Ensalada de Patatas {Spanish Potato Salad}

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 {Spanish Potato Salad}
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 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)
  1. Put the potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Salt the water liberally and bring to a boil.
  2. Cook until the potatoes are tender and drain.
  3. While the potato cooks, put the onion slices in a bowl of cold water (this makes the onion more mild)
  4. 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!

p.s. You might notice a different watermark on my photos.  Somewhere in the chaos of moving, I decided to start a photography business-because we didn’t already have enough going on in our lives!  If you’d like to take a look at my site, it’s www.alyssagphotography.com

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Ramona - Dear Alyssa,

First of all Welcome back! I have thought several times about you and your family over the last few months and wondered how you have been. I knew you were getting ready to relocate so I figured you had no time to cook and blog. How nice you have settled in Spain. That is one country I hope to visit in this lifetime.

Please accept my deepest sympathies about your mother’s passing. What a very hard time you have endured lately.

I hope Spain is as wonderful as it sounds and you and your family have a great adventure there too. Congratulations with your new photography business. I noticed how amazing your photos look. Did you buy a new camera lens? The crispness of your photos are amazing.

I’m off to check out your photo blog. :)

Welcome back again!

Ramona :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - So glad you are back!! Sorry to hear about your loss, hugs!
Hope you continue to enjoy life in Spain, I can’t wait to see what other delicious recipes you are going to come up with!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - Alyssa! I’ve been wondering where you went! So glad to see you back. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I’m glad to see you guys are all okay. Congrats on your new business! Wishing you the best of luck!

Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen - Oh Alyssa, I am so sorry for your loss of your Mom. I know how hard that must have been. I am so glad though to see you back blogging and I hope that you and your family have a wonderful time in Spain! I envy your amazing life overseas! Great to have you back and I hope that you keep the wonderful recipes coming!

Nami | Just One Cookbook - I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I cannot believe what you went through during this 6 months. Glad to hear at the end you feel normalcy is back, yet I totally understand what you have to go through. Even domestic moving involves so much work and paperwork for schools and everything, I cannot imagine in a new country, new language, ahhh I’m feeling stressed!

But during that time I’m happy to hear you started the photography business on the side, too. Good luck! You take beautiful pictures. I look forward to your new posts from Spain. I’m so jealous. I took 2 years of Spanish in college dreaming to go to Spain one day. I haven’t had the chance yet! :) Welcome back!

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