Romantic Easter Dinner Date for Two – From Chocolate with Love

Mar 31, 2012 Comments Off by

Chocolate is a much-loved part of Easter celebrations, and its rich, velvety nature embodies romance and sensuality. This Easter, why not treat your partner to a romantic dinner date that uses chocolate in all three courses.

Although each course contains chocolate, this chocolate meal is not a succession of sickly sweet desserts. Rather, the use of chocolate in these recipes is subtle and done in such a way as to bring out and complement the other flavors.

Begin with an intensely fresh salad accentuated by a rich chocolate balsamic dressing. Follow this with molé, a traditional Mexican dish that uses chocolate to counteract the spiciness of red chili peppers, before coming to a romantic finale with strawberries half-coated in rich dark chocolate.

Roasted Beet and Cocoa Nib Salad with Chocolate Balsamic Dressing

The distinctive flavors of beets, balsamic vinegar, cocoa and orange fuse together in this salad to create a dish that bursts with intensity. The double dose of chocolate in the cocoa nibs and chocolate balsamic dressing lends a richness to a dish that is otherwise very fresh and light.


For the salad:

  • 3 small beets
  • 2 ounces mixed spring salad leaves
  • 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/8 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1/4 cup cocoa nibs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (for brushing)

For the dressing:

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil


Brush the beets with the olive oil, then wrap them in aluminum foil and bake at 350 F for about 1 hour, until they are tender. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool without removing the foil.

While the beets are cooling, prepare the dressing by mixing all the ingredients except for the oil in a small bowl and whisking gently until the mixture is smooth. Add the oil slowly and mix so that it blends with the vinegar.

Peel and section the orange, then slice the cooled beets. Arrange the salad leaves, orange sections, walnuts, red onion, and beets on the serving plates. Top each salad with cocoa nibs and drizzle with the dressing.

easter dinner date, Borlotti beans with chocolate, Food and Wine Section, DAting Symbol blogBorlotti Bean Molé

In this recipe, borlotti beans, butternut squash, and kale are baked in a rich, hearty chocolate, chili and paprika-spiked molé sauce.


  • 1 cup fresh borlotti beans
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 ounces shredded kale
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 red jalapeno chilies, halved, seeded, and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 14-ounce can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 ounce finely ground almonds
  • 1 ounce 70% dark chocolate, broken into pieces


Preheat oven to 350 F. Cook the borlotti beans for about 10-15 minutes. Drain and cool the beans under cold running water.

Cut the butternut squash into chunks and coat them in olive oil in a roasting pan. Roast the squash in the oven for 20 minutes until it begins to brown on the outside.

While waiting for the squash to cook, fry the onion, garlic, and chilies gently in the olive oil for 20-30 minutes, until they caramelize. Add the tomatoes and paprika, and then simmer for 15 minutes, stirring to avoid sticking. Remove the cooked squash from the oven and add it to the pan, along with the beans, kale, almonds, and chocolate. Gently stir in the chocolate as it melts. Cover and cook the casserole in the oven for 2 hours at a reduced temperature of 250 F.

Easter feast, chocolate coated strawberries, Food and Wine Section, Dating Symbol blogChocolate-covered Strawberries

This is a classic romantic treat, which is very simple to prepare.


  • 70% dark chocolate
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries


Wash the strawberries in cold water and spread them out to dry. Carefully melt the chocolate by placing it in a bowl over some boiling water, being careful not to let it burn. Dip each strawberry into the melted chocolate so that the strawberry is half-coated. If you have any almonds left over, you can dip the strawberries into them while the chocolate is still wet.

From Chocolate with Love

This chocolate-themed romantic dinner date is the perfect way for couples to celebrate Easter together. Even though chocolate features in every course, the meal should leave you feeling light, refreshed, and able to enjoy the rest of your evening.

Dating Symbol's guest post today is contributed by Tyla Morgan, on behalf of  Cover More  for your travel insurance needs.

Editor Note: For some more wonderful chocolate ideas for Easter – look no further than this or this link!

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