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Top Spanish Summer Salads

Refreshing Salads for Hot Summer Days

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From crispy green lettuce to fresh fruit and creamy potato salad, Spaniards enjoy a wide variety of salads in the summertime. We've put together our list of the "top" salads for hot weather. ¡Buen Provecho!

Berenjena con Vinagreta de Tomate - Grilled Eggplant in Tomato Vinaigrette

Eggplant with Tomato Vinaigrette
Lisa Sierra
Eggplants are very common in Mediterannean cooking, particularly in Spain. This eggplant dish is great to serve as a "tapa" or a side dish, especially in summer. It is the perfect make-ahead dish with roasted eggplants dressed with tomato, basil garlic in olive oil and vinegar.

Spanish Orange and Avocado Salad - Ensalada de Naranja y Aguacate

Ensalada de Naranja y Aguacate - Spanish Orange and Avocado Salad
Lisa Sierra
Brightly-colored sweet oranges, creamy green avocados, red onions and black olives make a “fiesta” on your plate. Serve it as a starter or end the meal with it, since there is citric acid in the oranges, it is a good palate cleanser.

Ensalada Tropical - Spanish Tropical Salad

Ensalada Tropical - Tropical Salad
L. Sierra
"Ensalada Tropical" originates from the south of Spain, in the provinces of Granada and Malaga. The Costa Tropical in Granada is a coastal valley and micro climate, where wonderful tropical fruits and vegetables grow year-round. The mixture of fruit, cheese and fish is very unusual, but creates a delicious and tantalizing taste.

Salpicon de Marisco - Spanish Seafood Salad

Salpicon de Marisco - Spanish Seafood Salad
Lisa Sierra
Quick, easy and tasty, this Salpicon de Marisco, or Seafood Salad is a perfect summer dish. Serve it as a light main course, a side dish or a tapa.

Ensaladilla Rusa - Spanish Potato Salad

Ensaladilla Rusa - Spanish Potato Salad
Lisa Sierra
The name for potato salad in Spain is "ensaladilla rusa," or Russian Salad. It is said that this dish was invented by a Russian. Wherever the name originated, it is a great summer salad, packed with protein and even veggies!

Ensalada de Pepino - Cucumber Salad

Spanish Cucumber Salad - Ensalada de Pepino (c)
Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Spanish style Cucumber Salad is a perfect dish for a warm day. It is light, tasty and refreshing. If you need to prepare something at the last minute, this salad is great, since it is easy to prepare!

Mixed Green Salad - Ensalada Mixta

Ensalada Mixta - Mixed Green Salad
Lisa Sierra
In Spain, a green salad is almost always on the table at mealtime. "Ensalada mixta" or a colorful, mixed green salad is served on a large platter. It usually includes a mix of ingredients that Americans may find surprising, such as olives, tuna and white asparagus, as well as tomatoes and onions. Easy to prepare, it is as tasty as it is attractive. Perfect for dining on the patio or terrace this summer.

Spanish Summer Pasta Salad - Ensalada de Pasta

Spanish Summer Pasta Salad - Ensalada de Pasta (c)
Lisa Sierra (c) 2009 Licensed to About.com Inc.
Like Spanish potato salad, Spanish pasta has a distinctly Mediterranean flavor, and is fresh-tasting and easy to make. Bow tie pasta, mayonnaise, fresh tomatoes, olives, pickles and onion are tossed with vegetables. Add a can of tuna to the mix and you have a great-tasting Spanish take on pasta salad.
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