If you want to enjoy a quiet dinner for two, why go out?
Restaurants are impossible on Valentine's Day, and you'll probably both be happier with something homemade. (Your wallet certainly will be.)
This year, treat your valentine to an Italian-inspired meal and skip the crowds. Better yet, leave these recipes somewhere obvious and maybe they'll cook dinner for you instead!
We've scaled the recipes to about 4 servings, rather than 2,
to allow for seconds or leftovers...enjoy!
Salad might not be the first thing you think of on Valentine's Day, but the cheery color and complex flavors of this recipe will have you adding it to your rotation year 'round. Thanks to Denise Herr of Galloway, Ohio, who shared this recipe with us for our cookbook, 101 Soups, Salads & Sandwiches.
1/2 c. olive oil, divided
1/3 loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/3 t. salt
1 ripe tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 red pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cucumber, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1/4 red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1/3 bunch fresh basil, coarsely chopped
1 T. capers
Optional: salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t. garlic, minced
1/4 t. Dijon mustard
1-1/2 T. champagne vinegar
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
Heat one tablespoon oil over low to medium heat in a large skillet. Add bread and salt to skillet; sauté until deep golden, about 10 minutes, tossing frequently and adding remaining oil as needed. Drain on paper towels. Mix remaining ingredients except salt and pepper in a large salad bowl; add bread. Whisk together all Vinaigrette ingredients. Drizzle salad with Vinaigrette and toss; add salt and pepper to taste, if desired. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.