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Carrot Gazpacho with Chopped Salad

The play of textures from carrot juice, carrots, and a tomato-and-cucumber topping give this chilled soup extra elegance. Gazpacho seems a natural choice for lunch or dinner, but how about serving it at your next brunch?

Eggplant and Potato Tumbet

Tumbet, a vegetable dish from Majorca, Spain, is traditionally made by frying vegetables in olive oil, then baking them in a tomato sauce. This version skips the frying to cut down on fat, includes chickpeas for protein, and gets a crumpled phyllo topping for wow factor.

paella primavera

Paella Primavera

Who needs a paella pan? A large skillet stands in for the wide, shallow two-handled cookware in this quick veggie-laden version of the classic Spanish rice dish. Just like its pasta namesake, Paella Primavera lends itself to endless variation. You can substitute zucchini for broccoli in the summer; in the fall, replace half the broccoli with cubed butternut squash.

Fideua

Fideua

In Spain, special noodles are used to make this paella-like party dish, but angel hair pasta fragments work too. Break pasta strands 30 or so at a time to keep them from scattering. Broiling the dish is key to getting its crunchy texture. Serve with Quick Aïoli.

Garlicky Mushrooms

Garlicky Mushrooms

In tapas bars, champiñones al ajillo (garlicky mushrooms) are usually served in small, shallow bowls along with toothpicks.

Minted Fava Bean Salad

Minted Fava Bean Salad

Fava beans are a favorite in Spanish cuisine. Here, they’re tossed into a salad that pairs well with hearty main dishes. Feel free to substitute lima beans.

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

Membrillo (Quince Paste)

A Spanish delicacy with a gumdrop-like texture, membrillo is traditionally served with manchego cheese.

Andalusian Gazpacho

Andalusian Gazpacho

Traditionally assembled from finely hand-chopped tomatoes, cucumbers and green peppers, this Spanish classic now comes together in seconds thanks to the modern food processor or blender. The quantities are only an approximation because you should sample the soup and add ingredients to suit your taste. Using already chilled vegetables lets you eat a cold soup right away. Serve with an herbed omelet, and try lemon bars or wedges of lemon cake for dessert.

Spanish-Style Stuffed Tomatoes

Spanish-Style Stuffed Tomatoes

Cooked with water or broth, amaranth releases a starch that creates a "sauce" similar to grits. It makes an excellent stuffing for a variety of vegetables, particularly when combined with the sweet flavoring of raisins and pine nuts.

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