We’ve heard a devastating rumor over here at Cooking Light headquarters: Is Millennial Pink really on the outs??

By Mackenzie Craig
May 25, 2017

Sure, we’ve seen it around.  And okay, it DOES seem to be trending in the same way as, say, a no-whip-iced-skinny-latte-with-one-shot-of -sugar-free-vanilla-syrup and yoga pants. But you know what? We don’t give a damn. If you could see my desk right now, you might notice a perfectly pale shade of pink as my computer background.  You might see a glass water bottle encased in the most delicate shade of blush.  Oh, and there’s my light pink phone case.  And here are 7—no, wait—11, pink post it notes scattered around. Hold on, let me just check the time on my watch with the pink leather band.

The truth is, Millennial Pink has stuck for a reason. The shade hits a modern fresh note without ever feeling too girly, it compliments just about any skin tone, and it even vibes almost universally well in the world of food photography. Hating on this blushing hue might be a new trend sweeping the Internet, but the art department isn’t letting this one go.  We still—loyally, completely, and forever—love Millennial Pink, and here is our ode to its perfection, Cooking Light style.

1.     Sautéed Salmon with Citrus Salsa

What dish could better scream Millennial Pink than this gorgeous fish and some lovely slices of grapefruit?

2.     Sweet Potato Medallions with Almond Sauce and Chickpea Salad

OK. So the sauce is close enough to our MVP (most vital pink). We swear.

3.     Chocolate Yule Log

The hints of Millennial Pink in this swirly treat make us so happy.

4.     Retro Triple-Layer Parfaits

We will never abandon these precious layers of the most perfect shade of pink. 

5.     Dijon-Herb Crusted Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce

Serve this with some rosé, and make a toast to Millennial Pink. You will be missed.

6.     Tortellini, Chicken, and Arugula Salad

This salad is so pretty in pink. 

7.     Spiced and Seared Flank Steak with Carrot Mash and Snap Peas

If your steak isn't a little bit pink—What are you doing?

8.     Spinach Pesto Pasta with Shrimp

Embrace the pinky color of this delicious shrimp.

9.     Vegetable Soup au Pistou

The chunks of Millennial Pink bacon are our favorite part. 

10.  Wild Salmon with Horseradish-Mustard Sauce

You can never have too many salmon dishes—especially when you're celebrating the best color to ever exist.

11.  Kale Buttermilk Caesar with Frizzled Eggs

The prettiest Caesar salad on the most gorgeous Millennial Pink surface.

12.  Bourbon-Pecan Tassies

A pinkish treat for any occasion.