10 Healthy Spanish Recipes for the New Year

Delicious and Nutritious Spanish Dishes

It could be argued that nearly all Spanish food is healthy. It features fresh, wholesome ingredients, tends to opt for olive oil over butter, and uses few added condiments-- but, even so, it's not always as healthy as it seems. Spaniards love their sweets, their bread, and their pork fat. Holidays are filled with creamy lard based cookies like mantecados, and stews like fabada wouldn't be complete without a big slab of pork fat. 

But, luckily, healthy Spanish recipes are very easy to come by. From bean soups featuring seafood (instead of fatty meats) to cold Spanish soups that are practically prescribed by doctors, Spain is definitely home to its fair share of healthy recipes. 

If you are looking for healthy recipes for the new year, make sure to add some of these Spanish favorites to your shopping list!

  • 01 of 10

    Cold Lentil Salad Recipe (Ensalada de Lentejas)

    A delicious lentil salad recipe that's easy to make and the perfect summer salad.
    Lauren Aloise

    Lentils are a healthy and hearty choice for both hot stews and cold salads. Here they are combined with tomatoes, carrots, hard-boiled eggs and olives for a refreshing and filling healthy Spanish dish. 

  • 02 of 10

    Baked Bream with Spanish Salsa (Dorada con Picadillo)

    Baked bream recipe with Spanish salsa
    Lauren Aloise

    This delicious fish is prepared whole in the oven, then cooled and flaked for this bright salad. The picadillo of peppers, onions, and tomatoes is quick and easy to prepare. 

  • 03 of 10

    Zesty Roasted Red Pepper Salad Recipe

    Delicious roasted red peppers recipe. Holiday tapas recipes you can prepare in advance.
    Lauren Aloise

    A popular Spanish tapa, these roasted red peppers are topped with oil and vinegar. They are simple but unforgettable. They're a great choice for a starter, side dish or they could even be the main course with some tuna on top. 

  • 04 of 10

    Vegetarian Friendly Spanish Bean Stew

    This delicious vegetarian Spanish stew is an easy vegetarian recipe from Spain.
    Lauren Aloise

    While many bean stews in Spain are filled with meat, this version does without. It uses smoked Spanish paprika to get the same effect as Spanish chorizo and results in a delicious and healthy Spanish stew.

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  • 05 of 10

    Watermelon Mint Gazpacho

    Watermelon Mint Gazpacho Recipe
    Lauren Aloise

    A twist on Spain's classic gazpacho recipe, this version uses watermelon and mint for a slightly fruitier result. You won't be able to stop at just one glass, and gazpacho is said to be a real superfood, perfect for anyone looking to add more fruits and veggies into their diet!

  • 06 of 10

    Cucumber and Pomegranate Salad Recipe

    Cucumber and pomegranate salad
    Svitlana Pavelko / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Cucumbers, pomegranates and garbanzo beans combine in this beautiful winter salad. The dish is simple to make, delicious, and looks beautiful on a holiday table.

  • 07 of 10

    Spanish Style Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

    vegetarian stuffed peppers recipe
    Lauren Aloise

    This easy stuffed pepper recipe results in sweet peppers that have been filled with bulgar wheat, onions and mushrooms, and served atop homemade tomato sauce. You won't miss the meat here. 

  • 08 of 10

    Veracruz Sauce Recipe

    Robin Grose

    This sauce is not intended to be very spicy; a small amount of mild chile güero or jalapeño pepper called for, more for flavor than for piquancy. The use of jalapeños in the recipe is doubly appropriate given that its name is derived from Jalapa, the capital of Veracruz State. It's a fantastic sauce for healthy fish or chicken recipes for lunch or dinner. 

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  • 09 of 10

    Easy Chicken Breast With Tomato Sauce Recipe

    Easy Spanish chicken

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    One of the most simple recipes in the Spanish kitchen, this chicken with tomato sauce recipe is perfect served next to a crisp green salad. 

  • 10 of 10

    Flamenco Eggs Recipe: Baked Spanish Eggs with Vegetables

    Spanish baked eggs recipe: huevos a la flamenca or flamenco eggs

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    Spaniards love their egg dishes and eat eggs for lunch and dinner frequently. This recipe bakes eggs over a bed of freshly sautéed vegetables. It's a satisfying Spanish comfort food that is delicious any time of day.