Top 14 Vegetarian Tapas Recipes

Easy Vegetarian Tapas Dishes for Entertaining

Patatas Bravas
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Are you vegetarian, or are you entertaining vegetarian guests? Choose one or several of these meatless tapas to prepare. There's something for everyone - from cheese-lovers to garlic lovers. Most are simple and easy; some do not require any cooking at all.

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    Roasted red peppers in oil
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    Marinate roasted red peppers in extra virgin olive oil, vinegar and fresh minced garlic. Then, serve on a platter with slices of rustic bread on the side.

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    Grilled eggplant
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    Broil or grill slices of eggplant, then spoon over a tomato-basil vinaigrette sauce and serve. This is a great make-ahead dish, which you can take out just before serving.
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    Pimientos De Padron
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    Fry small green padron peppers in olive oil, then sprinkle with coarse salt and serve. There cannot be a simpler tapa!

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    Fried cauliflower
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    Dip in beaten egg and light dust with flour. Then, pop the cauliflower pieces into the frying pan to brown on all sides. Serve with creamy, garlicky alioli sauce, or another Spanish sauce for dipping.

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    Marinated carrots
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    Marinated carrots are simple, tasty, healthy and add lots of color to the table. Boil the carrots until cooked, but crisp. Then, marinate for a few hours in vinegar, water, garlic and spices. Try it with mushrooms, too!
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    Patatas Bravas
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    Fry chunks of potatoes and serve warm covered with brava sauce, made with tomato sauce, paprika, Tabasco and garlic. Serve with toothpicks.
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    Patatas Alioli
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    Fried, warm chunks of potatoes are smothered with alioli sauce. This is a garlic-lover's appetizer. Serve with Bravas Potatoes (see above). The "bravas" and "alioli" sauces will compliment each other.

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    Goat cheese in olive oil
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    Soak goat cheese in olive oil and spices. Put it in the refrigerator, so the garlic, thyme and rosemary becomes infused into the oil. Serve with a cheese knife and slices of French-style bread.
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    Jennifer Meier

    Use soft goat cheese and mix with roasted garlic and paprika. Spread that over slices of bread and arrange with sun-dried tomatoes and capers on top. The tangy, yet creamy goat cheese, combines with the rich flavor of roasted garlic and the salty flavors of the tomatoes and capers. It's ready in just a few minutes.

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    Salmorejo soup photo by Spanish Sabores
    Lauren Aloise

    Salmorejo is a classic cold tomato soup that originates in southern Spain and is popular throughout the country. A summer staple, it's one of the most popular hot weather tapas in Spain along with it's more liquid cousin, gazpacho. Traditional salmorejo is topped with hard boiled egg and diced ham, but there are other version that are topped with tuna, and it's easy enough to order it without ham in just about any restaurant.

    For a twist, try a modern salmorejo recipe, like my beet salmorejo topped with goat cheese and apple. 

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    Lauren Aloise

    Another summer staple in Spain are the cold marinated salads that you'll often find in the glass display case in Spanish bars and restaurants. These cold tapas are a perfect way to combat the summer heat, and are best with a refreshing glass of wine wine or sherry. There are many marinated salads you will find throughout Spain, including marinated radishes, carrots, potatoes and roasted red peppers. All are delicious, topped with extra virgin olive oil, sherry vinegar and sea salt. 

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    Tortilla de Patata - Potato Omelet or Spanish Omelet
    Lisa Sierra

    There's nothing more traditional any time of year than a freshly made tortilla de patatas, the classic Spanish omelet made with eggs, potatoes and onions. Every family has their own recipe, and everyone claims that theirs is the best. The secret to a fantastic Spanish omelet is having the best quality ingredients-- farm fresh eggs, the right potatoes, and extra virgin olive oil. Vegetarians can get creative with add ins-- mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers etc. At a summer barbecue in Spain there is always tortilla de patatas on the buffet, usually sliced up and served room temperature. 

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    A safe bet for vegetarians in Spain is usually mushrooms. Spaniards love mushrooms of all types and they are prominently featured in seasonal cuisine. Whether simply prepared with minced garlic or scrambled in a revuelto (a scrambled egg dish), just make sure to specify that you want them​ sin jamón (without ham). Mushrooms make the perfect alternative to meat when barbecuing too!

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    Close-up of eggplants on display for sale
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    Summertime in Spain means lots of fried foods, especially fish. But vegetarians don't miss out, as there are plenty of fried vegetables on offer too. One of our favorites is the savory fried eggplant with honey or sugarcane syrup (miel de caña). Both are a delicious mix of sweet and savory that will leave you wanting more.