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Vegetarian Spanish Tapas: 14 Rave-Worthy Recipes

Updated on July 26, 2017

Small Dishes . . . Big Flavor!

A fun way to eat with family and friends ... vegetarian Spanish tapas are a perfect combination of various little dishes packed with big flavors.

Let's face it, tapas are meant to be shared . . . so don't be afraid to lay out a number of different dishes for your guests and let them nibble away. I know you'll enjoy these simple-to-make, rave-worthy vegetarian Spanish tapas recipes. . . several of them, vegan-friendly!

[Pssst . . . And if you dare, you can offer a nice red wine or Spanish beer alongside, for the perfect accompaniment.]

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For information on the origin of Spanish tapas, visit "Savory Spanish Tapas: Recipes for Your Next Get-Together."

Tomato Bread (Pan Con Tomate) - A Real Crowd Pleaser

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Easy-to-make, "Bread With Tomato" (aka "Tomato Bread") is simply a toasted slab of bread "rubbed" with fresh garlic and ripe tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and a bit of coarse salt. Some, top it off with cheese.

But know this: It is one the most well-loved and most widely eaten tapas dishes. Once you've tried it, you'll understand why many even eat it for breakfast!

The step-by-step recipe for "Pan Con Tomate" can be found HERE

Beautiful Tapas Serving Dishes

Le Souk Ceramique Square Sauce Dishes, Set of 4, Sabrine Design
Le Souk Ceramique Square Sauce Dishes, Set of 4, Sabrine Design

Set of 4 Square Clay Dishes; Dishwasher-safe and microwave-safe, but not for oven or stovetop use.


Authentic Spanish Omelet (Tortilla Española)

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A super-popular egg, potato and onion dish in Spain, "Tortilla Española" is regularly served as tapas. A good recipe can be found HERE . . . But make sure to watch the video below to learn just how to make this delicious dish.

How to Make Tortilla Espanola with Celia Tejada

Garlicky Green Beans (Alubias Verdes con Ajo)

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A simple and easy recipe that uses fresh green beans and garlic!

Alubias Verdes con Ajo - Approx six servings

  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin Spanish olive oil
  • salt to taste

Wash and snip the ends off of the green beans. Steam until cooked (but still very crisp).

Heat olive oil in a large sauté or frying pan. Add minced garlic and sauté on medium heat for approximately 3 minutes (be careful not to burn).

Add green beans and lightly sauté until thoroughly coated well with oil and garlic. Remove from pan to serving dish and salt to taste.


Photo used under Creative Commons from: Emily Barney, on Flickr

Escalivada is made from roasted (traditionally cooked on a grill) eggplant, peppers, onion, (and sometimes, tomatoes), which is dressed with garlic, salt and olive oil.

How To Prepare?

  • Clean produce before rubbing with olive oil. Flame grill (or roast in the oven) the eggplant, peppers, onions and tomatoes until soft.
  • Remove from heat, let cool before peeling and de-stemming the eggplant. Likewise, peel and seed the peppers. Cut the roasted vegetables into strips. Sprinkle with finely chopped garlic and dress with oil and salt before serving.

This is a dish you can prepare days ahead and store in your refrigerator. It's yummy served hot or cold.

Escalivada . . . Ready For Serving

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Roasted Potatoes With Spicy Sauce (Patatas Bravas)

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Some choose to deep fry the potato wedges and some choose the roast in the oven. Watch the video below to learn one way to make "Patatas Bravas."

How To Make Patatas Bravas

Fried Eggplant (Berenjena Frita)

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A good recipe for "Fried Eggplant with Molasses" can be found HERE

Spinach Tapas

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Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms

Fried Padron Peppers (Pimientos de Padron)

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Popular all over Spain with locals and tourists alike, these small green peppers (grown in Padron, Spain) are usually served fried with olive oil and coarse salt. Most taste rather sweet and mild, although some are particularly hot and spicy. The recipe for "Pimientos de Padron" can be found HERE

Spanish Cucumber Salad Tapas

This works wonderfully as an accompaniment to hotter or spicier tapas. Watch the video below to learn how to make "Spanish Cucumber Salad."

5 Vegetarian Tapas Spreads and Dips

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Dips and sauces that taste great simply spread on a slice of rustic bread.

A Little This . . . A Little That ... - A Vegetarian Tapas Sampler: marinated mushrooms, grilled eggplant, sliced baguette with a savory spread . . .

Photo used under Creative Commons from: suzettesuzette, on Flickr

© 2012 Dee Gallemore

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Great recipes! I shared them on our Tumblr page today!

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      Pinar Unlu 3 years ago from Mugla Turkey

      I loved this lens, thanks :)

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      All recipes are awesome.Thanks for sharing this awesome post.

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      zee-macmillan 4 years ago

      These all look sooo yummy, thanks for the inspiration!

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      That Spanish omelet is calling my name. Love those tapas dishes, too. Thanks for the culinary inspiration!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      It all look so delicious I can't wait to try your recipes soon. I will bookmark this so I can come back .

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I like the Tortilla Española and the Escalivada, all pictured vegetarian tapas looks really good, now I am inspired I am going to make a Vegetarian Spanish Tapas Party! -:)

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      Now I'm seriously hungry! These vegetarian tapas look great, some I have never tried before.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      These all look so delicious! I especially love the look of the spinach tapas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      They look really nice, thanks for sharing.

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      I like tapas

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      DonMiguel1 4 years ago

      Yum!!!! Head to the grocery store now!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      So beautifully and deliciously presented and I feel healthier after just looking at your vegetarian Spanish Tapas! :)

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      empathzone 4 years ago

      The recipes are awesome! Loved the lens and I will check on the book as well.

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      MiaMusement 4 years ago

      The photos you find are SO AMAZING... I'm going to add a link to this lens on the one I did on Spanish tapas for the NYE Food Quest... tomorrow as it's getting late... actually it just crossed over into "getting early"... :)

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      My mouth is watering now! :-D The food in these pictures really looks delicious.

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      theinformationguy 4 years ago

      My wife is a vegetarian , I think I will try to make some of these fine recipes for her as a surprise ! Thank you for sharing and for this really good lens !

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      RuralFloridaLiving 4 years ago

      Amazing recipes. Thanks for sharing

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      Neil Spencer 4 years ago from uk

      This is a great lens and I really enjoyed reading it today so thank you :-)

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Oh, my gosh. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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      MikeRobbers LM 5 years ago

      Even if I'm not vegetarian, I will make some of these for sure!!

      thanks for your lens!

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      leewhiteleewhite 5 years ago

      Mouthwatering -- all of them!

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      Mark Shirbroun 5 years ago

      Wow - looks delicious! Great pictures, I'm hungry now.

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      santadelcobre 5 years ago

      Amazing lens, delicious. I will try a few of these recipes over the weekend!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      What a lovely lens - I am hungry now - tortilla is a favourite in this house.

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      Undersea 5 years ago

      I live for Patatas Bravas! Thank you so much for sharing some excellent recipe ideas

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      These are perfect for summer parties!!

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      ddunkin23 5 years ago

      I am going to have to make some of these!!

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      ddunkin23 5 years ago

      Wow! I am drooling just reading about these Vegetarian Tapas!

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      AngelDey 5 years ago

      These look wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

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      Echo Phoenix 5 years ago

      yummmmmmmmmmy:) thanks!

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      My stomach is growling as I write this. I'll be trying some of these.