TOP 10 VEGETARIAN TAPAS (part I)

Manchego Cheese tapaSpain has lots of delicious tapas”, but a healthy chunk of them involve meat. True, being a vegetarian in Spain is not that common and may draw lots of weird looks. However, it’s entirely doable and enjoyable!

If you’re vegetarian and are planning a holiday in Spain, arm yourself with two short phrases: “lleva carne?” (does it have meat?) and “sin carne, por favor” (without meat, please) and take note of the below list of vegetarian “tapas”, all of them commonly found everywhere in Spain:

1. Aceitunas – Olives

Olives are fantastic in Spain. They come in all type of varieties and flavors. If you’re strict vegetarian just beware of the ones stuffed with anchovies.

2. Pan con tomate – Toast with olive oil & tomato

A humble, yet tasty and delish, dish. Being originally from Catalonia, it’s nowadays found pretty much everywhere in Spain.

3. Queso Manchego

Of course, this has to be our preferred veggie “tapa”! Ask for it with some “membrillo” (quince) on the side, and get ready for an out-of-this-world experience.

4. Patatas bravas y alioli – Fried potatoes with salsas

For complete enjoyment, wash these “patatas” down with a “caña” (small glass of beer).

5. Tortilla española – Spanish omelette

This has to be the basic vegetarian go-to dish. Just make sure it’s homemade and slightly moist in the center – dry and hard “tortillas” are awful, believe me.

Want to know more delicious veggie “tapas”? Then watch this space!

QUICK & TASTY #9 – Green salad with Manchego & walnuts

Manchego cheese saladContinuing with the string of tasty and healthy recipes with Manchego, today I bring you a salad that – unlike others – is full of personality.

The gutsy contrast of assertive greens with the sweet caramel, the slivers of Manchego, the wild raddish and the walnuts; will surely impress your guests.

What you need:

  • 1 head of green or red leaf lettuce
  • 1 (1/2-pound) piece Manchego cheese, rind removed and cheese shaved into thin slices (preferably with a cheese plane)
  • 4 oz chopped walnuts
  • 4 oz wild radish
  • 3 oz brown sugar
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Red wine vinegar
  • Salt

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry lettuce and tear into pieces. Arrange lettuce on a large platter.
  2. Sprinkle walnuts and chopped wild radish over lettuce.
  3. Cut the Manchego cheese in slices and place them in a grill – this can be done either using the microwave or a medium-heat oven.
  4. Sprinkle the brown sugar on top of the cheese slices and grill them for 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese is caramelized on top.
  5. Dress salad by drizzling vinegar and olive oil all over.
  6. Enjoy!