Did you think that last week’s list was absolutely delicious? Did you have the opportunity to try all the veggie “tapas” I recommended? Then get ready for more to come! Who said Spanish food was just about paella & meat?
6. Salmorejo – Vegetarian cold soup
This is similar to gazpacho but even tastier. Ensure it comes “sin jamón” (without ham), as many versions come with Serrano ham sprinkled on top.
7. Huevos rotos – Fried eggs with potatoes
Simple food at its best. Again ask for “sin jamón, por favor”.
8. Pimientos de padrón – Spicy bell peppers
If you’re the kind of person who likes surprises, this will surely be your tapa of choice. As some peppers are sweet and others spicy, you’re in for a fun ride!
9. Croquetas de espinacas – Spinach croquettes
Croquettes are a must have “tapa”. For veggie enjoyment, as for croquettes “de espinacas” or “de setas” (mushrooms). Yum!
10. Queso Manchego frito – Fried Manchego Cheese
Fried cheese is a commonly found “tapa” in the La Mancha region, home of the Manchego cheese. Try it with some marmalade on the side to maximize the enjoyment. Surely, the perfect end for a veggie “tapas” feast.
Spain 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!