18 Red Food Recipes

Red is such an emotive colour; when combined with delicious tastes, it can provide a wonderful sensory experience for the mind and body. They say that blue is a great stimulus for creativity, green is calming and yellow is optimistic. Red is all about passion and has been proven to increase your appetite and even your love life!

So if you want to warm up a winter party, elevate a mid-week dinner into something romantic or cater for a lover of all things red, we have a few ideas for you.

The humble tomato can create so many colourful red dishes. A tomato bruschetta or crostini allows all the colour to show on this tasty bite sized starter. Salsa is another way of spotlighting the wonderful rich palette that tomatoes, with just a touch of onion and lime, can provide our hungry guests.

Red berries like cranberries, raspberries or strawberries can provide such a brilliant range of reds. Not only are berries colourful but they can be used in cheesecakes, sorbets and fruit compotes. If you were lucky enough to grow an abundance of red fruits this hot summer then you may think about making a mouth-watering jam to take you through the winter. One great investment for a family kitchen is an ice-cream maker. This can allow many red desert options, all you need to do is collect a few kilos of ripe summer berries and the rest is up to you.

The power of paprika is always worth considering with all things red. Fresh or powdered, smoked or sweet is a great way to provide a splash of colour to any dish. When you are talking about spices, then let’s not forget about the red chilli which like paprika adds so much to a dish. Explore the recipes below and you are sure to soon be painting the kitchen red.