35+ Naturally Red Foods (Sweet + Savory Recipes)

Looking for the BEST red foods for Valentine’s Day or a red themed party? I’ve got you covered with these delicious food options!

The BEST Red Food Recipes

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This Cherry Tomato Salad with Roasted Lemons is the perfect side dish. Sweet tomatoes combine with a tangy vinaigrette and delicious roasted lemons. 
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Crostini dipped into melty goat cheese.
This baked goat cheese appetizer is super simple to throw together at the last minute with just 3 ingredients! Chevre is baked in marinara sauce until hot and bubbly – Perfect for spreading on crostini.
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Israeli couscous with tomatoes is an amazing side dish full of flavor. Toasted pearl couscous is tossed with a burst tomato sauce and finished with a squeeze of lime for a delightful tang. Yum!
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This creamy tomato risotto features all the flavors of your favorite caprese salad. Fresh tomatoes, basil and melty mozzarella cheese combine with the creamy risotto. Finished off with a balsamic glaze drizzle. 
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Learn how to make sun dried tomatoes in the oven. Plus, tips on how to season them, store them and use homemade sun dried tomatoes. 
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This Authentic Italian Sunday Gravy is what I grew up eating every week. Nana’s tomato meat sauce holds a fond place in my heart, and her recipe lives on to this day in my recipe box. It’s my most requested recipe and today I’m sharing it with you.
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Learn how to make the PERFECT Sous Vide Filet Mignon. With a timing chart for the perfect rare, medium, or well done steak.
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Shrimp Fra Diavolo features sautéed shrimp tossed in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with white wine. It's a quick & easy delicious pasta recipe perfect for the weeknight dinner table. 
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Easy 30 Minute Marinara Sauce offers rich and sweet flavors that can be enjoyed on plenty of dishes. Using basic ingredients & only 1 pot.
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Pa Amb Tomàquet (or Pan Con Tomate) is a simple but delicious tapas recipe made with only 5 ingredients! It's like a Spanish version of bruschetta in the best way possible with toasty bread, garlic and fresh grated tomatoes.
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Bordelaise sauce drizzled on sliced filet mignon.
Learn how to make Bordelaise sauce with this easy recipe. A classic French sauce that is tangy and flavorful. Perfect to drizzle on top of grilled steak or beef tenderloin.
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Diavolo Sauce is an easy and spicy marinara sauce made with flavor-forward ingredients, like tomatoes, garlic, white wine, and red pepper flakes. Toss it with spaghetti and your favorite seafood and enjoy!
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Chipotle hot salsa in bowl with chips dipped into it.
Spice up your life with this copycat Chipotle Hot Salsa! It’s a tomatillo and red chili salsa that’s easy to make at home and packed with layers of nuanced, spicy flavors. Perfect with tortilla chips, tacos, burrito bowls, and more!
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This Cioppino (Italian Seafood Stew) recipe is made with freshly cooked seafood in a bright and aromatic tomato-wine base. It’s easy to prepare ahead of time and can be ready to eat in just 1 hour.
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Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese
This Roasted Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese is a delicious dish that's perfect for Valentine's Day but craveable every day of the year! 
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This easy-to-follow watermelon cutting hack will show you How to Cut Watermelon Into Sticks and Cubes with almost no mess! Enjoy the sticks for snacking and the cubes in a salad. It’s the ultimate summer treat!
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Hands holding bowl of pasta topped with slow cooker bolognese.
This Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce would make my Nana Lamancuso proud. It’s silky and luscious with super tender meat and so much flavor. Crockpot bolognese is where it’s at! 
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This rustic Strawberry Galette is a quick and easy dessert recipe that can be assembled in just 10 minutes using store-bought, refrigerated pie crust. | platingsandpairings.com
This rustic Strawberry Galette is a quick and easy dessert recipe that can be assembled in just 10 minutes using store-bought, refrigerated pie crust.
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These blood orange cheesecake squares are light and citrusy and one of my favorite Spring desserts.
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Beet soup isn’t just delicious, it’s also jam packed with nutrients. A mix of beets, parsnip, ginger, onion and garlic, this blended version is creamy, savory, and rich in flavor.
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These Raspberry Cream Italian Sodas are DELICIOUS and easy to make with just three simple ingredients | platingsandpairings.com
This Raspberry Italian Cream Soda recipe is the perfect mocktail! Plus, it’s easy to make with just three simple ingredients.
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You’ll want to keep a jar of this Pickled Red Cabbage in your fridge at all times. Not only is it fast and easy, but you can use it on anything! Pile it onto tacos, burgers, pork sandwiches, and so much more.
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Ruby-red Homemade Candy Apples are a classic! Made with crisp, tart Granny Smith apples and a thin layer of homemade sugar candy, these old-fashioned treats are perfect for fall and winter!
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With just 10 minutes of prep and only 5 ingredients you can transform earthy beets into tangy tender slices of absolute goodness!
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Easy Red Cherry Thumbprint Cookies. They’ll look so pretty on your table!
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Reset and refresh with this winter fruit salad made with juicy pomegranate arils, grapefruits, and oranges.
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Naturally sweetened, 3 ingredients, and so refreshing! This is the best healthy, easy, frozen summer treat.
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Fresh pomegranate relish is a bright and flavorful condiment that can be served with chicken, turkey, fish, or salad.
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This cranberry salsa recipe is fresh, zingy and mildly spicy! It’s a fun fall and winter appetizer everyone will love.
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Try these festive Red Velvet Pancakes + Pomegranate. Made with cocoa, cinnamon, and vanilla!
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Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Cranberry Sauce.
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This non-traditional version of Muhammara, a Syrian roasted red bell pepper and walnut dip, is both savory and sweet, crunchy and silky, slightly toasty, and with just enough heat.
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These classic stuffed bell peppers are filled with rice, browned ground beef, a delicious spice blend, and cheese.
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Pomegranate Chicken
This Pomegranate Chicken is sweet, sticky, tangy and loaded with so much flavour. Plus, it couldn’t be easier to make!
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This Red Velvet Cake recipe is made from scratch for the best flavor and a moist, tender crumb that pairs wonderfully with a tangy, sweet cream cheese frosting. This is a classic cake recipe for a 2-layer red velvet cake that is quite possibly the best red velvet cake recipe in the world.
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This Cranberry Pie is the perfect dessert for fall and the holidays. Made with a sweet and tart cranberry filling.
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How to Make Ahead and Store

