In the summer, entertaining often means firing up the grill, generating more heat and filling the patio with smoke. Why not spoil your guests with a buffet of cold “tapas” and salads? All of the dishes below can be prepared ahead of time and kept chilled until ready to serve, including the light desserts. Here is a list of suggestions for this summer tapas Celebrate an unforgettable party, from the decoration to the music to the presentation of the food.
Time-saving suggestion: Do you sometimes eat potlucks or share the cooking chores with friends? Select the dishes you want to serve, then print out the recipes and give them to your friends to make and bring home! It means less work for you and everyone has every right to brag about it.
Ensaladilla Rusa – Spanish Potato Salad
potato salad or Russian Salad is a favorite among the Spaniards in tapas Bars, but also for Sunday lunches or celebrations.
Recipe for grilled aubergines in tomato vinaigrette – Berenjena con Vinagreta
This eggplant dish is great for serving tapas or as a side dish, especially in spring and summer. It's the perfect prep dish that you can take out a few minutes before serving. With two eggplants in the recipe, it makes 6 on the side and 12 on the side tapas
Recipe for melon with Serrano ham – Melon con Jamon Serrano
Salty and full of flavor, the Serrano ham forms an excellent contrast to the sweet, juicy honeydew melon. The tapas It takes about 5 to 10 minutes to prepare and requires no cooking!
Salmon Ahumado con Queso Blando – Smoked salmon with cream cheese
Slices of a crusty baguette, topped with cream or cream cheese and a thin slice of smoked salmon and a drop of lemon juice combine to create a special treat.
Goat's cheese with peppers, garlic, sun-dried tomatoes and capers
With typical Spanish ingredients, this tapa is quick and easy to prepare and has a deliciously smoky yet salty taste. Roasted garlic and peppers are mixed with fresh, soft goat cheese, then spread on rustic bread and topped with sun-dried tomatoes and capers.
Tuna Stuffed Peppers – Red peppers stuffed with tuna
A great dish for summer or any time you want to quickly prepare an appetizer. Tuna is mixed with some scallions and olives, then stuffed into roasted red peppers to make a delicious dish tapas.
Ham, Cheese, and Chorizo with Bread – Ham, Cheese, and Chorizo with Bread
How much easier or delicious can a tapas May be?! The sliced bread topped with Spanish Serrano hamcheese and chorizo are sure to disappear as quickly as they are served. Be sure to let the cheese come to room temperature before serving.
Recipe for quince paste with cheese – quince with cheese
Quince paste or “Membrillo” is a typical dessert eaten in Spain. “Membrillo” or “Dulce de Membrillo” is a sweet, very dense jelly or paste made from the fruit of the quince tree. Try it with cheese for a light dessert.
Rioja Wine Sorbet – Rioja Wine Sorbet
Is there a better dessert for a hot summer evening than cold sorbet? This sorbet has a Spanish twist – made with red wine, cinnamon and lemon that give it a special flavor.
Cava – Spanish sparkling wine
Serve ice cold Spanish sparkling wine for dessert or simply pour over sorbet for a celebratory dish!