Bowl of beans with Portugal cityscape in the background
12 Traditional Vegetarian Dishes To Try In Portugal
Peixinhos Da Horta
Peixinhos da horta is a dish made from green beans, and sometimes other vegetables, that are coated in a light batter and fried until crispy.
Azeitonas (olives) are integral to the local cuisine. Dozens of types of olives are grown in Portugal, so you never know quite what you're going to get.
Cenouras À Algarvia
Cenouras à algarvia are essentially a marinated carrot salad, often served as a light and refreshing snack before
a meal.
The carrots are first cooked whole, then sliced. After cooling off, they're tossed with olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper, and herbs like parsley or cilantro.
Arroz De Tomate
Literally meaning "tomato rice," Portuguese arroz de tomate
is a soupy concoction seasoned with garlic, onion, peppers, fresh herbs, and plenty of
olive oil.
The rice in question is usually short-grain carolino rice, which is native to Portugal. This traditional specialty is often served as a side dish with fish.
Milho Frito
Meaning "fried corn," this typical dish from the Portuguese island of Madeira consists of small rectangular pieces of deep-fried cornmeal.
Most traditional restaurants
add thinly sliced couve, which
is similar to kale, to the cornmeal. It is a common accompaniment to skewers of meat, called espetada.