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5 vegetarian recipes for a healthy summer

If lockdown had any upsides, it was that many of us discovered an unexpected love of cooking. Not just eating good food, but making it. As we mentioned in a previous post, one of the people responsible for this phenomenon was Nandu Jubany. His way of explaining the recipes, his passion and personality, awakened a new gastronomic curiosity in a lot of people, ­with plenty of proof on social media.

Since we’re deep into summer, today we’ve decided to share a few healthy vegetarian recipes which you can easily make at home. Let’s get started.

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Zucchini spaghetti with red pesto

This is a great dish for anyone who can’t eat pasta because of a food allergy or any other reason. We’ll swap the pasta for zucchini spaghetti (aka “zoodles”, they can be made with just about any kitchen gadget), which we can combine with whatever sauce we like best. We’re partial to red pesto. If you want a step-by-step guide to this dish, check out https://www.clara.es/recetas/verdura-legumbres/tallarines-calabacin-con-pesto-rojo_160.

We think it pairs beautifully with our Nativa range Xarel·lo, because the herbaceous notes and the acidity of the wine really balance out the texture and flavors of the dish.

Photo: Clara

Asparagus and tomato salad with curd cheese

Pasta (or similar), salads, cool creamy soups…these are the best foods on hot summer days. This is why we have to put a green asparagus salad with curd cheese on the list. There’s no secret to making this dish. Asparagus is the star here with a supporting cast of cherry tomatoes, curd cheese, walnuts, and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds. Who says salads always need lettuce or some kind of leafy green? 

Much like the previous dish, this one calls for a glass of white wine. A Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay, for example. The freshness and lightness of this dish go perfectly with the characteristics of this young wine.

Veggie rice

This is a classic that offers countless wonderful variations. It’s super easy, because all you have to do is steam the rice (pick the variety of your choice) and then add whatever seasonal veggies you fancy. Zucchini, peas, carrots, tomatoes, green beans, bell peppers…it’s up to you! And…what would make for a good match? This is a very versatile dish to pair, and it combines equally well with our white Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay, our 3055 Rosé, even our Nativa range Xarel·lo.

Traditional gazpacho

This is the timeless summer hit. Some people love it so much, they basically live off gazpacho all summer long. And honestly, it’s easy to make and easy to enjoy. Sometimes you just want a quick, light bite so you can get back to work (or playing with the kids). Gazpacho comes in countless variations: traditional with all the trimmings, watermelon, melon…the variety of recipes is staggering. If you want to know how to make a good gazpacho – the classic Andalusian recipe – check out https://www.directoalpaladar.com/recetas-de-sopas-y-cremas/receta-de-gazpacho-andaluz-tradicional

An excellent option for gazpacho is our Jean Leon 3055 Rosé, a pairing where the colors, flavors, and freshness of the food and wine come together in perfect harmony.

Stuffed zucchini

This is another simple and very appealing recipe. Stuffed veggies work really well as a vegetarian dish. All you have to do is cut the ends off the zucchini, wash them, cut them in half, and empty out the flesh until you have a perfect hollow for your filling. Speaking of which…try frying up some onion, garlic, and tomato – locally known as a sofrito – then add the zucchini flesh, some eggplant, and peas, and grate some cheese on top. What do you think?

For this tasty bite, we’d pick a young red like Jean Leon 3055 Merlot–Petit Verdot, because it has a firmer texture and style; it is a more structured, fuller wine, but still has plenty of fruit and freshness.