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Nothing quite says summer has arrived like an evening outdoors in the late-evening sunshine sharing great food and good wine with friends. Which is why we were super excited to learn of Lidl’s new Spanish tapas food range, Sol & Mar. To celebrate we have put together what we think is a totally hip and healthy take on Spanish tapas food made with super nourishing ingredients from Lidl and, yes we admit it, a little wine (more on that below) because, let’s face it, something nothing beats great wine, great food and an evening of sunshine…

Some of our favourite Tapas dishes:

Nectarine, melon, and walnut salad dressed with great Spanish olive oil: In true tapas form we are throwing in some fruits with our salad to make it juicy and sweet. The walnuts add a lovely bit of crunch as well as adding protein to this dish.

Serrano Ham (£1.29) and Melon: Did you know that Melon is full of wonderful health boosting Vitamin A in the form of carotenoids and have about 30 time the beta-carotene of oranges, which will work wonders for your night vision!

Visigodo Rueda D.O. Tempranillo Red Wine – on offer for £4.99: Yes it is true, when drunk in moderation, red wine can be good for you due to its reservatrol content which is also know to keep skin looking young! (Luxury skincare brand Caudalie use it in their facial products).

So & Mar Olives: A true sign of a great Spanish dish is olives. We like to eat them as they come with a little salt. Did you know that olives use to be used in traditional herbal medicine as an anti-inflammatory?

Gluten-free bread toasted and topped with anchovy (34p each), olive and tomato (£1.89) tapenade: Totally delicious and a great source of oils, protein and antioxidants – this dish is as tasty as it is healthy – just go easy on the salt.

For more info visit http://www.lidl.co.uk/en/2486.htm

Available in store from July 17th.