Recipes for Valentine's Day - Salads with Red Ingredients

Yummy, Simple Salad

An inviting salad of mixed greens with chunks of chilled baked red potato.
An inviting salad of mixed greens with chunks of chilled baked red potato. | Source

Keep the Valentine Theme for Your Romantic Dinner at Home

Following are 3 simple salad ideas which use a touch of red color for Valentine's Day.

1. Green and Red Potato Salad

A simple baked red potato adds both color and interesting flavor to this salad. Potatoes have wonderful flavor on their own, but we often hide it with butter and salt or with mayonaisse and eggs in a cold summer potato salad. This recipe allows the potato to shine without disguise.

Cook Time

Prep time: 6 min
Cook time: 5 min
Ready in: 11 min
Yields: Makes 1 large, meal-sized salad or 2 side salads

Ingredients for Green and Red Potato Salad

  • 2 cups mixed greens, with radicchio or red bits
  • 1 red potato, baked and cooled
  • 2 Tablespoons salad dressing of choice, optional

Green and Red Potato Salad Ingredients

A bag of pre-washed mixed salad greens.
A bag of pre-washed mixed salad greens. | Source
Two  cups of salad greens in a glass measuring cup.
Two cups of salad greens in a glass measuring cup. | Source
A bag of red potatoes.
A bag of red potatoes. | Source
One potato baked in an oven (the old-fashioned way.)
One potato baked in an oven (the old-fashioned way.) | Source

Steps for Making the Green and Red Potato Salad

Chop the cooled potato.
Chop the cooled potato. | Source
Spread trhe greens on a plate or in a bowl.
Spread trhe greens on a plate or in a bowl. | Source
Ta-DA!  A Gorgeoous, 2-ingredient Valentine salad.
Ta-DA! A Gorgeoous, 2-ingredient Valentine salad. | Source

Instructions for Making Green and Red Potato Salad

1. It is best to do this step a few hours or a day ahead of time. Wash the potato and prick it in 3 places with a fork or knife. Bake it -- either in an oven at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or in a microwave oven on high for 4 minutes. Allow it to cool in the refrigerator.

2. Measure the salad greens and spread on plate.

3. Chop the cooled potato into chunks, having abit of the red outer skin on each chunk.

4. Place the potato chunks evenly and artistically over the greens.

5. If desired, drizzle with a salad dressing of your choice.

A zesty dressing.
A zesty dressing. | Source

Strawberries work in a green salad

Another yummy Valentine's Day salad!
Another yummy Valentine's Day salad! | Source

2. Strawberry-Green Salad

I had a version of this at a January potluck supper and had to try it at home. Everyone at that supper was amazed at how great this sweet salad is, and we enjoyed eating strawberries in the middle of our cold winter.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 min Ready in: 5 min

Yields: Makes one side salad for 1 person

Ingredients for Stawberry-Green Salad

  • 1 cup salad greens, such as romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • 4 or more strawberries, halved
  • 1-2 Tablespoons raspberry vinagrette or dressing

Strawberry-Green Salad Ingredients

Strawberries provide Valentine red color.
Strawberries provide Valentine red color. | Source
Strawberries in a box.
Strawberries in a box. | Source
Greens spread on a salad plate.
Greens spread on a salad plate. | Source
Strawberry halves on salad greens.
Strawberry halves on salad greens. | Source
Raspberry Walnut light dressing.
Raspberry Walnut light dressing. | Source

Instructions for Making Strawberry-Green Salad

Unlike the prior recipe which called for a greens mix which included some red-colored lettuces, this salad calls for pure green greens. THis sets off the brilliant red of the strawberries.

1. Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Cut in half so that you have 2 identical pieces.

2. Measure the greens and place on plate.

3. Place strawberry halves around the plate with the cut side down.

4. Drizzle with the sweet raspberry dressing.

As with the potato recipe, if you find a soft or tiny rotten spot on a strawberry, cut it out and toos into the garbage bowl.

3. Extra Cherries Fruit Salad

When I was little, both at school and at home I would be served fruit cocktail from a can. This contained white grapes, chopped peaches and pears, and sparce maraschino cherry halves. My siblings and I always valued the cherries for their lively color and their super-sweet flavor. This preference was so heated that my mother probably had to count the cherries as she served us to keeo things "fair." Even so, one could only expect one measley half per bowl of fruit cocktail.

Now I am re-creating the old fruit cocktail. P.S. - it has plenty of maraschino cherries!

Cook Time

Prep time: 6 min Ready in: 6 min

Yields: Makes 4 side salads

Ingredients for Extra Cherries Fruit salad

  • 1 15-ounce can pear slices
  • 1 10-ounce jar maraschino chereries
  • 1 15-ounce can large chunk mixed fruit (I use tropical fruit)

Extra Cherries Fruit Salad Ingredients

Three cans or jars from the grocery store.
Three cans or jars from the grocery store. | Source

Instructions for Making Extra Cherries Fruit Salad

1. Wipe any dust or dirt from the top of the cans, then open.

2. Place about 3 to 5 pear slices on each plate. Position them evenly around.

3. Put 2 to 3 spoonfuls of the other fruit chunks over the pears. Use enough to fill the plate.

4. Carefully and joyfully place maraschino cherries evenly on top of the fruits. Use at least 5 cherries per plate.

Easy and Tasty Fruit Salad

Step one is placing pear slices on a fancy plate.
Step one is placing pear slices on a fancy plate. | Source
Pile on the other canned fruit.
Pile on the other canned fruit. | Source
Go crazy with the cherries!
Go crazy with the cherries! | Source

SIMPLE and Creative Salad for Your Loved One(s)

As you can tell, these are 3 ridiculously easy-to make salads. They are eye-appealing and taste wonderful. Please let me know which one you used.

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Photos and text copyright 2013 Maren E. Morgan.

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Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand

Hi Maren, love your Valentine day salad recipes. I am vegetarian going vegan and this was very helpful. I will add a link to this article on my Vegan Recipe Guide hub.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks, Sushma! I didn't think about it, but I guess they are vegan. :)


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Sushma Webber 3 years ago from New Zealand

I am going to share this article on Facebook too, since Valentine's Day is just round the corner.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Sushma, have i told you recently that i wuv you? Thanks for sharing my hub!


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Natashalh 3 years ago from Hawaii

It may sound silly, but I've literally never thought to put potatoes on a lettuce salad. Thanks for giving me the idea!


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Natashalh - that is not silly at all. It had not occurred to me either, but somehow the idea popped into my head and I absolutely love the taste sensation. Thanks for your comment.

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