Ensalada de Patatas {Spanish Potato Salad} by Mom De Cuisine

I’ve been away from my blog for a while-t’s been a busy couple of months. We packed up and left Bahrain and moved to Spain (hence my first recipe in a while!) There is a lot that goes on in a transnational move: the boxes, the paperwork, the bureaucracy, oh my! And just as soon as we finished all of that, settled into our new home, we got an unexpected phone call. My mom had suddenly passed away. Somehow, the simple Spanish life we had just settled into got complicated again. We took a whirlwind trip back to the U.S. (our first since we moved overseas) to take care of the arrangements and be with family.

When we returned to Spain, my husband went back to work, the kids started Spanish Immersion preschool, and I tried to find normalcy in our new location. And while we’ve been settled into a routine for several weeks now, life still didn’t feel normal until this weekend.

My husband had a long weekend, so we decided to take our first real European road trip to Granada. I found a cute B&B for us to stay in on an old cobblestone Spanish Street. We thought we’d spend the weekend exploring the Alhambra, enjoying views of the Sierra Nevada, and eating all the tapas we could stand. But unfortunately, my daughter woke up with a stomach bug, so we cut our trip short.

It wasn’t until we returned home that I really felt like we were home. Life had finally found its way back to normal and we were all content. Trying to salvage what was left of the weekend, we went out to lunch on a sunny Sunday. A small restaurant with no menu, just a waiter to recite (in very fast Spanish) what they were serving for the day left us guessing about what we had actually ordered. A nice plate of jamón (dried, cured ham) a basket of pan (fresh bread), a VERY large serving of fried fish nuggets, and this potato salad.

We’ve actually had this tapa a few times. Like most Spanish food, it’s simple, but fresh. So after a complicated couple of months, I thought my first post back should reflect the life we’ve settled into in Spain: simple and fresh!

Ensalada de Patatas

Ensalada de Patatas {Spanish Potato Salad} Recipe

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 10 mins
Total time 20 mins
Serves 4


  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, sliced into 1/4 inch disks
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper to taste (optional because most Spanish food contains little to no spice)


  • Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Salt the water liberally and bring to a boil.
  • Cook until the potatoes are tender and drain.
  • While the potato cooks, put the onion slices in a bowl of cold water (this makes the onion more mild)
  • When the potatoes are done, drain the onions as well. Combine the onion, potato, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper (if using) in a bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour. Gently fold in the parsley and serve.


This is tapa sized, but increasing the ingredients would make this a great summer side dish. It’s also great with a cold beer!

Ensalada de Patatas

The written and photographic in this article are reference and redaction from momdecuisine.net