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22 Delicious Spanish Side Dishes That’ll Wow Your Guests

Spanish cuisine is a moment. It only takes one taste for you to get hooked on the exquisite combination of flavors! Spanish cuisine is also known for using fresh, colorful ingredients that elevate the simplest of recipes. Talk about being good to the eye and the tongue!

Expand your culinary horizons with these classic Spanish side dishes — ranging from Champinones Al Ajillo (Spanish Garlic Mushrooms) to Menestra de Verduras (Spanish Vegetable Soup). These simple but tantalizing dishes will allow you to appreciate the unique flavors of Spanish cuisine, and with ease of preparation!

#1. Almogrote

This recipe, oozing with the rich taste of goat’s cheese, will not disappoint! A slight spiciness from pimienta picona (a type of dried pepper) elevates the overall taste, which is made all the more enticing when all the ingredients are blended into a smooth consistency. Serve this tasty, creamy dipping with pieces of bread to enjoy.

#2. Black Olive Tapenade

Sweet and savory, this recipe calls for blending a variety of delicious ingredients in a blender or a food processor — combining the salty olives with the goodness of honey and olive oil — for spectacular results. Slather it on a toasted slice of homemade bread for a simple, yet flavorful meal or use it as a dip or garnish!

#3. Best Padron Peppers – How to Cook Pimientos de Padrón

This one-ingredient dish packs a punch of flavor that is complemented by a splash of color. It’s made using Padrón peppers that are native to northwest Spain and are typically mild flavored. So there won’t be any mouth burning, eyes watering, or nose running. Phew! Serve these blistered peppers on their own or with huevos rotos (fried eggs and potatoes) for a finger-lickin’ good meal!

#4. Champinones Al Ajillo, Spanish Garlic Mushrooms

This recipe yields bite-sized pieces of mushrooms coated in flavorful juices. The combination of garlic and dry sherry provides an out-of-this-world flavor, which is further accentuated by the addition of lemon juice and warm spices that create a zesty heat punch. This simple recipe will take your tastebuds on a ride!

#5. Chistorra and Piquillo Peppers Toast

Chistorra, or cured red sausage, is paired with the most exquisite delicatessens of Spain — piquillo peppers. The unique flavors and textures in this delectable combination will leave everyone wanting more! Serve it with bread garnished with chopped parsley for a stunning side dish that will be a hit at your dinner table.

#6. Easy Calamares Fritos (Spanish Fried Calamari)

This recipe is a must-try for every seafood lover! It’s made by coating calamari in a mixture made of lemon juice, flour, seasonings like black pepper, paprika, and cayenne pepper, and milk before frying them to crisp golden perfection. Serve them with lemon wedges, sea salt on the side, and a garlicky sauce for an incredible side that can be paired with any meal!

#7. Easy Escalivada Recipe (Catalan Slow-Roasted Vegetables)

This super easy-to-make recipe will be the star of your next dinner party! All you have to do is roast veggies that have been seasoned with a dash of red wine vinegar to bring out smokey and slightly tangy flavors. While it’s quite delicious on its own, you can also serve it with sourdough bread, tortillas, or risotto.

#8. Ensalada Mixta

This salad recipe is robust, colorful, and full of delicious flavors. Make this mouthwatering treat with anchovy filets, serrano ham, tomatoes, hard-cooked eggs, torn mixed salad greens, red onion, bell pepper, black olives, and cured sausage all folded with a simple vinaigrette — it’s a dish that’s chock-full of fresh flavors and beautifully pleasing to the eye!

#9. Ensaladilla Rusa (Russian Potato Salad)

Don’t be fooled by the name; this salad is a popular dish in Spain. It features a colorful combination of potatoes, carrots, green beans, capers, peas, beets, and tuna dressed with a layer of homemade (or jarred!) mayo for the most delicious side dish. Top it with some shrimp for added appeal.

#10. Garden Fresh Gazpacho

This recipe yields the perfect gazpacho to refresh yourself with on a hot summer day. In a food processor, blend your favorite veggies such as tomatoes, celery, jalapeño, zucchini, and onions into a chunky consistency, then chill for about 2 hours. For a flavor boost, top it with diced avocado, fresh corn, or a dollop of sour cream.

