Spanish potato salad

Spanish potato salad

Ensalada con patatas bravas

Smith & Daughters
Bonnie Savage

We know … Patatas bravas is normally a fried potato dish. This is a spin on the heavy, fried, unhealthy classic version. This recipe is fresher and brighter, and one that is still awesome. But, honestly, we love it both ways. Go ahead, fry or bake the potatoes and toss the sauce through. But seriously, who doesn’t love potato salad? And no eggs means you can take this to picnics and have a light, tangy, spicy alternative that won’t go toxic in the sun.


Quantity Ingredient
1kg kipfler potatoes
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into strips
2 large tomatoes, seeds removed and sliced into thin strips
330g cooked or tinned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
small handful flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Bravas dressing

Quantity Ingredient
4 tablespoons ajvar, (red capsicum/pepper relish)
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 tomato, seeds removed
1 large garlic clove
1 teaspoon chilli flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
125ml extra-virgin olive oil


  1. If you want to peel the potatoes, do it – be a weirdo. But why bother? Weirdo.
  2. Otherwise, place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Add the salt and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the potatoes can be just pierced through with a knife. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. To make the Bravas dressing, blend all of the ingredients except the olive oil in a blender. With motor running, slowly add the oil. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add the remaining salad ingredients to the potatoes and pour over enough dressing to coat really well. The potatoes will soak up quite a lot of the dressing, so add a little more than you think it needs. Check and adjust the seasoning, if necessary.
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