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Vejer for Vegetarians and Vegans

  • Eating great vegetarian food in Vejer

The Califa restaurants offering of more than 50 vegetarian and vegan dishes is perhaps the largest selection in Andalucia.

The rise of healthy eating at home and abroad has taken vegetarian and vegan food in to the mainstream gastrosphere and finally on to restaurant tables. Being a vegetarian in Andalucia has never been easy unless of course you are a fan of Ensalada Mixta (order without the tuna!) and the ubiquitous Tortilla Española the heavyweight cousin of the simple omelette. Venta menus are meat heavy where even a ham bone will find its way into the stock used for what would otherwise be a simple pumpkin and bean stew. All that changes however in Middle Eastern cooking where the soul of a meal is primarily vegetable based dishes where spices and grains fill the flavour and protein needs of a meal.

The Califa eateries in Vejer have become an ever increasingly popular destination for vegans and vegetarians with more than 50 dishes on the menu. The Jardín del Califa’s top selling dish is the ‘Mezze’ with Humus, Babaganoush, Taboule, Marrakesh salad and Feta cheese making it entirely vegetarian. Other favourites include the ‘Palmyra’ salad with roast aubergine, basil, red pepper, dill and a black garlic yoghurt sauce - full of flavour! Corredera 55’s summer offerings include ‘Green gazpacho with peas, mint, avocado & cucumber’ and a  ‘Beetroot risotto with Manzanilla sherry & fresh goats cheese topped with toasted pine nuts’ or ‘Fresh caulifower fritters with turmeric and coriander and a yoghurt and honey sauce’ amongst other flavoursome dishes.

The top selling vegetarian dish at Califa Tapas is the ‘Goats cheese from Grazalema deep fried and served with apple compote’ followed by the beguilingly simple ‘Aubergine slices fried with honey’, both an Andaluz and Moroccan cooks favourite. Making vegetarian dishes at home is also incredibly simple. Califa owner James Stuart’s 10 year old daughter Isabella whizzes up a slick hummus in less than 5 minutes, ’Add some cubed steamed beetroot’ says James ‘and you have a delicious vitamin and protein rich dish almost at the drop of a hat’.

Try this easy dish at home!

Corredera 55’s Green gazpacho with peas, mint, avocado & cucumber

  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 large avocado (stone and peel removed)
  • 1 cucumber
  • Half a cup of mint leaves
  • Cup of packet peas
  • 2 cups of chilled vegetable stock
  • Half a cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 2 cloves of garlic

Whizz up all together in a blender. Dress with Apple vinegar and a slice of cucumber and serve straight away.

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