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6 Tasty & Nourishing Spanish Tapas

6 Tasty & Nourishing Spanish Tapas

6 Tasty & Nourishing Spanish Tapas

I was recently in Madrid and its surrounding cities. It was a beautiful experience, and what struck me as a particularly great idea was the tapas culture there. Of course, tapas exist in other nations under various names: In France, they’re hors d’oeuvres; in Italy, antipasti. In Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and Egypt, they are called meze; and in Morocco, mukabalatt.

The idea is to enjoy a series of small bites. Many of them are deep fried, but you can choose some incredibly flavorful and healthy ones. You could wash down your tapas with beer, sherry or wine, or you could enjoy them with a simple glass of water. Rounded off with fresh orange wedges or grapes, they are delightfully palate-refreshing, too.

My pick of the most delicious and healthful tapas:

  1. Juicy grilled tomatoes, spiked with rosemary-flavored salt.
  2. Feta and Olive: loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and oodles of taste!
  3. Bruschetta: brushed with garlic, toasted and topped with goat cheese and/or tomatoes and herbs; this is a winner in my book.
  4. Portobello mushrooms filled with garlic and olive oil. Absolutely exquisite flavor, fibre and super-easy to make. I tried this in the Old Spanish Quarter, in a bar that makes only mushroom-based tapas!
  5. Peach and mozzarella skewers. Simple, delicious and so good for you.
  6. Spinach, garlic and tomato pizza: all the flavor and fibre without the fat!

Even if you indulge in a fried bite, the concept of eating small portions makes it both fun and low on guilt. Some ‘fatty’ bites, such as those featuring salmon or tuna, lavish you with essential Omega-3 fats, and because the portion-size is small, you need not worry about piling on the pounds.

Who says you canít have your cheesy pizza and eat it too? Salud!


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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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2:13PM PST on Dec 11, 2012


2:35PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Thank you for the article. Haven´t eaten Bruscetta in a long time. Love it with garlic, olive oil, chopped tomatoes, red onions and cilantro. Will have it for lunch tomorrow. Mmm

12:11PM PST on Nov 15, 2012


1:45PM PST on Nov 14, 2012


1:26AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

Tapas are wonderful and I highly recommend that everyone try them! Thanks Shubhra.

11:28AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

Yummy pass me more....

2:24AM PST on Nov 8, 2012

My favorite is pesto spread on a slice of french bread topped with provolone and fresh tomato slices. Delicious.

8:10PM PST on Nov 6, 2012

Thank you!

11:48AM PST on Nov 4, 2012


5:57AM PST on Nov 4, 2012

I live in Madrid (doing my MBA here for the next 9 months or so) and these tapas everywhere can get repetitive. It's hard to find a decent, square round meal in a Spanish restaurant.

So in other words, tapas is a bit touristy, once you actually live in a city you need a robust meal :-)

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