Looking for some tasty but easy summer tapas dishes? Here are 7 to whet your appetite. They all require minimal or no cooking, are great for sharing with friends and family, or just pick one a night if you’re wanting a lighter dinner at home when the heat peaks. Enjoy!
1. Sizzling Garlic Shrimp (Gambas al ajillo)
This is an absolute classic Spanish tapas dish. Seafood features heavily on menus in Spain generally, but in summer it’s a must-have! Ready in 20 minutes, you’ll be transported immediately to the Mediterranean Sea when you taste this.
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2. Salmorejo (a chilled summer soup)
Salmorejo is similar to the more famous traditional gazpacho recipe, but it has fewer veggies in it and tomatoes are the star of this show. While there are many versions of the recipe, it’s typical that it’s topped with hard-boiled egg slivers and serrano ham. We have a vegan salmorejo recipe too.
3. Lacon a la Gallega (cured ham)
For this recipe, you can choose to leave the potatoes out and serve the ham alone or with bread if you prefer. The main event here is obviously the Lacón — if you can’t get this where you are simply substitute it for an unsmoked cured ham (Serrano ham and Duroc pork ham) work well. Then, you just need good quality olive oil, and sweet and spicy paprika, and some salt, then savor the flavors with each piece you eat.
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4. Mediterranean Hummus (with smoked paprika)
You can make your own hummus at home Mediterranean-style in just 10 minutes. It’s delicious and healthy to boot. Dig in!
5. Padron Peppers
These little peppers don’t need much else once you fry them, that’s why it’s a 3-ingredient recipe with just the Padron peppers, olive oil, and salt. Promise you it’s still ridiculously tasty despite being so simple.
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6. Marinated Olives
Dress up some olives in a delicious marinade. While only 5 minutes of prep time is needed with these, you need to plan ahead as they should marinate for at least 2 hours but longer is even better.
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