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Huhh!!! quite a mouthful! and quite scrumptious too!!

Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing

Sharing with you all, a delicious, mouth-watering, and beautiful looking single-serve-salad recipe! 

Actually... this is a 3-in-one recipe, in-fact, 4-in-one! ask how? 

well.. well... First of all, most importantly, this salad is perfect fit for a Valentine's Day Brunch or Dinner, starter salad! All components of this gorgeous salad are singing a love song - dates, sweet chocolate, rich parmesan cheese heart-cups, fresh and juicy strawberries, nuts, plus a creamy dressing! a perfect sweet and spicy combination of flavors!

Valentines Day Brunch Salad with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing

Second, I'm sharing with you recipe to make own parmesan Crisp Cups! Trust me!! It is so easy, 2 ingredients and just 15 minutes and you will have beautiful and EDIBLE salad cups, ready to serve in a party or for at-home gourmet experience, as a first course, to a romantic candle-light-dinner-for-two!

Valentines Day Brunch Salad in Heart-Shape Parmesan Cups

Third, Chipotle-Sour Cream dressing! Even though this no-mayo dressing is much lighter than our spicy mayo-heavy-dressings! Please don't take this dressing lightly ;) It is packed with aromatics, smokey taste with subtle tang and creamy texture! scrumptious on all levels!

No-Mayo Creamy Chipotle-Sour Cream Salad Dressing

Last, but not the least, Salad!! my friends! Trust me, if you have never tried chocolate M & Ms in a crisp romaine salad before, you should try it now! When I was working and testing recipes for my Salad Cookbook, the combination of chocolate and crisp romaine hearts with fresh strawberries really blew me away! I'm addicted to it!

Valentines Day Brunch Salad with Dates Chocolate and Heart-Shape Parmesan Cups

and this combo is so perfect for a chocolate-rich occasion, like Valentine's day! Don't you think??? chocolate in drinks, cakes, and salad too!!

Say I love You with M and Ms

Other day, I saw this advertisement on TV where they let you put any personal message or picture on M&M's! That is so awesome! I'm not sure if you can order that at such short notice! But, if you can, how cute and romantic it will be! plus he/she will certainly not expect that on a salad! So unexpected, and surprising for your Valentine! hmmm.... actually.... me too warming up to this idea!! 

Valentines Day Savory Brunch Salad in Heart-Shape Parmesan Cups

With this salad, I'm happy to add some savory flavors to your sweet chocolaty Valentine's Day!

Have a blast and Enjoy!



Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing

Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
Total Time Prep Time Cook Time Cuisine Mexican Category Difficulty Easy Yields 4 Single Salads (Serves: 2)
Smart Swap I love some grapes or apples also instead of strawberries!


    Parmesan Crisp Heart Cups
  • 6 tbsp Parmesan Cheese (grated cheese, plus extra for sprinkling on salad)
  • Black Pepper (as per taste)
  • Strawberry Romaine Salad
  • 1 Cup Strawberries (5-6 large berries, sliced thin, vertically)
  • 1 Baby Romaine (heart, small chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Walnuts (or pecans)
  • 4-5 Dates (pitted, sliced vertically)
  • 1/4 Cup Cranberries (dried berries, optional)
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate Candies (I have used M&M's)
  • Creamy Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
  • 1/2 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 tbsp Chipotle in Adobo (fine minced)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon (juice)
  • 1/2 tsp Oregano (dried)
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • Salt and Black Pepper (as per taste)


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  • 1. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Step for Recipe - Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
    2. For dressing, in a small bowl, mix all ingredients and whisk to blend. Set aside.
  • Step for Recipe - Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
    3. On parchment or silicon lined baking sheet, spread , 4 portions of 1.5 tbsp parmesan cheese each, in circle bigger than your cup-mold, space at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.
    Step for Recipe - Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
    4. While cheese is baking, place, up-side-down, four small cup-molds or invert a 6-set muffin tin rack, or invert heart-shape mini-cake pans (as per availability) When cheese is nice and bubbly, work quickly to lift the cheese with flat spatula and place on upside-down cups, press with spoon from sides to make shape. Leave it to set until completely cooled.
    Additional Notes
    Be careful it will be hot. Don't burn yourself! And still work quickly as cheese hardens pretty fast!
  • Step for Recipe - Brunch Salad in Parmesan Heart Cups with Chipotle-Sour Cream Dressing
    5. Once set, divide salad among four parmesan bowls, sprinkle some fresh parmesan grated on salad and top with pecans/walnuts and MandM chocolate. Serve dressing and remaining salad in a bowl on the side!

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18 comment(s)

  1. Love the tasty Parmesan cheese cups!

    Vani, thanks! Glad you love'em :)
  2. Beautifully crafted heart cups—loved these. So vibrant, and delish! YUM YUM!!!

    Anu, thanks!
  3. Padma, thanks!
  4. Delicious and very colourful:) Loved the presentation:)
  5. Agness, thank you so much!
  6. Yummy and colorful - that's what I love!
  7. Erin, thanks!
  8. Well, this sounds absolutely DELIGHTFUL! I'm a lover of any kind of salad, and these edible salad bowls look like they just elevate the dish even more! I cannot wait to try this.
  9. Ditto, Dannii!!! me too! I love chipotle dressings, on anything most welcome! :) thanks for stopping by!
  10. Chipotle and sour cream dressing. That sounds so perfect. I would put it on everything.
  11. Cara, thanks!
  12. Such a beautiful idea! The presentation is so great.
  13. thanks. Gingi!
  14. Olivia, thanks! I will be happy to hear what you think :) chocolate may sound little daunting, but I'm sure you will like it, like i did!
  15. Wow!!! This looks amazing!!! Thank you for sharing! <3 -
  16. Love the idea of salad in parmesan cups!! Im a little scared of the chocolate though... I've never had chocolate in salad before. But I will try it and report back! :P