I wish I was back in Spain sipping Rioja and eating tapas! Tapas means “small plates” and there are all sorts of varieties including salads. Being there inspired me to create a Spanish Tapas Salad made with ripe tomatoes and Spanish olives.
Enjoy this recipe for Spanish Tapas Salad!
- 2 Tbsp Spanish Sherry can substitute red wine vinegar
- 5 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil Try a Spanish Brand
- 1 Tbsp capers pickled in brine
- 1 clove garlic finely chopped
- 1 tsp paprika
- 4 medium tomatoes ripe, diced
- 12 whole Spanish Olives stuffed with pimento, anchovy or garlic
- ½ cucumber peeled and diced. With Persian or hothouse you can leave the skin on
- 2 shallots finely chopped
- mixed lettuce or chicory
- Whisk together the sherry, olive oil, garlic and paprika in a small bowl. Season with a little salt and pepper and set aside
- In a large bowl place the tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, and capers.
- Pour the dressing over and toss lightly
- Line individual bowls with lettuce or chicory leaves. Spoon a serving size into the center of each bowl and serve.
Eating Tapas in Spain
Lunch is the major meal in Spain and during “fiesta” workers often take a long lunch either at home, in the park, or at their local tapas bar. Dinner is served after 9 or 10 pm but the tavernas are always busy serving tapas including small bites of meat, fish, vegetables, and salads.
In open markets like Mercat de la Boqueria in Barcelona, you can find fresh vegetables, fish, meat, and even eat tapas inside.
Here are some of the varieties of Spanish tapas and salads we found at Plaza Mayor in Madrid.
Have you eaten Tapas? Please leave a comment below and let us know.