9, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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