Folklore has long associated the lovely, sunshine-colored lemon with romance. In the Middle Ages, oils and powders made from lemon rinds were often stirred into love potions. More recently (in the last century) a common bit of folk wisdom suggested that a small heart cut from lemon peel and carried in the pocket would attract a suitor. And to this day, some say that a dream of lemons foretells good fortune in romantic relationships.
In our modern era, maybe we’ve got lemons all wrong—and maybe it’s time to change some opinions! To that end, we present this romantic dinner menu designed to add a little zest to your Valentine’s Day. From bruschetta to baked salmon to truffles, these luscious lemony recipes are guaranteed make your sweetie pucker up.
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This light and lemony cocktail recipe is perfectly portioned to top off two champagne flutes, making it the perfect pairing for toasting your togetherness.
Put a little zest in your bruschetta. This deliciously different appetizer offers a refreshing twist on traditional tomato bruschetta.
This luscious Lemon Pasta recipe includes pancetta, parmigiano, lemon zest and capers, with a dash of red pepper flakes to spice things up. Serve as a side dish or light main course.
This baked salmon recipe combines salmon fillets, asparagus and lemon en papillotte (parchment packets) to create an impressive, yet easy, dinner for two.
Made with heavy cream, sugar and grated Meyer lemon zest, this creamy dessert for two is the perfect choice to cap off a romantic dinner at home.
These no-bake lemon truffles are bursting with fresh-squeezed flavor. Top these sweet and simple truffles with our luscious lemon glaze for even more citrusy goodness.
You can use preserved lemons to add a fresh twist of flavor to a variety of dishes. Once you try it, you will look for ways to incorporate this tart and tasty ingredient in your other favorite recipes, like our Lemon-Ricotta Bruschetta.
No matter how you serve them—on the side of a cocktail glass, atop a lemon cake or in a candy dish—these Candied Lemon Peels are a delightful way to wake up your taste buds.
Feeling fancy, fun or flirty? Set the table and the mood with these romantic table setting ideas from Hallmark photo stylists.