Many of these red food recipes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for a few days or even in the freezer. Simply check the individual recipes for full storing instructions and details on how to make ahead. 

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35+ BEST Red Foods

Looking for the BEST red foods for Valentine’s Day or a red themed party? I’ve got you covered with these delicious food options! Try this Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese. It's a delicious dish that's perfect for Valentine's Day but craveable every day of the year! 
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4 – 6 servings


  • 3 medium beets (trimmed)
  • 3 1/2 cups bone broth (or reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth)
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups Arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth (or dry white wine)
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh dill (chopped (for garnish) )


  • Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Tightly wrap beets foil and roast on a baking sheet until tender, about 1 1/2 hours. Let cool slightly. Peel the beets under running cold water. Place two of the beets in a blender or food processor and process briefly, until somewhat smooth. Dice the remaining beet into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • While beets are cooling, bring broth and water to a simmer in a 2- to 3-quart saucepan.
  • Heat butter in a wide, heavy pot over moderate heat. Cook the garlic and onion until softened and fragrant. Add the rice and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
  • Add wine and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute. Using a ladle, stir in 1/2 cup warm broth and simmer briskly, stirring constantly, until broth is absorbed. Continue simmering and adding warm broth, one ladle at a time, stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding the next, until rice is just tender and creamy-looking, 18 to 22 minutes.
  • Stir in beets, beet puree, vinegar, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring, until heated through.
  • Top bowls of risotto with crumbled goat cheese and dill. Serve immediately. 
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Calories: 550kcal | Carbohydrates: 83g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 828mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 4.3mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 5mg

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