13 Healthy Traditional Spanish Recipes

Most Spanish recipes are unquestionably rich in flavor and filling, which is why they are a popular choice for gatherings or holiday festivities. Spanish dishes are generally simple to prepare, but what distinguishes this cuisine is how they are prepared and the ingredients used. If you need more Spanish recipe ideas, then here are 13 healthy and traditional Spanish recipes you can easily prepare! 

13. Ajillo Mushrooms (Spanish Garlic Mushrooms)

Ajillo Mushrooms (Spanish garlic mushrooms), is an easy mushroom tapas recipe which is takes less than 10 minutes to make. Rich with garlic and parsley, it makes a delicious side dish or canapé as well.

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12. Asadillo Manchego (Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Salad)

Asadillo Manchego is an easy and refreshing Spanish salad made with roasted red peppers and tomatoes. Enjoy as a side, or serve with some crusty bread for an easy, healthy and delicious lunch.

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11. Spanish Omelette (Spanish Tortilla)

Whip up this tasty classic Spanish Omelette in 25 minutes with 4 simple pantry ingredients. This tortilla recipe is delicious served hot or cold and makes a great breakfast, lunch, dinner or tapas.

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10. Sopa de Ajo (Spanish Garlic Soup)

Sopa De Ajo (Spanish Garlic Soup) is a flavorful garlic-heavy soup that’s thickened with day-old bread, seasoned with smoked paprika and served with poached eggs on top. This traditional rustic soup is easy to make with just 5 simple ingredients.

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9. Easy Spanish Vegan Paella (Gluten-Free, Allergy-Free)

An easy meatless recipe for the traditional Spanish rice dish! This Vegan Paella is gluten-free, allergy-free, packed with authentic flavors, and hearty vegetables. A healthy, one-pot, vegetarian dinner that will quickly become a new family favorite!

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8. Pan con Tomate (Spanish Tomato Bread)

Pan con tomate (or pa amb tomàquet in Catalan) is a popular Spanish tomato bread, perfect for tapas and snacking anytime from breakfast through dinner. It’s extremely easy to make and only requires five ingredients.

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7. Ensaladilla Rusa (Spanish Potato Salad)

Spanish Potato Salad (Ensaladilla Rusa) is a classic creamy potato dish popular all over Spain. With a combination of cubed potatoes and boiled vegetables, canned tuna is the real star here. This is an easy and versatile addition to any tapas menu, and it works just as well as a simple side dish.

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6. Escalivada Catalana (Catalan Roasted Vegetables)

Escalivada Catalana, sometimes called escalibada, is a Catalan roasted vegetable dish. It features eggplant and red bell peppers, and sometimes onions and/or tomatoes. It’s a light option for a Spanish tapas menu or can act as a simple vegetarian side.

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5. Barceloneta Potato Bombas

Potato Bombas are breaded and fried mashed potato balls with meat filling. An invention hailing from the Barceloneta beachside neighborhood of Barcelona, these are must-have tapas when visiting this jewel of the Mediterranean. If a trip to Barcelona is not on the horizon right now, make them yourself with this recipe!

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4. Pollo en Pepitoria (Chicken Braised in Saffron, Almond, and Egg Yolk Sauce)

Pollo en Pepitoria is a classic Spanish braised chicken recipe featuring a delectable thick sauce made with saffron, almonds, garlic, bread, and hard-boiled egg yolks. This cozy dish is perfect for fall and winter. Serve it simply with a side of rice for a comforting and satisfying meal.

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3. Spanish Chicken and Rice

Growing up in Spain, one simple and delicious dish we ate often was Spanish Chicken & Rice or, Arroz con Pollo. It’s a family-friendly dish made with rice, chicken, and vegetables for a simple yet satisfying meal that comes together in one skillet so cleanup is a breeze.

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2. Zarzuela de Mariscos: A Spectacular Spanish Seafood Stew

You know when you taste something from another country that is so incredible that it makes you contemplate, for a brief second, going straight to the airport and flying to that country just so you can eat it EVERY DAY? That’s Zarzuela de Mariscos, a stupendously delicious Spanish seafood stew that is THAT good.

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1. Spanish Almond Cake

Spanish Almond Cake is a rich flourless dessert that is popular all over Spain. To make this sweet treat you only need 5 simple ingredients. It’s also naturally gluten-free!

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