#11. Homemade Spanish Rice

This Spanish rice recipe goes well with everything, and because it just takes 10 minutes to make, it’s the perfect dish to make when you’re short on time. Make it with long-grain rice, tomato sauce, minced garlic, and some herbs and spices. For extra flavor, garnish it with chopped peppers, cilantro, or green onions, and serve!

#12. Mallorcan Tumbet

Not a fan of veggies? Well, that’s going to change once you have a bite of this yummy baked side dish. This recipe uses ingredients like potatoes, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers, garlic cloves, and eggplant to create a delicious and elegant meal. Try it and you will get a burst of flavors.

#13. Manchego Mashed Potatoes

This recipe gives the classic childhood favorite side dish a Spanish twist. To make, combine creamy, buttery mashed potatoes with some grated Manchego cheese. Serve this delightfully cheesy side dish on its own or topped with a fried egg or sauteed vegetables. Made extra? You can reheat it in the microwave to enjoy later.

#14. Menestra de Verduras, Spanish Vegetable Soup

This dish is packed with seasonal vegetables. The recipe brings together a variety of vegetables like carrots, peas, turnips, artichoke hearts, green beans, and other ingredients to create a hearty and delicious side dish. Serve it with fish or meat or have it on its own for a light supper.

#15. Mojo (Spicy Latin Sauce)

Citrusy, garlicky, and spicy, this mojo sauce has everything you need in a sauce and then some! To achieve a smooth consistency, blend all of the ingredients in a food processor. Serve this zesty, refreshing sauce with chips, over rice, or use as a marinade or spread it on sandwiches or burritos to take your dish to the next level.

#16. Pan Con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

A popular feature in tapas bars, pan con tomate is made with just a few simple ingredients. It asks for grilling hearty bread like ciabatta till golden brown, sprinkling it with garlic, and topping it with raw tomato puree for a delectable side dish. Serve it as an appetizer with roasted mushrooms and olives or your favorite toppings or as a side dish to complete your meal.

#17. Papas Arrugadas (Wrinkled Potatoes)

This wrinkled potato recipe uses only two ingredients to produce a flavor-packed side dish that’ll become a regular feature in your weekly meals. To make, boil small potatoes in water with lots of coarse salt so that the potatoes are cooked with a thin layer of salt and wrinkly skin. Serve with mojo or a spicy or garlicky sauce.

#18. Patatas a lo Pobre (Poor Man’s Potatoes)

Peasants in Spain used to consume this dish during famines, hence the name. It uses common kitchen ingredients like potatoes, garlic cloves, extra virgin olive oil, onion, and green peppers to produce a delicious vegan dish. It also takes only 20 minutes to prepare, making dinner on busy weeknights a breeze!

#19. Patatas Bravas

You can never go wrong with potatoes — this patatas bravas recipe is yet another testament to that claim. It yields golden, crispy potatoes and carrots by baking them, and then they’re topped with a garlic-butter mixture made of melted butter, herbs, and garlic. Safe to say, this addictive dish will practically fly off your dinner table.

#20. Pisto (Spanish Vegetable Stew)

Fresh veggies like eggplant, onion, red and green peppers, tomatoes, and zucchini sautéed in olive oil create layers of flavor in this Spanish pisto recipe. Garnish this hearty vegetable stew with fresh parsley, basil, or coriander, and top it with fried eggs, or make a large batch and serve it with your main meal.

#21. Spanish Bean Salad with Red Peppers

This vegan, gluten-free recipe comes together in only a few minutes, making it the perfect dish to whip up on busy weeknights. To make, simply add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix until well combined. Serve this simple side dish with freshly baked crusty bread to soak up all the delicious flavors, and save leftovers (if any) in the fridge to enjoy later.

#22. Spanish Broccoli & Prawn Salad

This salad recipe has a fantastic contrast of color, flavor, and texture, and it’s also very low in calories — a great option for a delicious side dish that’s also healthy. Serve this beautiful tapas meal at a Spanish dinner party or at a potluck to feed a crowd. It’s sure to be a shining star on the menu either way!

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences. She loves Mediterranean cuisine and is an advocate of using fresh, hyper local, and seasonal produce. Ribana’s food philosophy is “Eat a little bit of everything.”

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