I am a big fan of potatoes.  Fried, baked, roasted, mashed, whipped, scalloped, in a hash, in a soup, and even steamed, I honestly can’t imagine my life without them.  My love for potatoes is limitless – I love the starchy, large Idaho potatoes, the delicate fingerling, especially the purple and the red, and the sweet potatoes (but only in savory application).

If you are a mom, you know that you shouldn’t admit to having a favorite child…but secretly, you might have one, right?  Similarly, I would hate to admit my favorite way to eat potatoes, but I do love potato salad!  Growing up, I had the Russian potato salad, which I should be sharing with you soon.  Once in America, I became a fan of the All American Summer Potato Picnic Salad.  But the potato salad love does not stop there!  This time around, my love of potatoes takes us to Spain.

What makes this version Spanish are the ingredients: paprika, Sherry vinegar, Spanish olive oil, capers, and roasted piquillo peppers.

Adapted from Spain Gourmet Tour Magazine.
6-8 new potatoes, diced into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 garlic clove, grated
1/4 cup capers, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon chives, sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup roasted piquillo peppers
1/2 cup Spanish olives, sliced
1/2 cup onion, diced
Spanish paprika (optional)


1.  Cover potatoes with cold water, add a healthy pinch of salt, and bring to a boil. Lower heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
2.  While potatoes are cooking, whisk together mayonnaise, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, capers, parsley and chives.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3.  Drain potatoes and gently mix with the dressing. Fold piquillo peppers, olives and onion. Taste and adjust with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Sprinkle with paprika before serving.

In the mood for more Spanish recipes?  Check out Manchego & Bacon Wrapped Dates and Pork Meat Balls with Piquillo Pepper Sauce.

What’s your favorite way to eat potatoes?

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